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Motor City Mafia: A Century of Organized Crime in Detroit (Images of America: Michigan)

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Motor City Mafia: A Century of Organized Crime in Detroit chronicles the storied and hallowed gangland history of the notorious Detroit underworld. Scott M. Burnstein takes the reader inside the belly of the beast, tracking the bloodshed, exploits, and leadership of the southeast Michigan crime syndicate as never before seen in print. Through a stunning array of rare archi ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 16th 2006 by Arcadia Publishing (SC)
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John Wood
Sep 21, 2013 John Wood rated it it was amazing
Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series is a great way to get a quick sense of an aspect of history through photographs and limited text and captions. I was fortunate to hear Scott Burnstein speak about the history of the underworld in Detroit at my local library. He is very knowledgeable and passionate about this subject. This book combines the many black and white pictures with his knowledge to deliver an interesting overview.
Debbie
Mar 10, 2013 Debbie rated it really liked it
Primarily a picture book, this quick read gives an overview of organized crime in Detroit. Not much in the way of detail, but the pictures give a bit of insight into the times they're from. I didn't learn anything new about the Purple Gang, my primary interest, but someone new to the subject would get a good primer on the topic.

This would be great for people who only want or need the view from ten thousand feet.
Walt
Feb 05, 2009 Walt rated it really liked it
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Although largely a picture book, there is some analysis and discussion. It is very difficult to verify Burnstein's accuracy, especially when he refers to so many underworld characters.
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Aug 14, 2012 Maria rated it did not like it
Would have been interesting if the author had better descriptions of the book's images. Needed more background and needed to be tied together.
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