Gotham Unbound: How New York City Was Liberated From the Grip of Organized Crime

Gotham Unbound: How New York City Was Liberated From the Grip of Organized Crime

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by James B. Jacobs, Coleen Friel, Robert Raddick
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814742475

ISBN-13: 9780814742471

Pub. Date: 04/01/2001

Publisher: New York University Press

Cosa Nostra. Organized crime. The Mob. Call it what you like, no other crime group has infiltrated labor unions and manipulated legitimate industries like Italian organized crime families. One cannot understand the history and political economy of New York City-or most other major American cities-in the 20th century without focusing on the role of organized crime

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Cosa Nostra. Organized crime. The Mob. Call it what you like, no other crime group has infiltrated labor unions and manipulated legitimate industries like Italian organized crime families. One cannot understand the history and political economy of New York City-or most other major American cities-in the 20th century without focusing on the role of organized crime in the urban power structure.

Gotham Unbound demonstrates the remarkable range of Cosa Nostra's activities and influence and convincingly argues that 20th century organized crime has been no minor annoyance at the periphery of society but a major force in the core economy, acting as a power broker, even as an alternative government in many sectors of the urban economy.

James B. Jacobs presents the first comprehensive account of the ways in which the Cosa Nostra infiltrated key sectors of New York City's legitimate economic life and how this came over the years to be accepted as inevitable, in some cases even beneficial. The first half of Gotham Unbound is devoted to the ways organized crime became entrenched in six economic sectors and institutions of the city-the garment district, Fulton Fish Market, freight at JFK airport, construction, the Jacob Javits Convention Center, and the waste-hauling industry. The second half compellingly documents the campaign to purge the mob from unions, industries, and economic sectors, focusing on the unrelenting law enforcement efforts and the central role of Rudolph Giuliani's mayoral administration in devising innovative regulatory strategies to combat the mob.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814742471
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2001
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
836,009
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
IAn Introduction to the Place and the Players1
1The "Mobbing-Up" of New York City11
2A Cosa Nostra Outfit: Seven Decades of Mob Rule in the Garment District15
3Fishy Business: The Mafia and the Fulton Fish Market33
4The Taking of John F. Kennedy Airport48
5Exhibiting Corruption: The Javits Convention Center65
6Carting Away a Fortune: Cosa Nostra and the Waste-Hauling Industry80
7Building a Cosa Nostra Fiefdom: The Construction Industry96
8Conclusion to Part I116
IIThe Liberation of New York City129
9Liberating the Garment District135
10Freeing the Fulton Fish Market146
11Purging the Mob from John F. Kennedy Airport164
12Ridding the Javits Convention Center of Organized Crime176
13Defeating Cosa Nostra in the Waste-Hauling Industry190
14Cleansing the Construction Industry206
15Conclusion to Part II223
Notes235
Glossary of Names289
List of Indictments and Judicial Decisions307
Select Bibliography311
Index315
About the Authors329

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Gotham Unbound: How New York City Was Liberated From the Grip of Organized Crime 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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For anyone that is interested in finding out how the rackets were really run and organized, this is an exceptional book. It gets a bit wordy at times and is sometimes hard to follow all of the different unions brought up, but is very in depth. Great read if you are looking for a different perspective on the mob, instead of the standard mob turncoat or fbi agent tell alls.