Valachi Papers

Valachi Papers

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by Peter Maas
     
 

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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 crime from the capos, or bosses, of every Family, to the hit men who

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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 crime from 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 today as the classic about America's Mob, a fascinating tale of power and terror, big money, crime ... and murder.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060507428
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/18/2003
Series:
Harper Perennial
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
166,872
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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Valachi Papers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.