Valachi Papers

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The First Inside Account of the Mafia

In the 1960s a disgruntled soldier in New York's Genovese Crime Family decided to spill his guts. His name was Joseph Valachi. Daring to break the Mob's code of silence for the first time, Valachi detailed the organization of organized crimefrom the capos, or bosses, of every Family, to the hit men who "clipped" rivals and turncoats. With a phenomenal memory for names, dates, addresses, phone numbers — and where the bodies were buried — Joe ...

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Overview

The First Inside Account of the Mafia

In the 1960s a disgruntled soldier in New York's Genovese Crime Family decided to spill his guts. His name was Joseph Valachi. Daring to break the Mob's code of silence for the first time, Valachi detailed the organization of organized crimefrom the capos, or bosses, of every Family, to the hit men who "clipped" rivals and turncoats. With a phenomenal memory for names, dates, addresses, phone numbers — and where the bodies were buried — Joe Valachi provided the chilling facts that led to the arrest and conviction of America's major crime figures.

The rest is history.

Never again would the Mob be protected by secrecy. For the Mafia, Valachi's name would become synonymous with betrayal. But his stunning exposé. broke the back of America's Cosa Nostra and stands I today as the classic about America's Mob, a fascinat ing tale of power and terror, big money, crime ... and murder.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060507428
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/18/2003
  • Series: Harper Perennial
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 208,291
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Maas's is the author of the number one New York Times bestseller Underboss. His other notable bestsellers include The Valachi Papers, Serpico, Manhunt, and In a Child's Name. He lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    Great read for true crime fans

    Years ago I saw the movie The Valachi Papers, with Charles Bronson, and recently decided to read the book to see if the book had any resemblance to that of the movie. I was not disappointed. Many of the names and terminology explained in the book, unknown in the mid 1960s, are common today. The Valachi Papers is read for those who like crime books or want to learn more about the beginnings of the Mafia in the US in the 20th Century.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2006

    Kept My Interest

    I liked this book a lot! It kept my interest! I recommend it to anyone who likes to read about organized crime. I wish it would have gone into a little more detail then it did but I really liked it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2005

    A must read for 'The Godfather' fans

    Maas and Valachi go into intricate detail on inside accounts of the Mafia that werent in all the movies. Its Goodfellas and Godfather wrapped together in terrifying realism. A must read for Mob intruige.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2004

    A great read!!

    This is a great book for all true fans of organized crime books. This is basically a history of the mafia from the pre-commision days all the way to the early sixties. It reads almost as if Joe Valachi was talking to you himself. He breaks down the who, what, where, when and why. Without his testimony we would probably all still be in the dark about the mafia.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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