Qty:1
  • List Price: $21.99
  • Save: $5.69 (26%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 8 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Boston Organized Crime (I... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Book is in very good condition. It may have some slight wear and possibly include a previous ownerâ€TMs name. We ship within 1 business day and offer no hassle returns. Big Hearted Books shares its profits with schools, churches and non-profit groups throughout New England. Thank you for your support!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Boston Organized Crime (Images of America) Paperback – January 30, 2012


See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$16.30
$12.20 $9.50

Best Books of the Year
See the Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.


Frequently Bought Together

Boston Organized Crime (Images of America) + Boston Mob Guide, The:: Hit Men, Hoodlums & Hideouts + Gangsters of Boston
Price for all three: $46.20

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Year
Best Books of 2014
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for 2014's Best Books of the Year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.

Product Details

  • Series: Images of America
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (January 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738576735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738576732
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"It's a really fun book to have... I recommend it highly."  - Howie Carr, WRKO                                                                                     


"Boston Organized Crime showcases vivid and hard-to-find shots fit to hurtle readers back in time."  -Chris Faraone, The Boston Phoenix

"The book is a who's who of gangsters from bit players to mob bosses...a must-have for history buffs, organized crime historians, and anyone interested in law enforcement and underworld figures and events that helped shape Greater Boston as it is today." - Lynn Daily Item

"The book features more than 100 pages of rare crime-scene photography and mug shots...some that have never been published before. Sweeney's book has been praised as a must-have for history lovers, crime historians, and readers interested in the seamier side of great events." - The Boston Globe


"Outstanding....Really well done. Wicked good!" - Jeffrey Gusfield, author of Deadly Valentines

From the Author

"Boston has long been a hub for organized crime in New England. Of course, criminals aren't confined by municipal boundary lines. Many gangsters who ruled Boston's streets retreated to quiet, tree-lined roads and big mansions in tony suburbs to get their sleep. 
Around Boston's periphery, nearby cities like Revere and Somerville had cultivated their own homegrown gangs and underworld networks. As Revere Police Chief Philip Gallo told the Boston Globe in 1967, loan sharks were coming out to Revere to party "because this is where the action is. Revere isn't a bedroom town. We can't put a fence around the place and say 'stay out.'

So the title of this book - Boston Organized Crime - is slightly misleading. It actually covers a much larger geography. These photographs provide a glimpse into the shady corners and back alleys all over the Greater Boston area - places where deals were made, alliances were broken, and people were executed in cold blood."

More About the Author

Emily Sweeney is an award-winning journalist and staff reporter at The Boston Globe. She was one of the first writers at the Globe to carry a camcorder on assignments and produce videos for the newspaper's website. Her work has been featured on New England Cable News, the Howard Stern Show, and numerous other media outlets. Emily is a member of the Boston Globe Speakers Bureau and she frequently gives talks at schools, universities, academic conferences, and industry events. For more information about her book, visit www.BostonOrganizedCrime.com.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
5 star
10
4 star
1
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 11 customer reviews
You'll find yourself turning the pages as you read Boston Organized Crime; this is an interesting and entertaining book!
Mary Tyrell
In this book, learn about the history of organized crime from its beginnings in the early 20th century, right up to the present with information about Whitey Bulger.
Eddie Coyle
The amount of research that went into this book is shown from the moment you open the book and the book pieces together like a jigsaw puzzle.
Laura Peterson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rich Bergeron on March 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
New York and Vegas mob scenes have been extremely well documented. We have all the Scorcese films to illustrate all that, but nothing cinematic to chronicle the rich mafia and organized crime history in our own backyard. Emily's book shows that the underbelly of organized crime in the Boston area is well established and worthy of this fantastic history book. Any number of characters in this true story would make great movie subjects. My favorite was the story of the guy who got whacked and dumped in a quarry wearing a tuxedo, and only a handful of cops went to his funeral. Like Goodfellas and some of the other famous mafia movies, the moral of the story is: crime doesn't pay. This book is full of incredible photos of the before and after mob hideouts and hangouts as well as mug-shots and casual pictures of a myriad of mobsters and hoodlums. Whether you have any connection to Boston or not, the history here is incredibly detailed and put together in tight-knit pages full of life and energy. Emily is a dedicated professional who obviously did her homework here.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M.Monopoli on February 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
An interesting read... From Prohibition to present, puts the Boston underworld's faces and places right in front of you. I'm from Boston, and I've driven or walked by several of these mob locales, completely unaware of the historical significance. It's nice to be enlightened. Thank you Emily Sweeney :)
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Tyrell on March 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
If you're interested in mobsters or looking for a different take on the history of Boston, you'll enjoy this book. The author, Emily Sweeney, combines historical photographs and richly detailed research to expose the darker side of Boston's past and some of its most notorious residents. You'll find yourself turning the pages as you read Boston Organized Crime; this is an interesting and entertaining book!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James R. Holland VINE VOICE on July 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
Even more than the hundreds of other books in this "Images of America" series of picture books, this one is very helpful for keeping track of the local bad guys--who is who and who did what, when, and where. The book is almost entirely pictures and picture captions organized more or less chronically. In addition to the many mug shots, crime scenes and mobster's private homes, the book also includes pictures of some of the police who brought the gangsters to justice and of course, both open car trunks with rotting corpses as well as fancy funerals.
Absent from the book are a lot of the tabloid pictures of dead mobsters lying in the street with blood running into the nearby sewer. The one photo similar to that description just shows the victim's hat in the street and a trail of blood leading from it to the manhole cover next to the curb. Only a few photos show actual victims still lying where they were killed.
Even without lots of tabloid blood and guts, this is a particularly helpful reference book about the organized mobsters and gangs that plagued the New England area. It's nice to have a face to go with the thug and a picture of the crime scene or the places where the mobsters lived and worked.
This reference book is worth every penny of its retail price.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Aeromarine on December 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Boston Organized Crime brings the dark side of New England's criminal subculture into stark focus using true film noir technique. This highly pictorial tome of black and white photographs enables the reader to put a face to many of the familiar names long associated with criminal activity in the region over the past several decades. Each photo is accompanied by a brief vignette giving it proper background and context. And the range of characters detailed is truly fascinating from the notorious, to the sinister, to the truly hapless. Some would almost be comical had their acts not been so heinous and evil. Ms. Sweeney's tireless efforts coupled with the level of cooperation she received from many local law enforcement agencies that, undoubtedly, gave her privileged access confidential files has resulted in a highly entertaining and interesting volume that would be a welcome addition to anyone's library who is interested in this raw and gritty side of Boston history.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
Most books about organized crime in Boston for over a century, are thicker than 300 pages and for reluctant readers, (who do love the subject, though) Emily just solved the problem by putting such vivid history in the simplest form without compromising content- that is epic!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?