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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (August 21, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306805359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306805356
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

According to the CIP data, this latest offering from prolifi true crime compiler Nash is "condensed from the Encyclopedia of World Crime " ( LJ 8/90). While there is a smattering of information about foreign criminals and about events, this is primarily a biographical collection concerning American mobsters, the Mafia predominantly. The main section consists of articles, ranging from less than 100 words to a few pages, with see references to related articles. There are hundreds of photographs and a lengthy bibliography (although it would have been more useful if relevant citations had been included in the text). A separate section--20 percent of the book--has very brief listings arranged geographically. Nash has a rather lurid style, geared to the general reader, not the specialist. The coverage is extensive but uneven: figures long-dead get more attention, and why, for example, does Charles Birger, an obscure 1920s rural bootlegger, rate four times the space accorded current Mafia boss John Gotti? Despite weaknesses, this book is unique and is recommended for libraries with strong organized crime collections, although presumably it won't be needed by those that already own Encyclopedia of World Crime .
- Gregor A. Preston, Univ. of California Lib., Davis
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jay Robert Nash is widely recognized as the world’s foremost encyclopedist of crime, and has authored more than seventy single-volume and multi-volume reference works, including the Encyclopedia of World Crime.

Customer Reviews

This causes many factual mistakes to merge.
Mr. D. Critchley
If, like me, you really enjoy reading books about The Mafia/True Crime then you need to add this Encyclopedia to your collection.
Jonathan Turbide
I was glad to see many photographs here but was wanting more.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
Truth in advertising? This is solely about the U.S., with a very few token entries on people and place outside it. Nothing on the Triads, nothing on the Golden Triangle, nothing on Marseilles or Hong Kong, nothing on modern international gangs such as the Jamaicans or Nigerians, etc., etc. I returned my copy to Amazon in great disappointment. If you want biographies of some U.S. figures (only some: nothing on Harold Meltzer, for example) with ugly pictures, this might be of some use. But it's solely oriented to personalities, not to analysis
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TLR on August 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
I first bought this book in 1993 before I got on the internet, and I thought it was a very useful reference. Since then, I've realized there are better resources to be found on the Web. This book does contain some errors (as all encyclopedias do), it focuses mostly on the US (not the world) and on the major names (not the smaller but significant figures), but I've kept my copy because it's still an enjoyable read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Critchley on August 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
While its some feat to assemble this amount of information in one boopk, the author never actually goes out to check the accuracy of the data. This causes many factual mistakes to merge. Some are very basic, such as the statement that Jack McGurn was born in Chicago, rather than in Sicily. In a field like this, where errors are commonplace, you need a book that tries to get the truth about personalities and events if its not to be just another myth-spreader. This sadly isn't it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael J Woznicki HALL OF FAME on February 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
Trying to find a good reference book about organized crime? Want one at a good price? Jay Robert Nash has created the perfect book for you with World Encyclopedia of Organized Crime from De Capo Press.
The over 600 pages of the Who's Who in organized crime is covered in an A to Z format. From Joe Adonis, Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, Bugs Moran and so many others, you'll find the fascinating stories and cross-references.
You may find other books more detailed, but I have found this book to be complete in the overall number of people covered. The book is an easy read and the index makes it easy to look up anybody or any topic.
You'll be hard pressed to find a better value for your money. About the only thing missing is a cd-rom software application.
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