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Mafia: The Government's Secret File on Organized Crime Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 30, 2007
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"Fascinating . . . . A panoramic view of the American underworldthe national face seen in a fun house mirror." -- Rich Cohen, New York Times Book Review
"Mafia is the Bible for Mafia-watchers and amateur detectives everywhere." -- Legs McNeil
"Make room on your true-crime bookshelf for this veritable high school yearbook of Americas criminal class." -- T.J. English
"For mobheads and true crime fanatics, [Mafia] is the equivalent of a hijacked truck of unmarked bills. It's also a quirky little slice of the American dream." (Salon.com )
"Fascinating . . . . A panoramic view of the American underworld-the national face seen in a fun house mirror." (Rich Cohen, New York Times Sunday Book Review )
"Mafia is the Bible for Mafia-watchers and amateur detectives everywhere." (Legs McNeil )
"Make room on your true-crime bookshelf for this veritable high school yearbook of America's criminal class." (T.J. English )
"A treasure trove for true crime buffs and mob aficionados-the mug shots alone are worth the price of admission." (Nicholas Pileggi )
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This book is an exact copy of the old Federal Bureau of Narcotics reference on 800 organized crime figures (circa the early 1960s) that thankfully has been reproduced for our enjoyment. This is definitely the "Mafia Bible" of that time period -- filled with information on gangsters from coast to coast.
The setup of the book -- which, again, is an exact copy of the original one -- is separated state by state. There is a California state dossier of mobsters from San Francisco to San Diego. This continues across the U.S. from Missouri to Massachusetts. It is very well organized, including a thorough index of all those profiled and in which other profiles they are listed as criminal associates of another profiled entry.
Best of all are the pictures included in all the entries of that profiled organized crime figure. Many of them I am quite certain have never been seen before outside of the original 50 copies printed by the FBN back in the early 1960s.
The only complaint (very small and probably insignificant to most others) I have is that the paper the book is printed on is quite thin, but then again there are like 500-plus pages, so I'm guessing that's why the paper is so thin so that all the profiles could fit into this big, fat book of facts and unparalleled information on some of the most notorious gangsters of the 20th Century.
In conclusion, I highly recommend MAFIA for any serious (or not-so-serious) researcher of organized crime. This is a book not only to enjoy but to cherish as the gem that it is. I have to thank the publishers for this one, so . . . thanks! MAFIA is well-worth the price of admission.