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Lansky
3.42
None
not set
Jan 11, 2010
 
Under the Streets of Nice
3.13
really liked it
None
not set
Mar 15, 2013
 
Unholy Toledo: The True Story of Detroit's Purple-Licavoli Gangs' Take-over of an Ohio City
3.14
liked it
None
not set
Jul 27, 2008
 
Report from Palermo
3.20
did not like it
None
not set
Mar 20, 2010
 
Mafia!
4.00
liked it
None
not set
Mar 20, 2010
 
The Most Evil Mobsters In History
3.37
it was ok
None
not set
Feb 10, 2010
 
The Underboss: The Rise and Fall of a Mafia Family
3.73
liked it
None
not set
Feb 22, 2010
 
The Triads: The Growing Global Threat from the Chinese Criminal Societies
3.18
liked it
None
not set
Jan 27, 2010
 
Octopus: The Long Reach of the Sicilian Mafia
3.85
really liked it
An excellent overview of the Sicilian Mafia
not set
Jan 11, 2010
 
Blood Brothers: How Canada's Most Powerful Mafia Family Runs Its Business
3.60
liked it
A slightly better biography on the Cotronis than James Dubro's biography
not set
Jul 26, 2008
 
Thieves' World: The Threat of the New Global Network of Organized Crime
3.78
really liked it
One of the earliest works I found that discusses Russian organized crime.
not set
Jan 11, 2010
 
Mafia Business: The Mafia Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
3.56
liked it
This is an academic and slow read. There is very little sensationalism in this book.
not set
Jul 24, 2008
 
The Bootleggers:  The Story of Chicago's Prohibition Era
3.42
really liked it
This is a quick and thorough look at the Chicago gang wars of the 1920s. An excellent resource!
not set
Jul 26, 2008
 
The Encyclopedia of Canadian Organized Crime: From Captain Kidd to Mom Boucher
4.40
really liked it
This is an excellent quick reference on many of the famous Canadian gangsters and criminals.
not set
Jul 26, 2008
 
Mafia!
3.00
it was ok
Nothing fancy. Gage built his reputation by being cautious in a field/genre without much competition.
not set
Jan 19, 2010
 
The Purple Gang: Organized Crime in Detroit 1910-1945
3.36
really liked it
This is a brief, but excellent snapshot at the notorious Prohibition Era Detroit gang. It is also richly illustrated.
not set
Jul 27, 2008
 
Mob Rule: Inside The Canadian Mafia
3.67
liked it
This is a quick and easy read about the Cotroni Family. There is little or no discussion about other equally powerful groups.
not set
Jul 26, 2008
 
KING OF THE MOB. Rocco Perri and the Women Who Ran His Rackets
3.67
it was ok
This was one of the dullest books about the mob I have ever read. It is not like the author's other books. Maybe Perri was just that boring.
not set
Jul 26, 2008
 
Killer: Autobiography of a Mafia Hit Man
3.54
liked it
This was a good book that described many gangland killings. However, few of the victims are identified making the book difficult to verify.
not set
Jul 26, 2008
 
Midnight in Sicily
3.82
liked it
Although Robb does discuss the Mafia, the book is more focused on Sicily as a political entity and the people as a unique ethnic group.
not set
Jul 24, 2008
 
The Grim Reapers: The Anatomy of Organized Crime in America
3.10
really liked it
This is Ed Reid's masterpiece on the mob in America. It is one of the best books available about the LCN when it was at the height of its power.
Jan 1998
Feb 24, 2008
 
The Black Book and the Mob: The Untold Story of the Control of Nevada's Casinos
2.70
it was ok
The book details who is who on the various blackbooks. However, I found most of it to be a statistical analysis rather than a discussion of politics, ...more
not set
Jul 24, 2008
 
Black Mass
3.78
really liked it
There are many books out there covering the corrupt alliance between the Irish Mob and the Boston FBI. However, this one is probably the best research ...more
Jan 2007
Feb 09, 2008
 
The Business of Crime: Italians and Syndicate Crime in the United States
3.07
really liked it
This remains one of the few scholarly books on organized crime in America. Nelli does a splendid job discussing Italian syndicates in many cities inst ...more
not set
Jul 24, 2008
 
Accardo: The Genuine Godfather
3.89
really liked it
The only book written about one of the most successful godfathers in history. Roemer was a hard-as-nails FBI agent who hated his opponents; but develo ...more
not set
Feb 09, 2008
 
The French Quarter: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld
3.80
it was ok
Considering Asbury's interest in the underworld, he seems to have found little of it in New Orleans. The book is more of a travel guide to the city ca ...more
not set
Jan 27, 2010
 
The Mobs And The Mafia: The Illustrated History Of Organized Crime
3.59
liked it
Mostly a picture book, there is a lot of discussion as well. It is a delightful introduction to organized crime from its beginnings to the 1960s. It i ...more
not set
Jul 24, 2008
 
My Life in the Mafia
3.63
it was ok
Although I thought it was a fascinating look at the New England Family in the same style as Goodfellas and Donnie Brasco, many people have found incon ...more
not set
Feb 17, 2010
 
The Nephew: The Making Of A Mafia Hitman
3.25
liked it
One of the first books written about the Canadian Mafia. The focus is the life of Real Simard, a hitman for the Cotroni Mob. However, unlike many othe ...more
not set
Jul 27, 2008
 
Gamblers & Gangsters: Fort Worth's Jacksboro Highway in the 1940s & 1950s
3.89
liked it
This is one of the few books discussing the rackets in Texas. It is a quick read and successfully introduces some wild characters; there is no larger ...more
not set
Jul 24, 2008
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