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Black Brothers, Inc. : The Violent Rise and Fall of Philadelphia's Black Mafia Paperback – May 15, 2005
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"If you're a crime buff, or if you just want something fascinating to read, it's a book you can't refuse." -- bookwormsez
"We know about corruption, but this is beyond corruption. This is just amazing stuff." -- Radio host Dom Giordano on 1210AM, WPHT
"A confident chronicle." -- PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE
"A great, sprawling epic." -- PHILADELPHIA CITY PAPER
"A gripping story." -- PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER
"Griffin's reporting is fascinating." -- PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY
"Searing, unrelenting and ruthlessly precise." -- Henry Schipper, producer for Black Entertainment Television's series, 'American Gangster'
Sean Griffin has delivered a richly detailed narrative of the murderous history of Philadelphia's first African-American crime syndicate -- Kitty Caparella - Daily News, Philadelphia
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It's a good book if you're into the nuts & bolts of street crime. Not if you're looking for some sinister force (other than maybe the NOI) that you were unaware of before.
Compared to South Philadelphia, I was living in Disneyland. I recently finished 'Black Gangsters Of Chicago' by Ron Chepesiuk (another compelling read).
I say this (somewhat jokingly), the actor/rapper Will Smith made it out of there? How? (But, I digress...)
I do not remember any of this violence making it onto our television sets in Los Angeles.
Until the massacre of Hamas Abdul Khaalis's family occurred in a house purchased for them by a certain Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul Jabbar) was broadcast. That was BIG NEWS on our side of the country. Not having the information in this book, the descriptions of the scenes were nothing short of horrific. Only cold-blooded killers could have commited a crime at this level. But, these were the very people that Khaalis upset with his rhetoric putting down the Honorable Elijah Muhammed, who headed the Muslim nation from Chicago. The ensuing investigation continued to make the airwaves in Los Angeles for quite some time.
Well-written, well researched. It was obvious that Mr. Griffin could have kept on going (and going) with the story. This book could have been 1000 pages, and he still wouldn't have finished.
I recommend this book to everyone who has an interest in Urban crime (or crime, period).
I rate this book: 4 stars!
I REMEMBER THE DAY I HAD TO ASK RONALD HARVEY TO PLEASE NOT COME INTO THE POOL ROOM ANYMORE . THAT WAS ONE OF THE SCARIEST MOMENTS IN MY LIFE !! BUT HE KNEW I WASN'T TRYING TO BE A ''TOUGH GUY'' AND HE SAID HE UNDERSTOOD THAT I HAD A BUSINESS TO RUN AND THERE WAS NO PROBLEM !!
SO MANY MEMORIES !! I HAVE BOUGHT THE BOOK FOUR TIMES AND LENT IT OUT EACH TIME AND NEVER GOT ANY OF THEM BACK . I WILL BUY IT AGAIN AND READ IT AGAIN FOR ALTHOUGH THERE IS SO MUCH VIOLENCE, THOSE DAYS WERE SOME OF THE MOST FUN DAYS AND NIGHTS OF MY LIFE !! I ESPECIALLY REMEMBER THE TIMES ON 52ND ST. WHEN ''COUPE DEVILLES'', A CLUB, WAS OPEN . WE SAW SO MANY CELEBRITIES THERE AND I CAN STILL SMELL THE STEAKS AND HOAGIES AND THE OTHER SMELLS ASSOCIATED WITH ''THE STRIP''.
I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THIS BOOK AND EVERYONE WHO I HAVE TURNED ON TO IT SAYS THE SAME THING !!
I HAVE TO COMMENT ON THE SADDEST PART OF THE BOOK AND THAT IS WHEN I THUMB THRU IT , I KEEP SEEING THAT LARGE PICTURE OF ''TANK''/LARRIS FRAZIER !! HE WAS A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF MINE AND IT HURTS TO SEE HIS PICTURE STARING OUT AT ME AND KNOWING HE WILL NEVER BE A FREE MAN AGAIN !!