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The definitive work on the most powerful mob boss anytime, anywhere, by the most decorated agent in the history of the FBI, who played "a vital role in the bureau's involvement in organized crime investigations" William H. Webster, former FBI Director.
Posted June 25, 2000
I've only completed about half of this book and I can say that it is definitely a good read. It tells a tale not only of the Big Tuna, Tony Accardo, but of Chicago social/ political history and how early corrution of officials like Dennis Cooney and Hinky Dink Kenna allowed the early Colosimo/Torrio/ Capone gangs to operate, paving the way for Accardo. This book also pokes holes in the myth that New York is the be all, end all of organized crime, proving Chicago was well ahead in both crime syndicates and political corruption. The only thing that takes away from the book is that it is very general in describing the rise of the Outfit in the early days. It does not give specific details of the rival gangs of the 1920s and how the Capone gang either absorbed or destroyed all others, ie the Gennas and O'Banion/Moran crew as well as the merger of the Camorra and Mafia in Chicago to become the Outfit. Overall, a good read. Good stuff!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.