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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Complete history of the mafia. Really interesting how law enforcement did little for years to stem the tide of the gangs infiltrating so much of unions, construction and the... Read morePublished 6 days ago by gary chapman
a very thick and fat book about the mafia in america, its decline but then resurgence.Published 12 days ago by p scott morris
Very interesting history almost to our date. To me, It says La Costa Nostra ( American Mafiia Is far from dead).I would suspect it is alive and well.Published 13 days ago by Keith E. Sawyer
Not finished yet (book is about 700 pages and it's not a quick read) but so far I'm really enjoying it as it is well written and researched.Published 13 days ago by Outdoorsman
I have read several books about this topic but this is one of the best and detailed ones.Published 21 days ago by Gábor Véghelyi
This was is an excellent book and I give it 5 stars. The one negative was the author, Selwyn Raab digressed too much about the JFK assassination and how the mob most likely was... Read morePublished 25 days ago by BigMikeBronx