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The Mafia and the Machine: The Story of the Kansas City Mob Paperback – November 16, 2010
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Also, any Kansas City resident will love the book. It tells a story of the town that no one else has mentioned. The book shows the growth of the mob over the past 100 years or so. The author shows how the mob was very tied to Kansas City Democratic Politics. He proves that Tom Pendergast and the Mob were interlinked almost like a hand and a glove. The growth in one allowed the growth in the other. The Pendergast machine allowed the mob to run wild to the point where the city government looked just like the mob. The author goes on to show how that force continued long after Tom left the scene. The KC Mob had a role in the National Mob fight in the 50s. He reviews the River Quay battles in the 70s in very clear wording that rivals the KC Star in the days of the war. If you loved the movie "Casino" you will love his chapter on the role of the KC mob and Vegas. It was pretty much running the show for the whole nation's mob for a long time. The KC mob was the crew that put the muscle on the teamsters which bankrolled the mob expansion in Vegas. That is a fact the movie points out. In a way their Vegas efforts had a very large national impact.
The book also has several interesting allegations that any KC resident will love. He talks about allegations that the loved Len Dawson was involved in a point shaving scheme. He talks about links to politics up to this day. It is interesting to read about how this event or that event occurred here or there. In a strange way certain parts of the city's character back then has an impact on that section of the city today.
Overall everyone will love this tale of the mob.