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Playboy's illustrated history of organized crime Hardcover – 1975

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Playboy Press; 1st edition (1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872234061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872234062
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melvin Hunt on December 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This was an outstanding book. This book manages to cover the
history of organized crime from the early days until the present time. All of the famous gangsters are covered in this book,from
Al Capone,Lucky Luciano,up to the present day Mafia dons. You
are given insight into some of the businesses the the Mafia was
entered into such as gambling and bootlegging. Also recieving good coverage was the evolution of the modern day Mafia through
the takeover of Organized crime by Lucky Luciano,Meyer Lansky,and
Bugsy Seigel. The Mafia presence at the House UN-American activities hearings is also given good coverage. An excellent book on the subject of organized crime. You will not be dissapointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Z-ROY on March 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I pride myself as a historian as well as a collector of books on the subject of organized crime and I have to say that this is a very good book in regards to that topic. I liked the fact that the writer started with the early street gangs such as THE DEAD RABBITS and THE BLACK HAND and took the reader to modern day organized crime circa 1975.Of course no book on this subject would be complete without covering the major gangsters of the 20th century such as: Arnold Rothstein,Lucky Luciano,Meyer Lansky,Bugsy Siegel,Al Capone and Carlo Gambino, and this writer covers all of them as well as the subjects that kept organized crime alive from the: political corruption,to the business aspect of it such as; liquor,vice,gambling,narcotics,racketeering and murder. This book also talks about not only the Irish,Italian and Jewish mobs, but also the Asian and black gangsters as well. I wish the writer would have also written more about the great black mobsters such as the; Jones Brothers from Chicago, and Bumby Johnson of Harlem, but the great rare pictures and illustrations made up for it.I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the topic of gangsterism in 20th century United States. This book comes up short only because the writer only focuses on OC in New York City and Chicago. This book would have been complete if the writer would have added info on the; PURPLE GANG in Detroit, and The Mayfield Road mob in Cleveland, as well as the mobs in New Orleans under; Carlos Marcello, and in Florida under; Santo Trafficante as well. Also,the west coast mobs under: Jack Dragna and Mickey Cohen would have been informative. This book is still worth looking at however,as a collector in the genre.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Theseus on October 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Released in 1975, Playboy's Illustrated History of Organized Crime is a chunky brick of a book, 377 pp, 3 pounds. B&w illustrations throughout with some color plates.

Hardcover: cloth over hardback boards with a sewn binding. With dustjacket. Indexed.

The American Dream
Chicago and the Prohibition Years
Slicing Up the Big Apple
War in the Underworld
Happy Days and Hard Times
The Heat's On
Murder Incorporated
V for Victory, Vice, and Vegas
A Little Light on the Syndicate
Perils of Power
Attack on a Hoodlum Empire
The American Nightmare
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Coluccio on July 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Unlike the previous reviewer, I wouldn't describe this as an "excellent" book, though it's certainly a fun one. Published in 1975, "Playboy's Illustrated History of Organized Crime" traces the development of the U.S. underworld from just before the turn of the twentieth century up until President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974 and his memorable line, "I am not a crook." Packed with photos and first-rate illustrations, the Prohibition Era and the mobsters it produced are covered in great detail. The celebrated outlaws who plundered the South and Middle Western states during the Great Depression are also touched upon, though less extensively. A full chapter is devoted exclusively to Murder, Incorporated. Luciano, Dutch Schultz, Bugsy Siegel, the Teamsters and Jimmy Hoffa's long-running feud with the Kennedys, the Kefauver hearings, Vito Genovese's power grab and the subsequent fiasco at Apalachin, N.Y., the Colombo-Gallo war, they're all included in these pages, as well as other subjects too numerous to mention in this format. In short, if you're into crime and enjoy looking at crime related photos, I would recommend this book. I doubt you'll be disappointed. At the very least, it would probably make a handsome addition to your coffee table.
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