The Mafia Encyclopedia / Edition 3by Carl Sifakis, Carl Sifakis
Pub. Date: 06/28/2005
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
A bestseller in its first edition, The Mafia Encyclopedia is a complete reference guide to the history of the most powerful and wellknown criminal organization in the world. Written by a veteran crime reporter, this "Who's Who" of crime gives readers the full flavor and substance of Mafia culture, customs, and
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A bestseller in its first edition, The Mafia Encyclopedia is a complete reference guide to the history of the most powerful and wellknown criminal organization in the world. Written by a veteran crime reporter, this "Who's Who" of crime gives readers the full flavor and substance of Mafia culture, customs, and characters presented in more than 400 entries. More than 95 blackandwhite photographs (12 new to this edition) help capture Mafia history from the birth of the brotherhood and the major underworld figures who created it, to the law enforcement agents and organizations who have triedand failedto destroy it.
The Mafia Encyclopedia includes biographical entries of both well and lesserknown wiseguys, their criminal specialties, career highlights, friends and enemies, eccentricities, and frequently dramatic demises.
The book traces the great Mafia dynasties up to and including the current heirs apparent. The second edition includes 56 new entries as well as updates on:
John Gotti, Jr.
Sammy "The Bull" Gravano
Vinnie "The Chin" Gigante
Jimmy Coonan of Westies fame
and many more.
Among the Mafia topics covered are:
The major families, such as the Gambinos, Colombos, and Genoveses
Sam Giancana's Youngbloods
Spending habits of the Mafiosi
Women and the Mafia
Mafia prison life
The "Parsley" racket
Superstitions, such as "Dead Man's Eyes" and the "Green Chair Curse"
Funerals of gangsters
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If you love reading about the mafia or true crime, you'll love this book. It takes you through the entire underground world. It mentions infamous mobsters, such as Al Capone, to their famous associates, such as Frank Sinatra. This a good read and I highly recommend it. I found it highly informative.