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This book traces the Mafia's beginnings from an underground patriotic society which sprang up six hundred years ago in Sicily, through the group of Italian immigrants - the Black Hand - who savagely tore control of New York's waterfronts away from Irish racketeers, to the Mob which went on to run organised crime throughout Italy and America.Drawing on previously unavailablThis book traces the Mafia's beginnings from an underground patriotic society which sprang up six hundred years ago in Sicily, through the group of Italian immigrants - the Black Hand - who savagely tore control of New York's waterfronts away from Irish racketeers, to the Mob which went on to run organised crime throughout Italy and America.Drawing on previously unavailable information and nearly two decades of research, William Balsamo - great-nephew of the first godfather - and George Carpozi Jr. trace the Black Hand's coalescence into an organisation whose insidious influence reached across the Atlantic and into a presidential administration. And they go behind the headlines to reveal with chilling clarity the true extent of the Mafia's influence today....

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ISBN : 9780753500941
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 480 Pages
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The Mafia: The First 100 Years Reviews

  • Bodosika Bodosika
    2018-11-10 22:08

    The narrative was smoothyou will never get bored till the end...love it.

  • Paul
    2018-10-22 16:07

    This is a reasonably comprehensive overview of the history of the Mob in America. The authors have spent a lot of time piecing together facts and details of the thugs that have populated the criminal underworld of America since before World War 1.There is a mass of detail in here, and some of it makes for fairly unpalatable reading. If you were a member of the Mafia, then your chances of living to an old age were slim as you became the next victim of the infighting between gangs, given the number of murders that are reported in here. The author covers the different ages as the heads of the gangs rise in power, and there are chapters n the men who would become household names in America in their time, such as Al Capone.I get the feeling that a proportion of this is fictionalised, in particular the details of conversations from a number of years ago, but it does make it read better. Later details of cases and the vile characters that are here can be substantiated from wiretaps. An interesting read, really only 2.5 stars.

  • Elliard Shimaala
    2018-11-01 18:26

    Nothing intrigues me more than the growth of organized crime in America. There’s something about the Mafiosi I can’t seem to get enough of, I reckon it has to do with the aplomb exhibited by these guys during their apex. Before I lose myself, let me applaud William Balsamo and George Carpozi Junior for the extensive research they put in writing this book – even though some chapters did seem like something out of the Godfather movie. From Frankie Yale in New York, to Scarface Al Capone in Chicago and finally Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano, this book has it all: violence, murder, business, round table meetings, greed and betrayals. William and George manage to tell a captivating yet true story of the Mafia, unapologetically too, making the reader feel like Hollywood portrayals are mere child’s play. The stories of the men in this book are all similar, they come from poor neighborhoods with little or no formal education, start out small, fight their way up the ‘ladder’ and eventually get a piece of the American dream. Once they get to top, greed creeps in and they either end up killed or locked up – affirming the saying that says, “Crime doesn’t pay”. The mafia or Mafiosi was however a very sophisticated organization, even aiding the U.S government in the Second World War with vital intel. It also had little respect for human life and the bloodbaths experienced during their illustrious years must be unparalleled.The extensive research by the two authors is the best thing about this book. For a reader, there’s nothing more pleasurable than authors who know what they are talking about and these two guys know exactly what they are talking about. The lay out is great and one follows the sequence of events with ease. The language is ‘gangster’ so be ready for a lot of 'F' words. I’d recommend this book to anyone interested in organized crime as much as I am, it’s a very good starting and ending point in understanding the Mafiosi.

  • Wilde Sky
    2018-11-04 14:59

    This ‘history of the American Mafia’ contains some interesting sections, but overall was disappointing. The mixing of facts and a ‘novel style’ (unless the authors were actually present or had verbatim accounts of the discussions recounted) was messy. The constant jumping between different individuals, mixing up of names and use of ‘gangster slang’ was also annoying.A straightforward factual account of the criminal organisation would probably have been more interesting.

  • Lars K Jensen
    2018-10-20 21:58

    The first part of the book (about the Italian-Irish war, involving among others Frankie Yale) is awesome. Well written, great character descriptions. Everything.But the last part of the book is too shallow. Characters like Al Capone and Charles "Lucky" Luciano are not given nearly as much space as Frankie Yale, and other characters are almost only mentioned in one chapter.Still, a really great book, well worth reading.

  • Lars
    2018-10-28 16:12

    The first part of the book (about the Italian-Irish war, involving among others Frankie Yale) is awesome. Well written, great character descriptions. Everything.But the last part of the book is too shallow. Characters like Al Capone and Charles "Lucky" Luciano are not given nearly as much space as Frankie Yale, and other characters are almost only mentioned in one chapter.Still, a really great book, well worth reading.

  • Roy
    2018-10-21 16:16

    I enjoyed the book , seemingly a personal view on the Mafia especially the early New York years and Frankie Yale . Some details need to be taken it has pinch of salt especially when the author gets in the head of a character committing a crime when he obviously wasn't there .

  • Chukwu Ikechi
    2018-11-07 21:02

    Insightful narrative, however it wasn't smooth. There were several issues transitioning from one story to another.

  • Aminu Abubakar
    2018-11-15 21:06

    Interesting