The Most Evil Mobsters in History

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During the 1920s and 1930s, U.S. cities such as New York and Chicago were at the mercy of bands of mobsters - violent criminals affiliated to organized-crime rings who made illegal fortunes from gambling, prostitution, contract killings, abortions, labor union kickbacks, protection rackets, bribery, corruption and, during the Prohibition era, bootlegging. While the Italian Mafia was the largest and most powerful, other ethnic groups had similar organizations, most notably the Jews and the Irish. Mobsters belonged...

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Overview

During the 1920s and 1930s, U.S. cities such as New York and Chicago were at the mercy of bands of mobsters - violent criminals affiliated to organized-crime rings who made illegal fortunes from gambling, prostitution, contract killings, abortions, labor union kickbacks, protection rackets, bribery, corruption and, during the Prohibition era, bootlegging. While the Italian Mafia was the largest and most powerful, other ethnic groups had similar organizations, most notably the Jews and the Irish. Mobsters belonged to a hierarchical structure organized like a corporation, hence the name 'syndicate.' The Chicago Syndicate was the country's largest and most powerful organized-crime operation, although no one city was ever run by just one group and the different gangs often clashed violently in vicious territorial 'turf wars.' While their business interests and tactics have changed over the years, many of the organizations established in the gangsters' heyday prior to the Second World War still live on today under other names.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780760759585
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/20/2004
  • Pages: 191
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2008

    Huge Mobster fan

    I really enjoyed this book. This book sent me on adventure of studying more mobsters. The reality of it all is that they are killers point blank. They acquire their fortunes through means that any person with morals would not. However, there is some truth in that there are good gangsters. Look at Lucky, I think, the most brilliant of all. He was great to all those that were unfortunate however, we have to remember he ordered people to be killed & was a killer. I think the book was exceptionally well. The author just 'told it like it is'. I would read more from this author, & I would recommend this book...as a matter of fact I do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2005

    Not Recommended

    The only problem I had with this book was that who ever wrote this book either didn't like mobsters or was a critic? Either one I didn't really enjoy this book. It did have some good information on the gangsters, but the author always talked about their bad side. For instance the author wrote about how he killed a lot of other people and that he was involved with drugs. The author never included that in his later life when he wasn't a big time gangster he used to walk around in his neighborhood and give a stick of gum to everyone he knew. Also when his was a big time gangster he used to have cafaterias for the hungry in his neighborhood. I would recommend biographies on each one of these gangster than this book.

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    Posted October 24, 2008

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