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read The Mob and the City kindle Õ Kindle Edition Å reflectionslisburnltd é Forget what you think you know about the Mafia  After reading this book even life long mob aficionados will have a new perspective on organized crimeInformative authoritative and eye opening this is the first full lengCret 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 mobShattering 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 uestions such as      Why did the Sicilia Hortis demolishes what we thought we knew about the Mob and builds a new history upon a solid foundation of exclusive documentary evidence and superb insight The Mob and the City is essential reading for all who seek to truly understand the phenomenon of organized crime in America's most populous city

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Forget what you think you know about the Mafia  After reading this book even life long mob aficionados will have a new perspective on organized crimeInformative 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 se first rate history of the mafia in NYC a well written myth buster have not seen a clearer picture about how the five families came into existence the roles they played and the business model that sustained them and it could only have happened in NYC all the facts complete with what's missing in similar books namely pictures maps tables names

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The Mob and the City N 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 This is the best all around history of the mafia I've ever encountered it's compulsively readable and seems to delight in overturning myth after myth all the while answering those nagging uestions that never seemed to receive meaningful answers before like how did the mafia actually work as a business and how did the made men live on a day to day basis? How did it rise to power and why was it composed primarily of Italians and not some other ethnic group? How did the mafia work withrelate to Jewish Chinese and African American gangsters often it turns out they cooperated What really happened at that big mob conference in Apalachin and why did it matter? Why didn't Hoover and the FBI break up the mafia back in its heyday? This book is filled with unexpected revelations and it's written in an exciting clear cut style so I was literally up half the night unable to put it down According to Hortis a protege of James Jacobs the NYU Law professor who is the top expert on all things Cosa Nostra the mafia was run along the lines of a franchise business and counter to their mythology and lies made a good chunk of its profits from importing narcotics in bulk from Europe Hortis explores the mob's control for many decades over NYC's gay bars He delves into the lives of the mob defense lawyers who often got sucked into becoming mobsters themselves with interesting and often disastrous conseuences He talks about how the mob infiltrated unions during the 1930's after losing immense profits from the repeal of Prohibition He tackles the myth of the omerta and across the boards surprises you with his conclusions Yes there are also plenty of bloody gangland assassinations and mob wars between families and delicious anecdotes and details on the mobsters themselves in all their sociopathic glory This is juicy stuff The Mob and the City is history at its best fantastically thorough ground breaking research that revises everything we know about a fascinating subject coupled with a terrific knack for story telling Trust me even if you're not sure you're all that curious about the mafia you'll get sucked in by the first chapter You'll try to get away but it'll keep pulling you back