American Mafia: A History of Its Rise to Power, Thomas Reppetto
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American Mafia: A History of Its Rise to Power

Author: Thomas Reppetto

Narrator: Paul Costanzo

Unabridged: 11 hr 15 min

Format: Digital Audiobook (DRM Protected)

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Published: 07/11/2017

Genre: True Crime - Organized Crime

Synopsis

Organized crime—the Italian American kind—has long been a source of popular entertainment and legend. Now Thomas Reppetto provides a balanced history of the Mafia's rise—from the 1880s to the post-World War II era—that is as exciting as it is authoritative. Structuring his narrative around a series of case histories featuring such infamous characters as Lucky Luciano and Al Capone, Reppetto draws on a lifetime of field experience and access to unseen documents to show us a locally grown Mafia. It wasn't until the 1920s, thanks to Prohibition, that the Mafia assumed what we now consider its defining characteristics, especially its octopus-like tendency to infiltrate industry and government. At mid-century the Kefauver Commission declared the Mafia synonymous with Union Siciliana; in the 1960s the FBI finally admitted the Mafia's existence under the name La Cosa Nostra. American Mafia is a fascinating look at America's most compelling criminal subculture from an author who is intimately acquainted with both sides of the street.

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