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About the Author

Rick Porrello is chief of a suburban Cleveland police department. He wrote The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia while researching the murders of his grandfather and three uncles—all Mafia leaders. Porrello is author of To Kill the Irishman, now a feature film starring Ray Stevenson, Val Kilmer, and Christopher Walken. Porrello is an accomplished jazz musician who traveled worldwide with the late Sammy Davis Jr., and he is host of the venerable organized crime history site: AmericanMafia.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Barricade Books (August 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569802777
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569802779
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book was an outstanding read. I couldn't put it down. I gave it four stars simply because I felt it should have discussed the Cleveland Syndicate further. For example what about Moishe Wexler? He owned the Theatrical Grill, a great club in its day. As a born and raised Clevelander, It was very interesting to find out more about stories that I have heard since childhood. I would recommend this book, and in fact I am planning on putting it on the reading list for my criminology classes at Kent State.
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The story keeps your interest. Any fan of Cleveland and Mafia lore will enjoy this book. The story was well researched, but occaisionally lacked detail and depth. As the decades continued, the specifics got more sparse and general. While I enjoyed the book, this one aspect left me a little disappointed. Still worth your money at the price it is at. Recommended!
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Martin Scorsese would have great content for his next film if he read this book. Rick Porello is able to take these moments in Cleveland history and make them as compelling as the stories about Luciano, the Gambino Family, etc. I can't wait to begin reading his other two books.
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This book is a must for nostalgic buffs who want to go back to Cleveland when bootleggers tried to take over the city. The reading about a history that involved part of a family's patriarchal demise is saddening, yet paints the reality and cruelty involved with gang warfare. I enjoy history, and this book is excellent in telling a part of early 20th century crime in Cleveland and its mob history. I can't wait for the next book.
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The book "The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia" is a story of how the Cleveland mafia came to be. There are two main families that played a part in forming the Cleveland mafia, the tow families are the Lonardo's and the Porrello's. The story is about the sugar wars which the Lonardo's and Porrello's were greatly involved in. The recommended are is 16 and up because there are parts that get real gruesome.

This book is very good reading especially if your Italian or Sicilian living aroung Cleveland, because chances are you'll know some of the people, their kids, or grandkids, mentioned in the book. The story starts out by showing you how the mafia got started, and giving you're an idea of what the Mafia is all about. It all started in the 1920's during the prohibition. The two families were both wholesaling a product called corn sugar, which is a major ingredient in alcohol. This is basically what the story revolves around. Porrello packs each page with action telling about ever murder that was a result of the sugar wars. Thought the story you meet each and every member of each family and everyone involved in the Cleveland Mafia at the time. There are so many people it is almost hard to keep them all straight. Porrello really worked hard on this book, you can tell by all the information that is jammed into it. Despite bloodshed you really get a feel for how smart each one of these men where to have come up with such great ideas. If you're into the Mafia and action packed books, this is the book for you.
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Format: Hardcover
After hearing all my life about the place I grew up in,it was great to be able to separate the facts from fiction. I knew the Porrello's and spent a lot of time as a teen ager talking with Rick's granfather while standing on our infamous corner. to finally see photos of the exact spots that some of the story takes place and knowing every inch of the sidewalks and doorways was exciting. His book definitly answers questions I've had since I was a kid. It was a great neighborhood to grow up in. It was almost like one huge family. I will miss it forever. Thanks for bringing it alive again, Rick.
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well written, though the jump from the early days of prohibition to the end of Angelo Lonardo's stint in LCN was a bit sudden and i would have liked to see more of what happened in the 60's and 70's in Cleveland.
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This is a very good book about the history of the Cleveland mafia. As a genealogist it is important for me to have the facts and this books shows me that a family story is very true. Having this book also give me the chance to learn more about that era in Ohio.
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