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Bringing Down the Mob: The War Against the American Mafia

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  67 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
"American Mafia . . . was lucid, concise, and devoid of sensationalism . . . This equally well-written sequel [is] cogent [and] coherent."—The New York Times Book Review

In his critically acclaimed American Mafia, Thomas Reppetto revealed the details of organized crime's ascendancy in America. His fascinating sequel follows the mob after its peak during Prohibition and the
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 2006)
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Scott Waldyn
Nov 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Dry, but informative.

To cut to the chase, this book covers a lot of ground from the 1950s - present. It covers a plethora of mob history, giving readers more of a brief overview on the cases and legal actions taken to knock down organized crime across the country. Unfortunately, it sacrifices depth into various mob figureheads or organizations in order to achieve this end, resulting in more of a sampler platter of mob history, just barely grazing some of the big names we've heard before. It's s
Nov 15, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
Reppetto follows up "American Mafia: A History of Its Rise to Power" with this survey of post-Apalachin Mob history. Once again, he does a good job summarizing a massive subject, moving from the Apalachin conclave revelations through the exposures of underworld influence in Las Vegas gambling and the Teamsters union to the breakups of international drug conspiracies and the Mafia Commission. Reppetto writes with authority and in a fast-paced style, made necessary by the vastness of his subject.

This book had great information, no doubt about that, but it was dry and sometimes difficult to follow, as Repetto would introduce several names and then immediately nicknames for the same people or places in a separate clause without linking them, and then move right along. I guess I would have to say that this is not the place to start unless you are already somewhat acquainted with historical Mafia characters and wish to see the complete broad picture of their downfall.
Mickey Boggs
Fascinating subject but pretty dry. Reads more like a textbook.
Jul 09, 2009 rated it liked it
I found it to be a little dry and slow, but then I guess an undercover op to bust the mob is a little slow. And judging from all the paperwork probably a little dry too.
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's a bit dry but gives a nice look into the history of how the mob worked and how they got caught.
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rita_book by: New York Times Book Review
Beginning with Appalachin (the beginning of the end, some say, for the mob), this book seeks to chronicle law enforcement's battles with organized crime.
Jazi Zilber
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
great stories depicting how multiple new strategies etc. has weakened the mafia grip, and imprisoned many of its heads
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