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From the Publisher"Wherever Puzo's bestsellers and Scorsese's films are popular, this well-organized description of the extent of the Cosa Nostra control of six New York City industries and the government actions that broke down that control will appeal."
"The influence of the Cosa Nostra in the history of New York this century has been as great as Tammany Hall and Wall Street. This excellent and wide-ranging book finally lifts the lid on the Cosa Nostra's penetration of the city's economy. It is a powerful and effective work, filled with warnings about past errors and lessons for future success. All sorts of people should read it, from police officers and politicians to urban historians and criminologists—and New Yorkers who want to know why less cargo is stolen from JFK airport these days, and why the fish from Fulton Fish Market is cheaper!"
-Mark Galeotti,Director of the Organised Russian & Eurasian Crime Research Unit at Keele University
"Jacobs's structured approach offers a careful dissection of the Mafia way of doing business that is as effective as a Gambino-orchestrated labor strike."
"Terse, dramatic . . .of equal interest to academics and lay enthusiasts, this serious yet highly readable book addresses Mafia reality more succinctly and clearly than any similar work in recent memory."
"Peels back layers of mystery surrounding the courageous and successful efforts to undermine the American Cosa Nostra—valuable lessons for those fighting organized crime at home and abroad."
-Roy Godson,Professor of Government, Georgetown University