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New York City Gangland (Images of America) (Images of America Series) [Paperback]

Arthur Nash
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August 2, 2010 Images of America Series
Throughout the United States, there is no single major metropolitan area more closely connected to organized crime's rapid ascendancy on a national scale than New York City. In 1920, upon the advent of Prohibition, Gotham's shadowy underworld began evolving from strictly regional and often rag-tag street gangs into a sophisticated worldwide syndicate that was--like the chocolate egg crème--incubated within the confines of its five boroughs. New York City Gangland offers an unparalleled collection of rarely circulated images, many appearing courtesy of exclusive law enforcement sources, in addition to the private albums of indigenous racketeering figures such as Charles "Lucky" Luciano, Al "Scarface" Capone, Joe "The Boss" Masseria, "Crazy" Joe Gallo, and John Gotti.

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About the Author

Arthur Nash is a freelance archivist and a major contributor of historical objects to the National Museum of Crime and Punishment in Washington, D.C., as well as the Las Vegas Museum of Law Enforcement and Organized Crime, also known as the MOB Museum. In 2006, Nash introduced "MADE In America," the first public exhibition addressing gangland's enduring impact on our nation's pop culture. He currently resides at the landmark Hotel Chelsea in New York City.

Product Details

  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (August 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738573140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738573144
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New York Gangland August 7, 2010
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Art Nash's new book interweaves the history of organized crime in New York city with photos from his own extensive collection of images and artifacts related to organized crime. Many of the photos are previously unseen and come from the families of mobsters and law enforcement sources. It's a fascinating pictoral history which, if I may say so, nicely complements some of Arcadia's other organized crime histories.

Enjoy it (or else)!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book through and through! August 6, 2010
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New York City Gangland by Arthur Nash is the most refreshing true crime book to come out in recent years. Unlike most books that are filled with recycled facts and photographs, NYC Gangland is stocked full of incredible never before seen photographs and riveting stories of NY's most infamous hoodlums as well as the lesser known, though equally captivating, characters that never quite reached the same notoriety as their notorious contemporaries. Using these rare photo's the author does a fantastic job at setting up moments in time where you as a reader can experience the struggles and accomplishments of many iconic mob figures and the gangbusters who pursued them. These fascinating previously unpublished photo's allow readers to finally place a face or image to names, locations, and events that many authors have written about in the past but were unable to depict. Also noteworthy is Nash's superb literary content that delicately mixes his extensive knowledge and research on the subject with personal anecdotes gathered from family and friends of the very subjects covered throughout the book. As an avid reader of 20th century organized crime I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the history of the mob, NYC, or crime photography. Truly a must read and a wonderful addition to any book library!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gangland Photographs Are More Than Meets The Eye September 24, 2010
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When I heard that "Bummy Davis vs Murder Inc" chronicler Ron Ross gave this title a 5 star rating, I knew I'd need to check it out; Ross is one of my favorite writers in the genre (if you haven't yet seen it I highly recommend his novel "The Tomato Can" which deftly mixes boxing lore with gangster lore). What I found after buying this little picturebook was that I'd actually been given a gift, and one I'd often wished for while poring over narrative titles like Bummy's lightly-fictionalized story, and also Tough Jews by Rich Cohen to name another -- it gave me names to put to faces! (the importance of which can't be understated) and it showed me what some of history's most powerful racketeers looked and behaved like inside their own habitats, rather than in Police mugshots alone. And I say "habitats" because a lot these crime figures were real animals, lets not deny it. Yet while absorbing these images it was hard not to notice that the author infused the collection with a human touch. Most importantly, I wasn't left standing at the threshhold of crime but instead toured the old neighborhoods, went inside the crime investigations, social clubs, living rooms of the most influential mobsters of generations past. Crazy Joe Gallo has been dead nearly 40 years so I never thought I'd "attend" a party in the basement of his President Street headquarters but a series of snapshots contained in the sixth chapter of Gangland transported me there -- or so it seemed. I give these photographs high praise for originality and thoroughly enjoyed the author's perspectives spanning a half century. As an earlier reviewer commented, its not your run of the mill book on the mafia - there's even more than meets the eye. My sole criticism is that I'd have liked to see higher resolution on the page but otherwise it was A++
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incomparable collection of photos! November 21, 2011
By Dan F.
Format:Paperback
Nash's knowledge of the history of the new york city underworld is surpassed only by his absolutely amazing collection of photographs. Some of the more notorious characters from the 1930s and 1940s are pictured here, and some of the photos are shown here for the first time. A must-have for any student of the new york city gangs of the 1930s and 1940s - I look forward to more work from Arthur Nash, a real master!
Dan F.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is a brilliant, historic account of organized crime in New York City which is so well written with precision, and accompanied by some of the most unique and rare pictures of organized crime that you will ever find, that it leaves you with a deeper understanding of how things were during this turbulent era of New York City. Arthur Nash brings a style that spares no detail when painting a picture of the activities that flourished in New York City and sculpted a piece of America that with "New York City Gangland" will never be forgotten. I highly recommended this book for libraries looking to expand their organized crime collections for without "New York City Gangland", your collection is not complete. With rare pictures of Bugsy Siegal, Mayor LaGuardia, a formal picture of Lucky Luciano to a class picture with John Gotti, this is a fast and fascinating pictorial read that you won't forget.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Shelf photographs October 18, 2012
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This book is a must-own for collectors of Mafia history. Filled with never before seen images, many of which cover some of the most important "hits" of the NYC gangster set. From Albert Anastasia's crime scene photos to the murder of Joseph Rosen (which ultimately sent Louis "Lepke" Buchalter to the electric chair), this book sings with high quality, well researched images. Highly, highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by sal troisi
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Any Mob Buff!
Arthur Nash shares from his collection in those superb book. Nash's releases for the first time many unseen, and extremely rare, photographs of some of the most famous New York... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars New York Gangsters Book
Arthur Nash's book "Images of America New York City Gangland" should be in the library of every historian of this Crime genre. Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. Hatzell
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended by Mob Candy Magazine
Author Arthur Nash opens our eyes with this book, which contains nearly 200 previously uncirculated photos spanning more then half a century. Read more
Published on January 14, 2013 by Mob Candy Magazine
5.0 out of 5 stars Capo di tutti capi
First, let me say, Art Nash is the real deal.. A honest historian of New York City gangland. He doesn't romanticize the era.. It is as it is. Read more
Published on January 12, 2013 by R. F SHAPLEY
3.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete and Disappointing
The book is sadly incomplete. Consider the major OC figures not included: Frank Costello, Joe Adonis, Clutch Hand Morello, Salvatore Maranzano, Waxey Gordon, Carlo Gambino and... Read more
Published on December 8, 2012 by Lmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Gangland Genius
Nash's amazing collection of photographs and commentary makes this a primary source for all serious students of gangland in America. See detailed review at The Rap Sheet [...]
Published on November 29, 2012 by Seamus Scanlon
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
For gangster buffs and even scholars of organized crime, this is a fantastic collection of photos that, for the most part, have never been seen by the public. Read more
Published on August 14, 2011 by Rick Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars This one's a Hit
Arthur Nash is that rare writer of crime drama - the kind who can really write. His book is informative, insightful, entertaining, and so well written you'll forget you're reading... Read more
Published on May 14, 2011 by Carla L Stockton
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe The Boss Masseria
I just bought this book and it is great. There are two never before seen photos of Joe The Boss Masseria that make buying this book worth it. Read more
Published on January 8, 2011 by michael provens
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