Mafia: The Government's Secret File on Organized Crimeby United States Treasury Department
Some time in the early 1960s, during the golden age of organized crime in America—the era that would inspire The Godfather; Goodfellas, and even The Sopranos—federal investigators pulled every known piece of information on more than 800 Mafia members worldwide into a thick, phone-book-sized directory. From old-school gangsters/em>/em>/em>… See more details below
Some time in the early 1960s, during the golden age of organized crime in America—the era that would inspire The Godfather; Goodfellas, and even The Sopranos—federal investigators pulled every known piece of information on more than 800 Mafia members worldwide into a thick, phone-book-sized directory. From old-school gangsters like Lucky Luciano and Mickey Cohen to young turks like Paul Castellano and Vinny "The Chin" Gigante, the guide offered at-a-glance profiles of small-time thugs and major dons alike... and was allegedly the book Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy used to investigate the mob.
Recently discovered, and published for the first time in this facsimile edition, Mafia is a treasure trove of info on the underworld in mid-century America—a revelatory artifact and an irresistible read.
Even though Herbert Hoover's FBI usually gets the credit for chasing the Mafia, it was the Treasury Department's Narcotics Bureau that spent the 1960s quietly collecting information on known members of the Cosa Nostra. Only 50 copies of the resulting dossier were ever printed; the little-known government document provided Robert F. Kennedy with valuable ammunition in his war on the Mafia once he became attorney general. Now the dossier is being published, and it is a gold mine for organized crime buffs and crime writers. More than 800 criminals are profiled in a plain, "just the facts" manner, one to a page. In short, this is a facsimile of the original compilation. Each profile includes name, nicknames, haunts, criminal associates, criminal history, and "modus operandi." Most include a mug shot. Among the dry facts are fascinating tidbits on an array of characters: e.g., two cousins with identical names, identified as "One Eye" and "Two Eye" for obvious reasons; a mobster whose criminal files disappeared from the Chicago Police Department; and a family that retired from the Mafia to go into the cheese business. This excellent resource belongs in both public and academic libraries.
Deirdre Bray Root
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