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The Origin of Organized Crime in America: The New York City Mafia, 1891-1931

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While the later history of the New York Mafia has received extensive attention, what has been conspicuously absent until now is an accurate and conversant review of the formative years of Mafia organizational growth. David Critchley examines the Mafia recruitment process, relations with Mafias in Sicily, the role of non-Sicilians in New York's organized crime Families, kin ...more
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published November 19th 2008 by Routledge (first published September 17th 2008)
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Tyler
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read this review before reading the book so you know what to expect.

First and foremost, this is NOT a purely narrative book. It is to an extent, but it is also an academic book. What I mean is that sometimes Critchley is more focused on correcting other writers on the topic than he does with telling the facts or stories. It is a little bit annoying, but you have to realize that this is the goal of the book. Like I said, not purely narrative, but absolutely is a mix of narrative and a
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Thomas
May 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-crime
This is a groundbreaking Mafia history reference work. Though not without a few errors (both of commission and omission), this book corrects many of the factual errors that have crept into Mafia histories through the past century and presents the most accurate picture yet of the early New York Mafia.

The author examines every detail with a highly critical eye, assembling his history from vital records, police and prison records and court transcripts. He also puts fellow Mafia historians under th
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Walt
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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An overwhelming amount of data and analysis make this one of the most thoroughly researched books on this topic. I have read it three times and learn new things with each reading. It is dense, it is heavily referenced, and it is easy to read. The writing style allows for a little choppy-ness with the transitions between ideas and topics; but the overall work is remarkably well organized.
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