Informative, authoritative, and eye-opening, this is the first full-length book devoted exclusively to uncovering the hidden history of how the Mafia came to dominate organized crime in New York City during the 1930s through 1950s. Read more...
Informative, authoritative, and eye-opening, this is the first full-length book devoted exclusively to uncovering the hidden history of how the Mafia came to dominate organized crime in New York City during the 1930s through 1950s. Based on exhaustive research of archives and secret files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, author and attorney C. Alexander Hortis draws on the deepest collection of primary sources, many newly discovered, of any history of the modern mob.
Shattering myths, Hortis reveals how Cosa Nostra actually obtained power at the inception. The author goes beyond conventional who-shot-who mob stories, providing answers to fresh questions such as:
* Why did the Sicilian gangs come out on top of the criminal underworld?
* Can economics explain how the Mafia families operated?
* What was the Mafia's real role in the drug trade?
* Why was Cosa Nostra involved in gay bars in New York since the 1930s?
Drawing on an unprecedented array of primary sources, The Mob and the City is the most thorough and authentic history of the Mafia's rise to power in the early-to-mid twentieth century."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-03-24
- Reviewer: Staff
Though this book is far from the first to claim that the mob did not deal drugs or that its members didn’t snitch on each other, attorney Hortis does offer a detailed look at the history of La Costra Nostra in New York City during the first half of the 20th century. However, the writing and organization of material is far inferior to Selwyn Raab’s Five Families, which took the story to the near-present. Intriguing anecdotes presented here include identification of perhaps the earliest mob turncoat, “Millionaire Charlie” Matranga, who testified against his New Orleans colleagues in the 1890s. Facts post-dating Apalachin (the infamous 1957 mob summit in upstate New York), where the narrative ends, can be confusing, especially since the book lacks even a short epilogue to catch readers up on major developments in the American Mafia, and its prosecution, in the last 50 years. Agent: Scott Mendel, Mendel Media Group. (May)