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Jerry Capeci's Gang Land - Fifteen Years of Covering the Mafia Paperback – November 4, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; 1st edition (November 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592571336
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592571338
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jerry Capeci has been covering the organized crime beat in New York City since 1975. As a crime reporter for the New York Post and later the New York Daily News, he has personally received death threats, one from a member of the late John Gotti's crew. He is currently the director of public relations at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. His "Gangland" column also appears weekly in the New York Sun, a daily newspaper.

More About the Author

Jerry Capeci, a New York-based award-winning reporter, columnist and author for more than four decades, has written or co-authored seven books about the Mafia. The publication date for his latest book, "Mob Boss: The Story of Little Al D'Arco, The Man Who Brought Down The Mafia," co-authored by Tom Robbins, is October 1, 2013. Capeci was a crime reporter for the New York Post, where he worked for 20 years. From 1986 to 1999, he worked for the New York Daily News, where he wrote "Gang Land," the first weekly newspaper column in America devoted specifically to organized crime, from 1989 to 1995. The following year, he took the column online, as www.ganglandnews.com, where it has been ever since. From 2002 until 2007, the column also appeared in The New York Sun.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Parker Benchley VINE VOICE on April 2, 2004
Format: Paperback
New York City has always been notorious as one of the capitals of Organized Crime (Chicago is the other). And those of us who follow the doings of the Mob have been fortunate over the years to read Jerry Capeci's "Gangland" columns in the New York Daily News. Capeci encapulated the doings of the Five Families each week in a column written with a panache and style rarely seen these days. His column was so incisive that John Gotti reputedly considered issuing a contract on him.
Those who were not fortunate enough to read Capeci's columns when they originally ran can now rejoice with the publication of "Jerry Capeci's Gangland," a compilation of his columns over the years. This is more than just plain good writing; it is living history, a chronicle of the times when infighting coincided with RICO indictments to diminish the power and glory of New York's Five Families.
Compelling from beginning to end, this is a book any interested reader should have on his or her shelf.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "cdiddy1402" on December 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
jerry has always been the expert on the mafia. this book chronicles the most compelling stories about the mafia. if you're interested in the mob and want to get all the stories from over the years, this book is a must-have. an excellent read from beginning to end and great photos. bravo.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 2003
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It reads like Shakespeare with marinara sauce. Better than a Sopranos episode and more filling than a dinner at Umbertos. I just love to read the real life soap opera that is today's mob. A++++ Jerry. You really know these goombas and all their foibles. I loved this book and the pictures along with it. A must read for all mob fans.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D Greening on May 4, 2004
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This is a well written journey through all the TRUE CRIME we love reading about in novels and watching on TV or at the movies. Capeci's construction of episodes is solid and gives them a gritty realism that really brings them alive.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 2003
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that this collection was assembled. the one thing i'm wondering is how jerry could even choose the best of... but this is definitely worth the wait. plus, with its striking design and unique size this book is a perfect gift for a mob aficionado or any reader who appreciates the art of journalism. jerry knows his craft well!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "lbpromo" on February 28, 2004
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Jerry's great collection of real-life mob stories proves once again why he's the ultimate authority on the Mafia. Another good book by a good fella. Can't wait for the next one!
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