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Gangster City: The History of the New York Underworld 1900-1935
3.88
really liked it
The author does not really discuss his sources leaving the reader to assume he spent countless hours in the microfilm room at his local library. Howev ...more
not set
Jan 19, 2010
 
Mafia: The Government's Secret File on Organized Crime
3.81
really liked it
As a fan of raw data, this is an excellent book. It is just a brief collection of one-page summaries of Mafia gangsters allegedly involved in narcotic ...more
not set
Apr 24, 2013
 
Quitting the Mob: How the "Yuppie Don" Left the Mafia and Lived to Tell His Story
3.67
liked it
This is one of the few books on the Colombo Family. Franzese owed his role in the gang to his father who remains a top player in the mob. The writing ...more
not set
Mar 20, 2010
 
Mafia Cop
3.44
it was ok
Eppolito does not send much time discussing the mob in this book. He portrays himself as a tough cop constantly battling his family's ties to organize ...more
not set
Mar 20, 2010
 
The Gangs of New York
3.60
really liked it
As one of the few books on gangs prior to Prohibition, this is an excellent book. However, Asbury was using a lot of sensational journalism as his sou ...more
not set
Jan 27, 2010
 
Cowboy Mafia
3.20
did not like it
This is a poor book.
It loosely discusses the downfall of a large marijuana smuggling ring. However, there is virtually nothing about the smuggling op
...more
Dec 2008
Jan 08, 2009
 
A Man of Honor: The Autobiography of Joseph Bonanno
3.84
really liked it
A fascinating, if highly biased and controversial history of the New York mob by a former mob boss. Even considering the obvious omissions, it is a go ...more
not set
Jan 27, 2010
 
Deadly Silence: Canadian Mafia
4.33
liked it
This informative book describes a series of murders with clear ties to Canadian Mafia groups. The authors intend to show how the Italian underworld ch ...more
Dec 2010
Jan 13, 2011
 
Black Mass
3.77
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
 
Vicious Circles: The Mafia in the Marketplace
3.77
really liked it
This is an excellent book if somewhat complicated. The author goes into considerable detail with regards to labor racketeering in many different field ...more
not set
Jan 27, 2010
 
Joey the Hitman: The Autobiography of a Mafia Killer
3.79
really liked it
I rarely see praise for this book; but I enjoyed it. While I wonder about the author's identity, it is an excellent glimpse into the many rackets of o ...more
not set
Jul 26, 2008
 
History of St. Louis Gangsters
2.89
liked it
Although terribly written and organized, it was for several years, the only book on the subject. Full of vague references, anecdotes, and some questio ...more
not set
Jul 04, 2011
 
New York Police Files on the Mafia
4.50
it was amazing
As someone who loves primary sources, this book is a treasure trove of raw data and gives me bias in ranking it. Hundreds of pages of mugshots and cri ...more
Apr 05, 2013
Mar 29, 2013
 
Chin: The Life and Crimes of Mafia Boss Vincent Gigante
3.97
liked it
Gigante was a fascinating character. Although McShane rarely mentions it, Gigante was probably the last of the great dons. Since his conviction, there ...more
Jan 06, 2017
Dec 31, 2016
 
The President Street Boys: Growing Up Mafia
3.45
liked it
This is truly a difficult book to evaluate. DiMatteo writes with all of the emotion and profanity of an uneducated street thug. The book appeared to s ...more
Jan 2017
Dec 31, 2016
 
Intemperance, the Lost War Against Liquor
3.75
really liked it
This is a really well-written book that focuses on Prohibition through the microcosm of Michigan's experiences. Engelmann rarely, if ever, tries to ge ...more
Jun 2017
Jun 16, 2017
 
Godfather of Night: A Greek Mafia Father, a Drug Runner Son, and an Unexpected Shot at Redemption
3.00
did not like it
This is a very disappointing book for any number of reasons. Perhaps the biggest problem with the book is so little on the Greek Mafia, especially whe ...more
Dec 19, 2013
Dec 20, 2013
 
Gangbusters:: The Destruction Of America's Last Great Mafia Dynasty
3.51
liked it
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 ...more
not set
Jan 11, 2010
 
The Encyclopedia of Gangsters: A Worldwide Guide to Organized Crime
4.00
really liked it
There are many encyclopedias on gangsters and organized crime. The format is similar with A-Z entries and different supplemental material such as prim ...more
Feb 2013
Feb 05, 2013
 
Global Organized Crime: A Reference Handbook
2.67
liked it
This is not your father’s book on Al Capone. A recent trend in scholarship on organized crime has been to conflate organized crime and terrorism. This ...more
Jul 2010
Aug 24, 2010
 
Wicked Northern Illinois: The Dark Side of the Prairie State
3.50
it was ok
leaning towards the more sensational than reporting, the book is a quick read with minor errors. Taylor is something like a yellow journalist and as s ...more
Dec 2012
Dec 10, 2012
 
Johnny's Girl: A Daughter's Memoir of Growing Up In Alaska's Underworld
3.76
liked it
This is a very well-written book. The style is professional and easy to follow. It is full of emotional appeal and information. The cover entices read ...more
Nov 15, 2012
Nov 15, 2012
 
International Crime and Justice
3.20
liked it
Natarajan has put together an impressive collection of scholars and topics. Divided into nine parts and sixty-six chapters, readers can quickly locate ...more
Apr 2011
May 04, 2011
 
The New York Mob: The Bosses
2.00
it was ok
There are many books on the New York Mob covering the many bosses since the 1920s. Arranged alphabetically, like an encyclopedia, the author had some ...more
Jun 2013
Jul 09, 2013
 
The Krays
3.70
really liked it
This tiny book is one of the best among James Morton's writings on gangs and organized crime in the United Kingdom. Morton's readers are probably fami ...more
Sep 2013
Sep 08, 2013
 
The Mafia Curse
3.00
liked it
It rare to give high marks to a privately- published book; but this was an enjoyable read. I would have rated it higher if the author had included any ...more
Nov 20, 2013
Nov 21, 2013
 
Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster
3.76
really liked it
Having read many other biographies of Al Capone, this is something of a refreshing deviation from the norm. It is true that Eig makes some arguments a ...more
Sep 2013
Sep 08, 2013
 
Encyclopedia of Transnational Crime & Justice
3.00
it was ok
This was a difficult book to get through. Rarely have I seen encyclopedias (with one or many contributors) to be as awkward as this one. The quality i ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 21, 2012
 
I Speak for the Dead
3.00
liked it
Maloney was a reporter for the Kansas City Star who won a major story when he convinced Fred Bonadonna to tell him the inside story of the Kansas City ...more
Feb 2016
Mar 04, 2016
 
The Stolen Years
3.50
it was ok
So often, when a criminal writes his autobiography, the message is that he was treated unfairly. Even Touhy repeats the age-old adage that every convi ...more
Jun 2016
Jun 19, 2016