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101 THINGS YOU DIDNT KNOW ABOUT THE MAFIA
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    Sure, the Mafia takes its vow of Omerta - the code of silence - seriously, but that doesn't mean this book can't spill the beans. From what it means to become a made man, to why an unfortunate fellow could find himself saddled with cement shoes, '101 Things You Didn't Know about the Mafia' dishes the dirt! From the modern Mafia's precursors to crime fighting in the twenty-first century and beyond, you'll find plenty of entertaining tidbits in this book, including:...

    AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE MAFIA  COSA NOSTRA
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    Item #: 9780393341966 -

      This is the story of the Cosa Nostra: From its origins in Sicily in 1863, through the great wave of Italian immigration to America, to prohibition and the formation of the first mafia families and to the harsh realities of fascism and the postwar years in Italy where the Cosa Nostra thrived. The image of the mafioso as a “man of honor” - good to the weak, above the laws of the state but subject to a precise code - was firmly rooted in the collective imagination until the 1980's...

      ANIMAL: THE BLOODY RISE AND FALL OF THE MOBS MOST FEARED ASSASSIN
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        Subtitled "The Bloody Rise and Fall of the Mob's Most Feared Assassin". "Joseph Barboza is the most dangerous individual known." FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, 1965 Joe Barboza knew that there were two requirements for getting inducted into the Mafia. You had to be Sicilian. And you had to commit a contract killing. The New Bedford-born mobster was a proud Portuguese, not Sicilian, but his dream to be part of La Cosa Nostra proved so strong that he thought he could...

        BEING OSCAR
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          Subtitled "From Mob Lawyer to Mayor of Las Vegas - Only in America". In Being Oscar, one of America’s most celebrated criminal defense attorneys recounts the stories and cases of his epic life. The Mafia’s go-to defender, he has tried an estimated 300 criminal cases, and won most of them. His roster of clients reads like a history of organized crime: Meyer Lansky, Nicky Scarfo and “Lefty” Rosenthal, as well as Mike Tyson and boxing promoter Don King,...

          BETRAYAL
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            Subtitled 'Whitey Bulger and the FBI Agent Who Fought to Bring Him Down'.  The Jack Nicholson film The Departed didn’t tell half of their story. A poor kid from the slums, Robert Fitzpatrick grew up to become a stellar FBI agent and challenge the country’s deadliest gangsters. Relentless in his desire to catch, prosecute and convict Whitey Bulger, Fitzpatrick fought the nation’s most determined cop-gangster battle since Melvin Purvis hunted, confronted and killed...

            BEYOND THE MAFIA
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              Focuses on Italian-Americans who made major contributions to the development of Las Vegas from its earliest days to the present. Investors, builders, developers, musicians, contractors, lounge performers, writers and editors are all here. Balboni interviewed more than 200 people to capture the facts, the flavor, the struggles and the achievements they proudly remember. Includes 20 pgs. of footnotes, references and a bibliography, making it a vital tool for researchers. 168 Pgs.1996 ...

              BLACK GANGSTERS OF CHICAGO
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                When it comes to gangsters of Chicago, we don't think of names like John "Mushmouth" Johnson, Jeff Fort or Larry Hoover. They were black gangsters, every bit as intriguing and influential as white gangsters. This is the story of many of those underworld characters from the late 19th century policy kings and extending to the present day street thugs, including the Vice Lords and Blackstone Rangers. 320 pgs, hardcover, 2007

                BLOOD AND VOLUME: INSIDE NEW YORKS ISRAELI MAFIA
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                  In the 1980s, a small group of Israeli nationals set up one of the most lucrative crime syndicates in New York City's history. With rackets ranging from drug dealing to contract killing, the gang's crime spree was so violent that it wasn't long before crime reporters for New York's tabloids dubbed the crew the Israeli Mafia. Headed by a cold-blooded killer named Johnny Attias, the Israeli mafia butted heads with the Italian mafia, killed Russian gangsters and pulled off the...

                  BORN TO KILL
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                    Throughout the late 1980s and 90s, a gang of young Asian refugees cut a bloody swath through New York's Chinatown. They were the lost children of the Vietnam War, severed from their families by violence and cast adrift in a strange land. Banding together under the leadership of a young psychopath, David Thai, they took their name from a slogan they had seen on helicopters and the helmets of U.S. soldiers: "Born to Kill." For a decade their empire was unassailable, built on fear and...

                    BOSS OF BOSSES
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                      In the 1980s, the broad legal mandate of the RICO act succeeded in crushing much of the backbone of the traditional American Mafia. Across the ocean however, in the ancestral Sicilian homeland of La Cosa Nostra, the Mafia was anything but finished. Possessed of a power thought to rival that of the Italian state itself, for the past decades, the Sicilian Mafia has waged a war on the forces of law and order that has not only left thousands dead, but has created a ripple effect of crime and...

                      BRINGING DOWN THE MOB
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                        Subtitled "The War Against The American Mafia". The riveting, often bloody account of how the fifty-year attack by the federal government virtually extinguished the nation's most powerful crime syndicate. In the critically acclaimed American Mafia, Thomas Reppetto narrated the ferocious ascendancy of organized crime in America. In this fascinating sequel, he follows the mob from its peak into a shadowy period of decline as the government, no longer able to deny its existence, made subduing the...

                        CIGAR CITY MAFIA: HISTORY OF TAMPA UNDERWORLD
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                          Bootleggers, gambling ringleaders, arsonists, narcotics dealers, and gang members - a variety of characters flourished in the era known as Prohibition, and Tampa, Florida was where they battled for supremacy of the criminal underworld. With meticulous detail, Deitche documents the rise of the infamous Trafficante family, ruthless competitors in a "violent, shifting place, where loyalties and power quickly changed". Ybor City, the region of Tampa know as Little Havana, was a...

                          CRIME FILES - CHILLING CASE STUDIES OF HUMAN DEPRAVITY
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                            Crime Files' gives you the inside track on the latest developments in murder with its retelling of some chilling crimes accompanied by full color illustrations. Features Anders Breivik (the Norwegian spree killer), Robert Pickton, Phillip Garrido, Serhiy Tkach, John Thomas, Jerry Brudos, Josef Fritzl, Katherine Knight, Ed Kemper and many others. Author John Marlowe specializes in detailed case-by-case examinations from the world of extreme human behaviour. Indexed128 Pages Paperbound 2012

                            CULLOTTA
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                              From burglary to armed robbery and murder, infamous bad guy Frank Cullotta not only did it all, he admits to it in graphic detail in this book. This no-holds-barred biography chronicles the life of a career criminal who started out as a thug on the streets of Chicago and became a trusted lieutenant in Tony Spilotro's gang of organized lawbreakers in Las Vegas. Cullotta's was a world of high profile heists, street muscle, and information about many of the FBI's most wanted, info...

                              DEAL WITH THE DEVIL
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                                Subtitled "The FBI's Secret Thirty Year Relationship with a Mafia Killer". In 'Deal with the Devil', Lance draws on three decades of once secret FBI files and exclusive new interviews to tell the definitive story of Gregory Scarpa Sr., aka "The Grim Reaper" a Mafia capo, who "stopped counting" after 50 murders, while secretly betraying the Colombo crime family as a Top Echelon Criminal Informant for the Bureau. Lance draws on thousands of pages of...

                                DECONSTRUCTING ORGANIZED CRIME
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                                  Subtitled "A Historical and Theoretical Study". What is organized crime? This question has generated many responses over the decades from scholars, governments, the media, pop culture and organized criminals themselves. Layered one on top of the other, these answers cumulatively created a "Mafia Mystique" that dominated discourse until after the end of the Cold War, when transnational organized crime emerged as a pronounced, if nebulous, threat to global security and...

                                  DRUMMER FOR THE MOB
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                                    When one of the wise guys who ran the Horizon Club handed musician Frankie Severino a package containing a great deal of money to deliver to the boss, Big Julie Passano, he knew his life just took a left turn. In a matter of minutes, Frankie graduated from local cover band leader in Pittsburgh to 'drummer for the mob.' He was the leader of the Nite Lites, four Italian-Americans who became the go-to group for organized crime. The bond he forged with them could not be broken and was...

                                    EXPELLED
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                                      Subtitled "A Journalist's Descent into the Russian Mafia State'. In 2007 Luke Harding arrived in Moscow to take up a new job as a correspondent for the British newspaper, The Guardian. Within months, mysterious agents from Russia's Federal Security Service --the successor to the KGB--had broken into his apartment. He found himself tailed by men in leather jackets, bugged, and even summoned to the KGB's notorious prison, Lefortovo. The break-in was the beginning of an...

                                      FRANK NITTI: TRUE STORY OF CHICAGOS NOTORIOUS "ENFORCER"
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                                        This reference and resource is packed with 80 pages of footnotes, chronology and notes including hundreds of resources. This bio shows more of Nitti than the TV series 'The Untouchables' ever did. Nitti began as a part-time barber and jewelry fence. Humble tells how Nitti rose to the top and gained power in great detail, along with what was happening in Chicago in the 1920s and beyond. A gold mine of information on the history of illegal gambling operations (900 of them were in Chicago by...

                                        FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY
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                                          The 2005 case of "mafia cops" Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa rocked New York and the brotherhood that protects it. Two crooked NYPD officers who, throughout their careers, worked as hitmen for the Lucchese crime family, the duo came to justice only after 20 years of effort by law enforcement officers determined to put together all the pieces. Dades, a detective on the case, and Vecchione, a prosecutor, tell the story of the professionals who broke the case in a thorough step-by-step...

                                          FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY (Hardcover)
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                                            The 2005 case of "mafia cops" Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa rocked New York and the brotherhood that protects it. Two crooked NYPD officers who, throughout their careers, worked as hitmen for the Lucchese crime family, the duo came to justice only after 20 years of effort by law enforcement officers determined to put together all the pieces. Dades, a detective on the case, and Vecchione, a prosecutor, tell the story of the professionals who broke the case in a thorough step-by-step...

                                            GANGSTER CITY: THE HISTORY OF THE NEW YORK UNDERWORLD 1900-1935
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                                              Gangster City is arguably the most comprehensive book written to date on New York City's underworld from 1900-1920. Chronicles virtually every widely known (and lesser known) Mafioso, bootlegger, racketeer and thug who terrorized the city in the early 20th century. The murders of 600-plus gangsters are profiled in detail. Beginning with the reign of Monk Eastman, this veritable encyclopedia of the New York underworld explores the origins of Mafia initiation rites and uncovers the most...

                                              GANGSTER WOMEN AND THE CRIMINALS THEY LOVED
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                                                Gangsters of the past never looked far enough into the future to do much planning. They stole sufficient money to get by for a short while and then robbed again. Sometimes they wanted to settle down, but most knew their crimes were going to lead to jail or death and their women knew it too. Life on the run was no picnic, but gangsters' molls chose it over a settled life in suburbia. This book is a history of gangsters' molls and mob queens, and it explains who these women were, where they came...

                                                GANGSTERS OF HARLEM
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                                                  Chepesiuk chronicles the little-known history of organized crime in Harlem. African-American organized crime has had as significant an impact on its constituent community as Italian, Jewish and Irish organized crime has had on theirs. In the late 1800s, Harlem was a highly fashionable neighborhood. A real-estate collapse shortly after the turn of the century emptied its neighborhoods of white residents, and by the 1930s, two-thirds of New York City's African-Americans were living in...

                                                  GANGSTERS, SWINDLERS, KILLERS AND THIEVES
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                                                    A virtual rogues' gallery of criminals. This book covers organized crime, including those who had a hand in legal and illegal gambling. Four to five pages on: Al Capone, Frankie Carbo, Mickey Cohen, Joe Colombo, Frank Costello, Carlo Gambino, Vito Genovese, Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano, Owney Madden, Arnold Rothstein, Dutch Schultz, Bugsy Siegel and Joe Valachi. Also includes villains of the Old West: Billy the Kid, Black Bart, Butch Cassidy, Bob Dalton, Bill Doolin, John Wesley Hardin, Tom...

                                                    GANGSTERS: OUTSIDE THE LAW (TRUE CRIMES)
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                                                      Book about the notorious gangsters and criminals around the world. The pages of this book is a guided tour of the underworld. Photographs 224 Pgs. Hardcover 2010

                                                      GASPIPE: CONFESSIONS OF A MAFIA BOSS
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                                                        Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso was the boss of New York’s Lucchese Mafia family. He worked himself to the top as a cold-blooded killer, responsible for more than 50 murders. He was also, for a while, the next-door neighbor of the author. Carlo’s sister babysat for Casso; his mother was best friends with Casso’s wife. That long and trusting relationship garnered Carlo, journalist and best-selling author (The Ice Man, 2006), unprecedented access to one of the most ruthless...

                                                        GUNS & GARLIC
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                                                          Subtitled "Myths and Realities of Organized Crime". Considered a classic, this book (now in its eighth printing) veers away from the once-accepted but erroneous theory that organized crime was the specific province of Italians, and looks further to the role of businessman, politicians and professional groups. Six sections include The History of Organized Crime, Social and Psychological Characteristics of Organized Crime, Organized Crime as an Economic and Political System and Policy...

                                                          HIT ME!
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                                                            Subtitled "Fighting the Las Vegas Mob by the Numbers". Las Vegas, 1970's - a golden age of Glitter Gulch corruption. Dennis Gomes, the youngest division chief in Gaming Control Board history whipped a ragtag group of auditors into hardened, gun-slinging investigators and shattered clichթs about milquetoast accountant cops. Coming within a hair's breadth of death more than once, Gomes capped off his tenure with the famous bust of the Stardust skim, portrayed in the book and movie "Casino". In...

                                                            HITMAN: THE UNTOLD STORY OF JOHNNY MARTORANO
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                                                              Martin Scorsese's The Departed barely touched on his story. Now radio talk-show sensation, crime reporter, and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr takes us into the heart of the life of Johnny Martorano. For two decades, Martorano struck fear into anyone even remotely connected to his world. His partnership with Whitey Bulger and the infamous Winter Hill Gang led to twenty murders.... for which Johnny would serve twelve years in prison. Carr also looks at the politicians and FBI agents who...

                                                              HONOR THY FATHER
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                                                                The electrifying true story of the rise and fall of New York's notorious Bonanno crime family. On New York's Park Avenue on a rainy Tuesday night in October 1964, the famous Mafia chieftain Joseph Bonanno was kidnapped by two mobsters and reported by the police as dead on the following morning. More than a year later, Bonanno mysteriously reappeared, setting off a bloody mob feud that came to be known as the “Banana War.” In this monumental work—packed with intimate details...

                                                                IL DOTTORE
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                                                                  Subtitled "The Double Life of a Mafia Doctor". The inspiration for Fox TV’s drama series, “Mob Doctor,” 'Il Dottore' is the riveting true story of a Jewish kid from the Bronx who became a Mafia insider and physician to top NY Mafia dons such as John Gotti, Carlo Gambino, Paul Castellano and Joe Bonanno. As a result, the doctor led a double life: Well respected surgeon and socialite by day, and “Il Dottore,” gambler and sex addict, by night....

                                                                  KING OF THE JEWS
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                                                                    Subtitled ' The Greatest Mob Story Never Told'. Flamboyant mobster Arnold Rothstein was gambling and money. He was the inspiration for Meyer Wolfsheim in The Great Gatsby and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. It was rumored he masterminded the 1919 World Series fix. He was Mr. Broadway, a king of corruption holding court from his private booth at Lindy's Restaurant. In this lively, sprawling biography, the inimitable Nick Tosches examines the myth and extraordinary legacy of Arnold...

                                                                    LAS VEGAS THE MOB YEARS
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                                                                      Subtitled "Stories of Bootleggers, Revenge and Murder". Imagine sitting front stage at the Desert Inn’s Copa Room enjoying such great celebrities perform as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Envision too, Elvis Presley, the soon-to-be king of rock ‘n’ roll, performing live at the New Frontier as a 21-year old teen idol. If you were lucky enough to be in Las Vegas from 1956 through the early 1970s, you had the opportunity to see these great performers...

                                                                      LAST GANGSTER
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                                                                        As a cop Ron Previte was corrupt. As a mobster he was brutal. And in his final role as a confidential informant to the FBI, Previte was deadly. This is his story, the story of the last days of the Philadelphia mob, and of the clash of generations that brought it down. A six-foot tall, 300-pound capo in the Philadelphia-South Jersey crime family, Previte ran every mob scam and gambit from drug trafficking and prostitution to the extortion of millions from Atlantic City. By the 1990s, he found...

                                                                        MAFIA DYNASTY
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                                                                          The chilling story of six generations of bloodshed, deals, deception, and uncontrolled greed and lust for power of men like Luciano, Costello, Lansky, Genovese, Anastasia, Gambino and Gottti, men for whom murder and betrayal were a way of life. This is the story of the Mafia's stranglehold on New York. Photographs Indexed 527 Pgs. 1994