- Hardcover: 228 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 8, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1442267291
- ISBN-13: 978-1442267299
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Garden State Gangland: The Rise of the Mob in New Jersey
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Pop-culture aficionados might think that there has never been a New Jersey without the Mob. As Dietche (Everything Mafia Book, 2009) explains, organized crime didn’t appear in the Garden State until the very early 1900s, when the barely organized Black Hand extorted vulnerable Italian immigrant families. From there, he describes a complicated, colorful history. Newark gave birth to Jewish mobsters like Longy Zwillman and Doc Stacher and Italian Mafia like Richie ‘the Boot’ Boiardo, while the corrupt ‘Nucky’ Johnson (famously played by Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire) turned a blind eye to the speedboats unloading illegal liquor during Prohibition in Atlantic City. Dietche explains the Robin Hood–esque code of ethics that pervaded gang culture and the dependence on municipal government that made New Jersey particularly ripe for corruption. Mostly, though, he painstakingly details the movements of the major players throughout twentieth-century organized-crime history, peppered with entertaining and sometimes-disturbing pieces of transcripts of Senate hearings, wiretaps, interviews, and photographs. From the early days to the second heyday, in the 1970s, the Mob wars of the 1990s, and the current tenuous hold on crime in New Jersey, this comprehensive history is for those who are ready to dig in beyond the pop-culture mobster. (Booklist)
From the Boot to Bruno, Lucky to Longy, all the tales of illicit liquor and dead bodies in the bay, an encompassing and relevant read on Jersey’s enigmatic role in gangland’s past through present. Dredging the Passaic for dead gangsters and pouring over revelations within wiretapped mob talk, Deitche delivers the goods on Jersey’s inexplicable role in underworld history. Finally an inclusive account of Jersey’s enigmatic and enduring underworld history, rife with the origins, the outlaws, and the contemporary relevancy the mob’s presence. (Christian Cippolini, author of Murder Inc.: Mysteries of the Mob's Most Deadly Hit Squad and organized crime historian)
Scott Deitche's meticulous and concise research, examines, for the first time, the complete, true account of organized crime in New Jersey. Delicately dissecting over a century of New Jersey's vast Mafia history, Garden State Gangland is a powerful research tool and a necessary addition to any crime library. (Avi Bash, author of Organized Crime in Miami)
Scott Deitche's done it again!! Garden State Gangland is a compelling and thorough examination of historical mob activity in New Jersey unlike anything to ever hit the marketplace. Like Dietche did in the past with his exploring of the richly-texured Florida underworld landscape in prior publishing efforts, in Garden State Gangland he crafts a fast-paced, fact-filled and utterly-fascinating narrative that reads easy and packs a punch with its well-researched anecdotes and exploration of the insider mob politics at play in a region with so many different crime families looking to get a piece of the proverbial pie. For true-crime lovers, mob buffs and Sopranos television show fans looking to get a glimpse into the real world of the New Jersey mafia, this is a must have for your personal library. (Scott M. Burnstein, author, journalist and historian)
As he did with the City of Tampa in his Cigar City Mafia, Scott Deitche has given us with Garden StateGangland another encyclopedic crime book of historical value. From obscure gangsters like Gaspare D'Amico and Vincent Troia to the better known Albert Anastasia, Willie Morretti and more, Deitche shows the important characters, places, and events in the 'Soprano' state's special history of organized crime. It is all here in this long needed book: from the early 20th Century, through Prohibition and right up to developments in more modern times. (Anthony M. DeStefano, author of Gangland New York: The Places and Faces of Mob History, The Big Heist and other true crime books)
Scott Deitche continues to prove himself as one of the best true crime authors out there. The history of organized crime in New Jersey is a complicated one and Scott weaves together that history like a beautiful tapestry. You don't want to miss this one, folks! (David M. Uslan, producer and mafia historian)
About the Author
Scott M. Deitche is the author of 7 books on organized crime, including Cigar City Mafia: A Complete History of the Tampa Underworld, The Silent Don: The World of Santo Trafficante Jr. and Cocktail Noir: From Gangsters and Gin Joints to Gumshoes and Gimlets. He has also written dozens of articles on organized crime for local and national magazines and newspapers. Scott has been featured on The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, A&E, C-SPAN, Oxygen and both national and local news and radio shows. Scott lives in St. Petersburg, FL. with his family.
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