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The Mafia and the Machine: The Story of the Kansas City Mob Paperback – November 16, 2010
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In telling just over a century's worth of history, Hayde did considerably more than merely hit the high points - the Union Station Massacre, point-shaving allegations against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Strawman case, and the shocking assassination of a political boss within a Democratic headquarters. Hayde also provided rich detail on little known events, such as the Election Day riots of the 1920s and 1930s and the River Quay war, without ever allowing his narrative to become bogged down.
The result is the most complete picture yet of the Kansas City underworld and of the mutualistic relationship between organized politics and organized crime.
Drawing from court testimony, interviews and law enforcement surveillance, Hayde was able to tell plenty of the history through the actual words of the people who made that history. The big names on the seedier side of Kansas City's last century are all to be found within the covers of The Mafia and the Machine: several generations of Pendergasts; loyal machine politician Guy Park; Mafia front men Johnny Lazia and Charlie Binaggio; mobsters Joseph "Scarface" DiGiovanni, James Balestrere, Tano Lococo, Tony Gizzo and the Civellas - "Uncle Nick," "Carl the Cork" and "Tony Ripe."
Crimefighters were not neglected.Read more ›
"Investigations conducted in the 1950's in Kansas City and elsewhere revealed a "second government" that reigned throughout the 20th century. This shadow government was made up of one "FAMILY" in 19 major territories and 5 "FAMILIES" in New York City. Bosses reigned over their families and territories like feudal lords from the old country. A commission of powerful bosses from several cities oversaw this network of families, making the rules and arbitrating disputes. In the glory days, the mafia reached into every segment of urban society and its tentacles often radiated right from the Heart of America. Events unfolding in Kansas City would affect the fortunes of all the Mafia families and shape the destiny of the entire underworld. The history of "LA COSA NOSTRA" (This Thing of Ours."), is an intricate web of intrigue, with Kansas City right in the thick of it.Read more ›
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My husband and I loved this book and I just purchased the third one to give to friends after telling them about it.; Great Read! J.NiesPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
What an interesting book! The story behind the Mafia in KC and it's influence throughout the country was incredible!Published 3 months ago by William Taylor
Having been raised in the Kansas City area, I found this book fascinating. My paternal Grandmother spoke of Pendergast as a guest at her "chicken dinner" restaurant. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kris F Walkenhorst
Needed this for a college course. It was actually a very interesting read with a lot of good history and information.Published 11 months ago by Chaise Rogers
As a Kansas City resident, it was amazingly interesting to find out some of the Mafia history. I had no idea prior to reading this book how much the Kansas City area was involvedPublished 14 months ago by Suzan
I love stories of my hometown. This brought out many names and places that I know. Very interesting to see how the mafia helped develope the city and it's ties to other bigger... Read morePublished 16 months ago by judy Wempe