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The Mob and the City: The Hidden History of How the Mafia Captured New York

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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 crime.

Informative, 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 secret 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 mob.

Shattering 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 questions such as:     

* Why did the Sicilian 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.

C. Alexander Hortis, JD, is an attorney specializing in commercial litigation and constitutional law. He has published articles on the Mafia in The Informer: The History of American Crime & Law Enforcement and in New York Law School Law Review.

ISBN: 9781616149239

ISBN-10: 9781616149239

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Publication Date: 05/06/2014 - 12:00am

On Sale: 05/06/2014 - 12:00am

Pages: 382

Language: English

Categories

True Crime / Organized Crime

History / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)

History / United States / 20th Century