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Gangbusters:: The Destruction Of America's Last Great Mafia Dynasty
The American Mafia is legendary for its ability to survive and flourish in the face of all attempts to stamp it out. But when New York's Lucchese Family, the most successful and powerful group of organized criminals in American history, loses a long battle with its law enforcement adversaries, it signals the end of a notorious era.Gangbusters is the story of how a colorful ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Avon
(first published 1998)
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After coauthoring an Edgar-nominated bio of John Gotti (Goombata, 1990) and an account of the $8-million 1978 Lufthansa robbery that provided grist for the film Goodfellas (The Heist, 1986), among other books, Volkman has now written an exciting, intelligent and detailed study of the most successful law-enforcement assault on organized crime in U.S. history. Of the five rival Mafia clans vying for control of New YorkAthe Lucchese, Bonnano, Colombo, Genovese and Gambino familiesAthe Luccheses wer ...more
This is a in-depth insight of the creation all the way thru dismantling of the American Mafia, how they came to be, from the Mother-land & American enterprise, to the "rats" & beaurocracy that took AMerican La Cosa Nostra apart, brick by brick. There is terrific insights as to the historical facts as well as the unknown wiseguy moves(i.e. # of "whacks/bodies") that helped bring us the real life Donnie Brasco & Goodfellas, Casino & Hoffa situations...hey anybody know who really ki ...more
Volkman has received a lot of criticism for this book. Some internet sites offer the annual Volkman Award for sloppy journalism in the organized crime genre. Personally, I think this is undeserved. This book was entertaining. It does contain some factual errors; but this is a cursory examination of the Lucchese Family - the only such book on the market. It would have been better if he checked his facts; but a great deal of the book is accurate and entertaining for lay audiences.