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From the Publisher
"There can be no question that the volume at hand offers a rich and well-documented source of information about twentieth-century American organized crime, and more specifically the New York City mob bosses who dominated the world of such crime through much of the twentieth century."
"While writing about the many discrepancies and contradictions in the life histories of 10 infamous New York mob bosses of the 20th century, the author notes which facts rest on popular tales or theories, and often gives several versions of the same event. The biographies describe the early years of each man, chart his rise to prominence within the mob, provide reactions from those who knew him, and chronicle the last years of his life. Each biography is illustrated with a picture of its subject and concludes with a listing of print and electronic resources. Two of those profiled, Joe Adonis and Albert Anastasia, have not had any biographies published about them until now. A 35-page timeline from 1882 to 1976 allows readers to track the birth, death, and important events in the life of each mobster. May has written many articles on organized crime."
Reference & Research Book News
"Allan May is the most fastidious organized crime researcher today…If you are looking for a factual, chronological collective biography of the East Coast mob bosses of the early 20th Century, this is it…This book is a resource that knows no equal for researchers and writers…the 'casual' reader of organized crime books will also enjoy it"