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Mafia: The Government's Secret File on Organized Crime

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Some time in the early 1960s, during the golden age of organized crime in America--the era that would inspire "The Godfather"; "Goodfellas," and even "The Sopranos"--federal investigators pulled every known piece of information on more than 800 Mafia members worldwide into a thick, phone-book-sized directory. From old-school gangsters like Lucky Luciano and Mickey Cohen to ...more
Hardcover, 944 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Harper
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Just received my copy today.

The book, supposedly a facsimile of the underworld binder-references used by the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN), contains hundreds of single-page bios of mobsters. Most include mugshots. The information looks to be superficial, but birthdates, relatives, addresses, law enforcement file numbers and other details in the bios could lead determined researchers to additional information.

A couple of navigation problems: 1. The index has been placed at the front of the
Fascinating reference - it's just a list of the rap sheets held by the US Bureau of Narcotics, complete with pictures, lists of crimes, and known aliases!
As a fan of raw data, this is an excellent book. It is just a brief collection of one-page summaries of Mafia gangsters allegedly involved in narcotics. This is a great source for mugshots. This is by no means thorough. The similar New York City Mafia Files demonstrates just how many people were not listed in the FBN book. However, this book contains gems of information on many obscure hoodlums and traffickers. Organized by state, it can be a little difficult to locate certain people as many ent ...more
Over 8oo pages of profiles of people involved in organized crime in 1960. Compiled by the bureau of narcotics.

Photos, good index of nicknames and details of aliases and associates but limited use - only includes criminals still active in 1960.
Leonard Pierce
Hilarious, amazing, and deeply strange, this is nothing more than a huge compendium of FBI files compiled on mob figures in the early 1960s. The photos alone are worth the price.
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