SUMMARY Ë The Black Hand The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History

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SUMMARY Ë The Black Hand The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History í The gripping true story of the origins of the mafia in America—and the brilliant Italian born detective who gave his life to stop it SoonCk Hand’s activities spread far beyond New York’s borders Petrosino and the all Italian police suad he assembled raced to capture members of the secret criminal society before the country’s anti immigrant tremors exploded into catastrophe Petrosino’s uest to root out the source of the Black Hand’s power would take him all the way to Sicily but at a terrible cost  Unfolding a story rich with resonance in our own era The Black Hand is fast paced narrative history at its very be. Would recommend reading over the Audiobook


The gripping true story of the origins of the mafia in America and the brilliant Italian born detective who gave his life to stop it Soon to be a major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio Beginning in the summer of 1903 an insidious crime wave filled New York City and then the entire country with fear The children of Italian immigrants were kidnapped and dozens of innocent victims were gunned down Bombs tore apart tenement buildings Judges senators Rockefellers and society matrons. A non fiction read about an extraordinary man who became the first Italian American detective in the New York Police Department and his battle against The Black Hand Petrosino was the greatest Italian detective in the world declared the New York Times the Italian Sherlock Holmes according to popular legend back in the old country introduction xivJoseph Petrosino was a scrappy boy who grew into a determined man He dropped out of school after sixth grade and began to work as a shoe shiner on the streets Then he worked his way up to street cleaner where he was noticed by a member of the NYPD and recruited to be a member of the policeHe was an excellent recruit being one of only a handful who could speak multiple dialects of Italian This was particularly useful in the heavily Irish police force Petrosino also had a photographic memory and he would arrest suspects off the streets based on a remembered mug shot It's telling that the most famous Italian American in the country in the late 1800s was the one deputized by the powerful to track down and imprison his fellow countrymen It was Petrosino the hunter of men who fascinated the old American stock of Knickerbockers and WASPs and they embraced him like no other Italian American of his time pg 19There was an influx of Italian immigrants into the United States in the late 1800s and they were treated poorly As a result they didn't trust American authorities and didn't report crimes being committed against them The Black Hand a group of unorganized criminals extorted unknown numbers of Italian immigrants through threats of violence kidnapping and bombings That was where Petrosino came into the pictureHe was determined to stop them Petrosino obtained permission to create the Italian Suad a special task force designed to stop the Black Hand When murder and blackmail are in the air declared the Times and the menfolk are white faced and the womenfolk are saying litanies to the Blessed Mother all Little Italy looks to the Italian detective to protect it and guard it pgs 40 41I read The Black Hand to discuss with my book club and found it gripping I was enthralled by Petrosino and the dangers he faced However other members of the club thought the book became repetitive Another bombing one of them said It was as if they were inured to the horrors of the situation because so many bad things were happening again and again I thought that just added to the tension of the narrativeA few years ago we read Stephan Talty's Agent Garbo The Brilliant Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D Day for book club and I found it eually brilliant But again others found it slow and bogged down with too many details I guess it just depends on what sort of non fiction you enjoyHighly recommended for non fiction readers or anybody interested in New York City or US history

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The Black Hand The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American HistoryWere threatened with gruesome deaths The perpetrators seemed both omnipresent and invisible Their only calling card the symbol of a black hand The crimes whipped up the slavering tabloid press and heated ethnic tensions to the boiling point Standing between the American public and the Black Hand’s lawlessness was Joseph Petrosino Dubbed the “Italian Sherlock Holmes” he was a famously dogged and ingenious detective and a master of disguise As the crimes grew ever bizarre and the Bla. First let me say that this is a history book as well as a book about one man’s fight against “The Black Hand” Over the years reading about the history of the Mafia I knew that when it first arrived in the US it was called the Black Hand I had also read just small little references about Joseph Petrosino who was a detective in the NY Police He was the first Italian at a time when the police and fire were owned by the Irish This was a time when the migration from southern Italy and Sicily were at a peak Poverty levels in those two areas were great and many Italians were looking for a new start Also looking for a new start were criminals leaving both of those regions and Joseph Petrosino knew this He was a beat cop working the Italian neighborhood He could speak the language and the peddlers and people got to know him Going to his superiors and explaining his concerns fell on deaf ears until bombings started to take place This is when they made him a detective and after some kidnappings he was given some men who were now called the Italian suad Of course most New Yorkers were not concerned with a few Italians being a bomb or their children being kidnapped for most wanted them to go back to Italy This all changed though when The Black Hand moved to a richer side of Manhattan Now people wanted action and expected it right away They looked to Petrosino His ways would not work today but for back then they were perfect He also had to get people to believe that they were going to be safe in order to testify against anyone he brought to trial In one year he had 17 murder convictions which were huge in early 1900’s He would tell the NYPD and the federal government that if they did not work together and start to arrest and deport these criminals the Black Hand will only get stronger They did they became the Mafia This same meeting with the secret service he told them of a plot to kill President William McKinley in Buffalo Even after Roosevelt who was Vice President vouched for his abilities this was ignored He was later assassinated in Buffalo By 1909 Petrosino was married and had a little girl He traveled to Sicily to go over records and compile evidence to deport anyone arrested who was a criminal in Italy The problem was Police Commissioner Bingham gave an interview to a newspaper while he was abroad Now knowing that he was in their homeland and on the lookout once spotted he was assassinated in the street of Palermo This became headlines in New York The funeral was huge over 200000 people and the city declared the day a holiday His widow died in 1957 He is created with starting the first bomb suad and a lot of his crime fighting techniues are still used today The author does a good job in showing you the plight of the immigrant Italians of this time and their struggles whether it’s about the 11 lynched in New Orleans in 1891 or how a mine explosion in 1910 16 miners was killed 9 Italian and by 1910 one in five that came to the US were either killed or maimed while on the job and then had to deal with their own doing this to them If the government would have followed through with the detective's plans about deportation they could have stopped or deterred the Mafia His ideas were not used until after 911 and of course he gets no credit There is so much to this book besides a criminal aspect I focused on the other history part being Italian and my great grand came over around that time For me this was a very good book and worth the read I gave this book 5 stars Follow us at www1rad readerreviewscom