The Black Hand The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History Book Û 298 pages

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The Black Hand The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History Book Û 298 pages ½ The gripping true story of the origins of the mafia in America—and the brilliant Italian born detective who gave his lifeCk 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 This book is fun history told engagingly with an excellent combination of biography mafia history and crime investigation As the book is not a biography of Joe Petrosino the author only shares what is needed to understand the man public opinions of Italian immigrants in late 19th century and early 20th and what shaped Petrosino into the individual force for justice that he became Petrosino holds a uniue position in the pantheon of heroic American lawmen being the first and principle Italian in a field dominated almost exclusively by Irishmen in his lifetimeIn fact one of the great values of this book is its frank presentation of American discriminations and disdain for Italian immigrants in every major American city in the late 19th and early 20th century They were denied jobs denied housing in most neighborhoods mocked and insulted with racial epithets because their skin color was somewhat swarthy targeted with immigration control laws and uotas and considered a growing blight on every community they attempted to make their home Political cartoons about Italian immigrants in Petrosino's day called for Italian immigrants to be put on boats or in cages and drowned in the sea Italians were often beaten and even shot by police for misdemeanors because there were no repercussions in that era Italians knew what it was like to be stopped on the street simply for looking different in non Italian neighborhoods or shopping areas and if they resisted they were often killed I was aware of the anti immigration sentiments of this period of our history but reading again the way people talked about Italian immigrants illustrated that we have not progressed as a nation much in our tolerance and ethnic blending in the last 100 years Substitute black or Hispanic or Irai or Syrian for Italian in the first few chapters of this book and you might see that we still target immigrants today for treatment with less than the human dignity ALL people deserved in Petrosino's day and in ours Remarkably Petrosino changed opinions in his profession and in American society nationwide through his audacious courage standing up to the most feared international organized crime organization as it spread into large American citiesNo police officer or detective or federal agent put himself in danger on a daily basis for years on end than Joe Petrosino who dedicated most of his career to infiltrating and destroying the Black Hand the southern Italian mafia that Hollywood likes to glorify and portray as criminals with honor if there is such a thing Anyone who believes this fantasy should read this book to understand that the mafia in Petrosino's day was uite simply a terrorist organization that used beatings threats blackmail extortion dismembering kidnapping torture stabbing bombings and assassination to cow Italian immigrant communities into submission The Black Hand knew major police departments had no desire to enforce the law and make arrests in Italian communities much like police today are accused of standing by and allowing heinous crimes in black or Hispanic neighborhoods Thus the mafia feared no one and terrorized their own immigrant countrymen Petrosino knew that giving in to the ransom demands or protection payments the Black Hand demanded would only serve to enhance public fear and embolden the criminals to engage in crimes with no fear of arrest or prosecution They murdered witnesses jurors judges prosecutors and not surprisingly those who saw crimes never reported them or refused to testify The Black Hand was and still is under different names a secret combination that eroded families communities and over time the nation That Petrosino investigated and arrested and stood toe to toe with ruthless killers for so long ranks as one of the most courageous law enforcement careers in American history His tenacity won over most of his critics and changed public opinion of Italians among all races and ethnicitiesThe cast of characters who go in and out of Petrosino's life are colorful and memorable His police colleagues city politicians criminals court officials family members Teddy Roosevelt and many made the storytelling lively and informative The author brings these historical figures to life I won't reveal anything here about how Petrosino finished his career or which major crime family bosses he brought to justiceIf learning about the arrival of the mafia in America interests you how it spread and early efforts to root it out before it could grow roots in this country this will be a useful and very entertaining read You will find it impossible not to admire Petrosino's courage and his desire to prove that Italians had value to America by investigating crimes no one in the New York PD wanted to tackle One wonders how things might be different today had Italian immigrants and later the general citizenry of NY City followed his advice on how to respond to threats and extortion and blackmail 5 stars for being a fun and engaging history of a relatively narrow time frame related with wit and skilled storytelling Also it is soon to be a movie with Leonardo DiCaprio so if you're like me and want to read the author's depictions before a filmmaker influences them you have a short window of time 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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 I dnf this book It really was not a poorly written book but for some reason it just did not hold my interest With so many books on my tbr shelf I decided to put it aside and move on

Ebook Ë The Black Hand The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History ë Stephan Talty

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 Only read half of this book Kept thinking it was going to get better and compelling but it never did Too bad because I liked the premise and wanted to learn about Petrosino but it was just too dull