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Beginning with a brief history of the Sicilian origins of the Mafia, Raab exhaustively explains how the Mob took over New York before spreading to cities across America, particularly Las Vegas, their most successful outside venture. He also shows how the New York Mafia lost a great deal of power in the 1980s and '90s due to many significant busts and effective plea-bargaining. However, since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the F.B.I. has been focused mainly on external threats, leaving the Mafia room to regain some lost turf by moving into new avenues of crime. An investigative reporter for 40 years, Raab interviewed dozens of prosecutors, law enforcement officers, Mafia members, informants, and "Mob lawyers," providing anecdotes and inside information that tell the true story of the Mafia and their influence over the past 80 years. --Shawn Carkonen
I thoroughly enjoyed Selwyn Raab , "Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires."
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too long...hard to keep track of who is who and when is when and what is whatPublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very detailed account of the Mafia families in New York. The writer included wire tapped conversations and court dialogue. My favorite chapters were on Gotti. Read morePublished 9 days ago by James M. Gavin
I thought this was not written well. It was boring. Mr. Raab maybe a good reporter but the book was substandard.Published 19 days ago by Scott
Good overview of the five mafia families of Ney York. Especially enjoyed the section on Vincent 'Chin' Gigante.Published 24 days ago by Adam Coyle Reddaway
If you want the real story of what the mob in America was doing, read this book. It will knock your socks off.Published 29 days ago by RA4077