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Gangsters and Organized Crime in Buffalo: History, Hits and Headquarters

3.22  ·  Rating Details ·  32 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Stories abound about legendary New York City gangsters like "Lucky" Luciano, but Buffalo has housed its fair share of thugs and mobsters too. While many were nothing more than common criminals or bank robbers, a powerful crime family headed by local boss Stefano Magaddino emerged in the 1920s. Close to Canada, Niagara Falls and Buffalo were perfect avenues through which to ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 31st 2012 by The History Press
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Apr 01, 2013 Sara rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. Especially since I'm from Buffalo. But the writing was like one long bulleted list of facts. There was no story or narrative. Made for very tedious reading.
Aug 01, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Though I really like reading about the underworld history of my adopted city, this book had some frustrating aspects. At times, it felt like the author was presenting a laundry list of crimes and criminals in lieu of more detailed information. The odd tendency to give birthdates of the made men had me wondering if they were applying for passports rather than appearing in a history book. I'd have liked something that focused on specifics of the crimes and organization to a greater degree, if such ...more
Philip Knoerzer
Mar 10, 2015 Philip Knoerzer rated it liked it
Based on headlines and their accompanying stories, it seems. I could discern no pattern; the text jumped back and forth in time; lots of photos of local mob figures and what their homes and businesses look like now. I think this book was written and published as a handbook to be taken along on one of the many "tours" around the area. There was a time when "the Arm" was very powerful--close to 80 years ago--and the on-going efforts to keep Western NY relevant seem to be a driving factor here. ...more
Mike Latona
Mar 08, 2015 Mike Latona rated it it was ok
This was more of a list of crimes and misdemeanors than a narrative. The writing was a bit choppy, more like a Wikipedia entry than a published novel and it seems the writer was only repeating what he read in newspaper archives. It was interesting to see some familiar last names, making me wonder if there is any relation to people I know.
Lynda Wood
Jun 02, 2014 Lynda Wood rated it really liked it
It's amazing how many names I recognized and wondered if they were uncles or grandfathers of my friends growing up.
May 27, 2015 David rated it liked it
There was a lot of good information in this book but it was very poorly presented. More or less just a list of events that happened. A very dry read.
Writing style was seriously lacking any type of cohesiveness, but I still enjoyed it because I am from Buffalo and this is the only book of its kind on this subject matter.
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Interesting Buffalo history
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