Cover of: American Mafia | Thomas Reppetto

American Mafia

A History of Its Rise to Power (John MacRae Books)

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Published by Henry Holt and Co. .
Written in English.

About the Book

Thomas Reppetto's vivid narrative describes how crime families from a variety of ethnic backgrounds were shaped by conditions in big cities in the late nineteenth century. Spurred by Prohibition, which exploded opportunities for organized crime, men like Chicago's John Torrio and New York's Lucky Luciano built their organizations along corporate lines, parceling out territories and adopting rules for the arbitration of disputes. Good management and a tight organizational structure enabled Italian gangs to continue operations even when leaders were jailed or rubbed out. American Mafia is a fascinating look at America's most compelling criminal subculture from an author who is intimately acquainted with both sides of the street. - Back cover.

First Sentence

One drizzly night in October of 1890, New Orleans police chief David Hennessy was walking home late with his friend William O'Connor.

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Number of pages
336
Dimensions
9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
Weight
1.4 pounds

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7932870M
Internet Archive
americanmafiahis00repp
ISBN 10
0805072101
ISBN 13
9780805072105
Library Thing
427797
Goodreads
2503116
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