Mobfiles: Mobsters, Molls, and Murder

Mobfiles: Mobsters, Molls, and Murder

by George Anastasia
     
 

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For more than 25 years as a reporter with the Philadelphia Inquirer George Anastasia has made tracking the demise of the American Mafia his regular beat, writing investigative pieces, profiles and slices of underworld life. Mobfiles is a compilation of some of his best work-stories told from street level and often based on insights and access provided by investigators…  See more details below

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For more than 25 years as a reporter with the Philadelphia Inquirer George Anastasia has made tracking the demise of the American Mafia his regular beat, writing investigative pieces, profiles and slices of underworld life. Mobfiles is a compilation of some of his best work-stories told from street level and often based on insights and access provided by investigators, prosecutors and the mobsters themselves. They are tales of murder and mayhem, love and betrayal, and the loss of honor and loyalty. All of these factors have contributed to the disintegration of La Cosa Nostra. Indeed, the steady deterioration of the mob's own internal value system and sophisticated law enforcement have combined to take down the once secret and powerful underworld society.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

A great idea-gather some of the finest columns written by Philadelphia Inquirer veteran journalist Anastasia and publish a book-falters in its execution. For those who live in Philadelphia, Anastasia is a favorite, writing like no other on the exploits and foibles of Philadelphia mobsters. All those tales are here-the hit man with the wrong-sized shells in his rifle, the mobster who used his own car for a job, and the one who burned himself while torching a getaway car. Here, those same tales are repeated several times, and the out-of-context arrangement makes this a book to dip into, not one to read cover to cover. Anastasia's adept writing and insights are unparalleled, and many will find this an enjoyable opportunity to read or reread some of his columns. However, it would have been much more satisfying with longer introductions to the four sections and brief updates to some of the tales, as most date to the 1990s. While a fun addition to true crime collections, this is not recommended for legal/academic libraries.
—Karen Sandlin Silverman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933822143
Publisher:
Camino Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,113,809
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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