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The First Family by Mike Dash
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Sep 22, 11

Read in September, 2011

I have an avid interest in reading books about Mafia and organised crime, especially the historical ones. I must say that this book exposed me to an era of "Mafia in America" that I never thought existed.
Thoroughly entertaining book, which explains the origins of Italian-based originised crime in America before the must read-about 1920's.

Very little is written or made about Mafia in America before the 1920's, with the likes of Al Capone, Luciano, Meyer Lansky and Frank Costello the more publicized of these.

The book has shown me that Orgainsed crime was pretty much started in America Mafia in around 1890's. From the first "family" the Morello family. Some would even think that is perhaps where Mario Puzo got his inspiration for the Godfather books, with quite a few parallels in this book to the earlier life of Vito Corleone.

Nevertheless, an entertaining book.
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