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Mobsters in Our Midst: The Kansas City Crime Family

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
This is the story of the rise and fall of Kansas City's longest-reigning mob boss, Nick Civella, and his powerful crime family, as told by the FBI agent who helped bring down Civella and his cronies. The book includes never-before-published detail of the
Paperback, 262 pages
Published March 10th 2011 by Kansas City Star Books (first published March 1st 2011)
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Jan 05, 2014 Suzanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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After reading The Mafia and the Machine by Frank Hayde, I was anxious to continue learning about the Kansas City mafia and found this title to be a good follow-up. Mobsters in Our Midst provides a more in-depth look at a particular era within the Kansas City mob, giving detailed information about the Civella crime family's reign from the middle to end of the 20th century. Like The Mafia and the Machine, this book's inclusion of photos and street addresses was a highlight for me, really bringing ...more
Feb 12, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
A great book outlining mob activity in Kansas City up to it's perceived demise in the early 80s. Being familiar with the area, I really enjoyed reading about various mob activities that occurred at familiar locations. Ouseley includes addresses when detailing high profile meetings and hits, which really makes the stories real. He also names quite a few familiar names connected with Missouri politics and law enforcement, some for their efforts in countering the mob and some for their efforts in ...more
Sean Asbury
Jan 28, 2012 Sean Asbury rated it really liked it
Like other reviews that I have read I agree that finally a book has been written that shows that KC isn't a slow, boring, cow town. Although many references in popular culture (Casino) have shown the impact of KC on organized crime, this incredibly well written book gets in to the home grown details.

This story could read like a great play....families, stresses, business, cover ups, cops, etc. The ebbs and flows are fun to follow.

The only complaint is that it could have had an org chart or family
Nov 29, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
Having lived in KC most of my life and during the time many of the events in the book take place, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mr. Ouseley's account of the families and occurrences. I do feel the book needed editing for clarity.
Roy Farchmin
Aug 10, 2016 Roy Farchmin rated it really liked it
For someone who grew up in Kansas City and actually met some of the principals in this story, the book was very interesting. The Cosa Nostra in Kansas City was very real. Probably not the best prose. But, factually, fascinating.
Mar 03, 2015 Vincent rated it liked it
Book covers the Outfit from late 1950s to early 1980s.
River Quay, Teamsters, North End, Politics, Village of Oakwood, Murders, Bombings, Vegas, Gambling, etc. The mob had their hand in it all, and I played little league football with some of their sons and nephews.
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Kathy Meinert
Great read for Kansas City people.
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Interesting look into the Kansas City Mafia from the late '50s through the 1980s.
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