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Killing the Mob: The Fight Against Organized Crime in America (Bill O'Reilly's Killing Series) Hardcover – May 4, 2021
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MARTIN DUGARD is the New York Times bestselling author of several books of history, among them the Killing series, Into Africa, and The Explorers. He and his wife live in Southern California with their three sons.
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press (May 4, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 125027365X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250273659
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.35 x 1.09 x 9.61 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #29 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Part 1 is titled: GUNSLINGERS and includes criminal like Dillinger, Bonnie & Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd and a few others. Also introduced as a young lawyer is J. Edgar Hoover. He’s a key character for the majority of this book and seeing the changes in him thru the years is quite a story in itself. He brings the title “Public Enemy # 1” into existence and turns the pursuit of criminals into a whole new genre of policing and politics.
Part 2 is titled: THE CORRUPTORS which interestingly begins with German Field Marshal Rommel and his need for the Mafia. An interesting story between Hitler, Mussolini and the Sicilian Mafia ensues resulting in many Italian mobsters immigrating to NY as refugees, sidestepping the 1924 Immigration Act and avoiding the need to declare a reason for coming, job status, etc.
Lucky Luciano is the first mob boss in this group and Thomas Dewey is the first corrupt politician tied to him. This is certainly not the last pair! I was stunned by the depth of connections, rather than the corruption itself. It includes Hollywood and Vegas, the entertainment industry in general, almost from day one. Others included in this section are: Joe Lanza, Frank Costello, Vito Genovese, Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel, Al Capone and others.
There’s one story in this section about a Federal Bureau of Narcotics director, Harry Anslinger, who did things in Cuba to rouse Lucky Luciano that made me nauseous. The fact that an unapologetically racist man was permitted to represent the government with his own criminal actions and did them with the knowledge of president Truman is enlightening and sickening.
Part 3 is titled: THE DISRUPTORS and begins with a man I’d never heard of, Sidney Korshak, “ The Fixer”. It’s 1960, JFK is president and Korshak is the most powerful man in Hollywood and possibly far more reaching than that.
The top mob guys, Tommy Roselli and Sam Giancana are both tangled up with the top stars in Hollywood. He’s an attorney who handles the day to day for mobsters and stars alike but is never seen or has his picture taken. He can fix a problem anywhere in the world with a single phone call and his client list is primo: Hilton, Hyatt, Knicks, Rangers, Dogers,Madison Square Garden. There’s a very interesting story about a hit on Desi Arnez!
The Kennedy brothers, Frank Sinatra, Hoover, Giancanna, Carlos Marcelo and New Orleans are a large part of this section. The mob was intimately involved in securing JFK’s election and his execution. RFK is another tangled mess involving lots of players in this book; very interesting reading.
Finishing off the book are Roselli, Giancanna, Hoffa and Donnie Brasco, the undercover agent who infiltrated the mob. Books and movies have been written about this man. O’Reilly boils it down to a succinct few pages that fold into the ending of this incredible book.
Another extraordinary volume in this series, impeccably researched, engrossing as the best crime novel you’ve read, “Killing the Mob” is an eye popper📚
May Action & Adventure, Thrill & Chills 2021 #3
I didn't care for the section regarding Donnie Branco, it could have been more interesting to have a section on Carlo Gambino and his crime family up to John Gotti who was a big plus to actually Killing the Mob.
I expected more on John Gotti, and the more modern "Mob" that is still in business yet today. It did not appear in this book. I would recommend that you watch God Fellas, the movie about Bugsy Segal, The Discovery Series about the Mob, or even the God Father Series. You will gain almost as much information as there is in this book. Sorry Bill, I truly hope your next offering is a better effort.
There are a lot of things I had never heard of in this book such as the setup of the fights between Sonny Liston and Muhammad Ali being thrown, and why were the fight and why was the fight held in pokey Lewiston Maine? And many more surprising stories have been dug up and exquisitely researched by Bill O'Reilly. If you are a fan of the great mob films such as Goodfellas, The godfather, Casino, and our favorite TV series Wise Guy, you won't be able to put this down.