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: Hortis, C. Alexander


: Historical,
Italian Mafia,
Mystery, Thriller & Crime


: HCA00001


: 9781616149239


: Prometheus Books

Total Pages

: 284

The Mob And The City


Myth-busting, 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 middle decades of the twentieth century. Based on exhaustive archival research and secret files obtained through the Freedom on Information Act, The Mob And The City draws on the most extensive collection of primary sources - many newly discovered - of any history of the modern mob.

Author C. Alexander Hortis reveals how the Mafia actually obtained power. He 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 explains how the Mafia families operated?
  • What was the Mafia's real role in the drug trade?
  • Why was the mob involved in gay bars in New York as early as the 1930s?

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.

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