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on March 31, 2006
Author Mars Eghigian Jr. has provided the reader with the role Frank Nitto played for the Capone organization both during the heyday of Capone and after Al was shipped off to prison. Nitto proved himself to be a loyal employee of Capone as treasurer of the organization, and it was his job to see to it that obligations to the organization were taken care of so he wouldn't have to send henchmen such as the murder twins Scalise and Anselmi off to force an appropriate settlement. For this reason "The Enforcer" was an appropriate title. Obviously some of this material is also to be found in other titles on the mob in Chicago during the 1920's, but I especially found the information on the assassination of Mayor Tony Cermak in Miami to be interesting even though it is questionable whether or not it was mob related. Personally I would say it wasn't since I don't believe the mob would use an assassin such as the unstable Giuseppe Zangara. In addition this is the first book I have found to include the assassination of Ed O'Hare, father of World War II hero "Butch" O'Hare who had the Chicago airport named after him. I did find grammatical errors on pages 110, 178, 228, 424, and 435 that got by the proofreader that someone may want to correct in future editions of the book. In addition on page 154 the author refers to the North Side Moran gang's location on Clark Street as the "CMC" Cartage Company. The correct initials are the "SMC" Cartage Company. Finally on page 166 the death of Hymie Weiss is listed as 1927 when the correct year is 1926. Nevertheless, this book fills the void in the Capone gang during the 1930's when gangster books on the 1930's is of hoodlums that robbed banks in the mid-west.
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on February 25, 2014
Check out most of the other reviews for the subjects covered in this work. Well done, well researched, easily followed chronological history of one man's career in crime from cradle to grave. Family history also included. I discovered lots of interesting details about Nitti that were surprising. Most film and TV portrayals are way off base. There are some spelling problems but they don't really get in the way here it's so interesting I glossed right over them. Beware, the print is small and the book is a long one due to the thorough coverage. Many photos included in the middle for reference to many (but not all) of the main players covered in the text. One can't go wrong with this one unless your attention span is quite limited.
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on February 19, 2009
Frank "The Enforcer" Nitti was able to consolidate his power with swift cunning, and remarkable accuracy. Nitti is mentioned many times in this book as acting "sub-rosa". He was very low key, and lurked within the shadows of organized crime for years, unlike his predecessor, Al Capone. He learned 1st hand from Capone's example that being in the spotlight was not the way to conduct mob business.

Of course, anyone reading this book should have already read about Capone and Johnny Torrio, the latter being the visionary that started it all. Both men were at the right place at the right time. Johnny Torrio had good people around him from the start, and he was one step ahead of everyone. As a result of Al Capone's close friendship with Torrio, there was a tremendous measure of tutelage and counseling ever present.

After Capone retired, Frank Nitti was implemented to take over. It's amazing - with all eyes on the ever-powerful Capone, that nobody knew who Frank Nitti was, or had any idea of how much power he really possessed. He was small in stature, inoffensive, and always dressed inconspicuous (that of a banker). He upheld a life of any successful businessman at that time. Of course, there was another side to Nitti which the public got a glimpse of all too soon. He was the man responsible for pulling all the strings in Chicago! Frank was a sharp, entrepreneur who had the vision to consolidate the Chicago Mob. He acquired the foundation that Big Al had left; next on the agenda was to develop Mob operations even further. However, with all of the stiff competition around at that time, it truly is amazing that any of these characters lasted as long as they did.

At the same token, we get a look at the man that Frank Nitti was grooming for the # 1 spot (the same way Capone had done with him). Of course, we are talking about Mr. Paul Ricca (aka - Paul the Waiter) who was to obtain the throne after Mr. Nitti. Subsequently, we also see mention of Tony Accardo who took the reigns after Paul. At that particular time, the mob had a very concise way of grooming the next boss to sustain The Outfit at all costs (all of this being accomplished beneath the public radar).

NOTE: One thing I didn't know before reading this book is the following:
Where do you think all of the gangsters from Chicago originated from? Yes, they originally emigrated from Italy. However, most of them landed in New York 1st. Almost all of these heavy hitters based in Chicago were originally from Brooklyn, NY and NYC as well.

There is a tome of information present here. There is a lot of attention to detail in certain chapters, so it is not a swift read. You have to spend some time with this book. In any event, read about Frank "The Enforcer" Nitti, the mob chief who was shot by police in cold blood and lived to tell about it...
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on April 25, 2016
Purchased for the husband. He's a mob-culture enthusiast and this is keeping him fully engrossed. Very factual, no fluff...
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on November 9, 2016
Incredibly well researched and detailed
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on January 7, 2015
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on March 5, 2012
This book is excellent. The author constantly verifies his research with documented sources. I would definitely read another book by this author.
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