Bringing Down the Mob: The War Against the American Mafia
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Bringing Down the Mob: The War Against the American Mafia

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  7 reviews
"American Mafia . . . was lucid, concise, and devoid of sensationalism . . . This equally well-written sequel [is] cogent [and] coherent."--The New York Times Book Review

In his critically acclaimed American Mafia, Thomas Reppetto revealed the details of organized crime's ascendancy in America. His fascinating sequel follows the mob after its peak during Prohibition and the...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 2006)
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Scott Waldyn
Dry, but informative.

To cut to the chase, this book covers a lot of ground from the 1950s - present. It covers a plethora of mob history, giving readers more of a brief overview on the cases and legal actions taken to knock down organized crime across the country. Unfortunately, it sacrifices depth into various mob figureheads or organizations in order to achieve this end, resulting in more of a sampler platter of mob history, just barely grazing some of the big names we've heard before. It's s...more
Reppetto follows up "American Mafia: A History of Its Rise to Power" with this survey of post-Apalachin Mob history. Once again, he does a good job summarizing a massive subject, moving from the Apalachin conclave revelations through the exposures of underworld influence in Las Vegas gambling and the Teamsters union to the breakups of international drug conspiracies and the Mafia Commission. Reppetto writes with authority and in a fast-paced style, made necessary by the vastness of his subject.

Great study on the efforts to fight organised crime in America.
I found it to be a little dry and slow, but then I guess an undercover op to bust the mob is a little slow. And judging from all the paperwork probably a little dry too.
Jun 23, 2011 Rita_book rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rita_book by: New York Times Book Review
Beginning with Appalachin (the beginning of the end, some say, for the mob), this book seeks to chronicle law enforcement's battles with organized crime.
Jazi Zilber
great stories depicting how multiple new strategies etc. has weakened the mafia grip, and imprisoned many of its heads
Mickey Boggs
Fascinating subject but pretty dry. Reads more like a textbook.
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