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Mafia and Organized Crime Research - Chicago

Rick Warner
The list author says: "For those who want to know which books on the Mafia and Organized Crime are the most accurate and useful for research and writing books, papers, dissertations, etc., here is the list. Since the lists are limited in size, this one concentrates on Chicago. Will be updated as necessary."
After Capone: The Life and World of Chicago Mob Boss Frank The Enforcer"" Nitti""
After Capone: The Life and World of Chicago Mob Boss Frank The Enforcer"" Nitti""
"The most thorough work on the successor of Al Capone.  Detailed and heavily endnoted."
The First Vice Lord: Big Jim Colosemo and the Ladies of the Levee
The First Vice Lord: Big Jim Colosemo and the Ladies of the Levee
"Detailed and accurate work on Big Jim Colosimo.  Bilek, former Cook County Sheriff, became the head of the Chicago Crime Commission."
The Complete Public Enemy Almanac: New Facts and Features on the People, Places, and Events of the Gangsters and Outlaw Era, 1920-1940
The Complete Public Enemy Almanac: New Facts and Features on the People, Places, and Events of the Gangsters and Outlaw Era, 1920-1940
"Contains charts, chronologies, useful photos and biographical info on the 1920s and 30s gangsters, including members of the Chicago Outfit."
The Business of Crime: Italians and Syndicate Crime in the United States
The Business of Crime: Italians and Syndicate Crime in the United States
"Generally accurate academic work with much info on Chicago."
The Origin of Organized Crime in America: The New York City Mafia, 1891-1931 (Routledge Advances in American History)
The Origin of Organized Crime in America: The New York City Mafia, 1891-1931 (Routledge Advances in American History)
"Focuses on New York but includes material on Chicago."
Barbarians in our midst: A history of Chicago crime and politics
Barbarians in our midst: A history of Chicago crime and politics
"Detailed earlier work on the Chicago Mob.  Peterson headed the Chicago Crime Commission."
Guns and Roses: The Untold Story of Dean O'Banion, Chicago's Big Shot Before Al Capone
Guns and Roses: The Untold Story of Dean O'Banion, Chicago's Big Shot Before Al Capone
"Rose Keefe is a Canadian writer who has written a necessary corrective to the misinformation on O'Banion.  Detailed and accurate."
The Man Who Got Away: The Bugs Moran Story: A Biography
The Man Who Got Away: The Bugs Moran Story: A Biography
"Another winner from Keefe.  She discovered that Moran wasn't Irish at all, but of French origin."
The Last Mafioso: The Treacherous World of Jimmy Fratianno
The Last Mafioso: The Treacherous World of Jimmy Fratianno
"California Mafia member who transferred to Chicago in 1956, later returning shortly before turning informer."
Vengeance Is Mine
Vengeance Is Mine
"Follow up work on Fratianno."
Enforcer
Enforcer
"FBI agent Roemer's bio of Tony "the Ant" Spilotro."
Understanding Organized Crime in Global Perspective: A Reader
Understanding Organized Crime in Global Perspective: A Reader
"Useful academic work."
All American Mafioso: The Johnny Rosselli Story
All American Mafioso: The Johnny Rosselli Story
"Influential Mafioso who was a member of the Los Angeles and Chicago crime families."
Mafia: The Government's Secret File on Organized Crime
Mafia: The Government's Secret File on Organized Crime
"Reproductions of government documents that include photos and biographical information."
Family Secrets: The Case That Crippled the Chicago Mob
Family Secrets: The Case That Crippled the Chicago Mob
"Transcripts and commentary of the recent Family Secrets case."
Captive City : The Startling Truth about Chicago and the Mafia
Captive City : The Startling Truth about Chicago and the Mafia
"Mostly covers Chicago from the 1940s to 1960s."
Mr. Capone: The Real - and Complete - Story of Al Capone
Mr. Capone: The Real - and Complete - Story of Al Capone
"Well-researched bio of Al Capone."
Capone: The Life and World of Al Capone
Capone: The Life and World of Al Capone
"Earlier bio of Capone that is accurate but lacks sourcing."
Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wante
Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wante
"New bio of Capone that has controversial take on the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.  Other than that, it is well-researched and includes interviews from relatives."
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre: The Untold Story of the Gangland Bloodbath That Brought Down Al Capone
The St. Valentine's Day Massacre: The Untold Story of the Gangland Bloodbath That Brought Down Al Capone
"Helmer and Bilek wrote what is considered the now orthodox view on the Massacre.  Readable, but lacks footnotes or endnotes."
Historic Photos of Chicago Crime: The Capone Era (Historic Photos)
Historic Photos of Chicago Crime: The Capone Era (Historic Photos)
"Valuable collection of photos, some never published."
Uncle Al Capone - The Untold Story from Inside His Family
Uncle Al Capone - The Untold Story from Inside His Family
"The only bio of Capone by a relative.  It is actually Deirdre Capone's personal story which includes interactions with her infamous great uncle.  She also provides answers to questions she gave to her grandfather, Ralph "Bottles" Capone.  Believes the Massacre was committed by rogue police officers."
Scarface Al and the Crime Crusaders: Chicago's Private War Against Capone
Scarface Al and the Crime Crusaders: Chicago's Private War Against Capone
"Academic work on the wealthy businessmen who created the Secret Six, formed to fight Al Capone and other gangsters."
Al Capone and His American Boys: Memoirs of a Mobster's Wife
Al Capone and His American Boys: Memoirs of a Mobster's Wife
"Follow up work to Helmer and Bilek's book on the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.  More academic in nature."
The Outfit
The Outfit
"General history of the Outfit.  Gives much credit to Murray Humphries."
Supermob: How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Associates Became America's Hidden Power Brokers
Supermob: How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Associates Became America's Hidden Power Brokers
"Korshak was a mob attorney in his earlier years and an influential political donor in his later ones.  He was said to give the Outfit's point of view while representing its leaders.  The book has been criticized for making claims that could be interpreted as antisemitic.  Still a useful work with a large bibliography."
Roemer: Man Against the Mob
Roemer: Man Against the Mob
"Autobiography of the FBI agent who took on the Outfit from the late 1950s to 1970s."
Accardo: The Genuine Godfather
Accardo: The Genuine Godfather
"Roemer's take on the Outfit's chairman."