Mafia: Legendary Figures, Infamous Families, Chilling Crimes

Mafia: Legendary Figures, Infamous Families, Chilling Crimes

by James Mannion




The world of organized crime was once so secretive—and dangerous—that no one dared to say the word “Mafia” publicly. Today, omerta, the once inviolable code of silence that shielded the nefarious doings of the American Mafia, has been breached time and again, both by law enforcement officers trying to get in, and informants trying desperately to find a way out.

In Mafia, James Mannion spills the beans and fingers many of the Mafia’s major players with riveting true-life accounts of their characters and crimes. After reading about larger-than-life figures from Al Capone to John Gotti and Meyer Lansky, you’ll not only discover the thin line that separates the truth from the myths that have grown around the Cosa Nostra kingpins, but also gain a better understanding of America’s most notorious crime families.

This book features colorful information on:

  • The Sicilian Mafia
  • The Mustache Petes
  • The “real” Untouchables
  • The mob and politicians
  • The five New York “Families”
  • Infamous rats and stoolies
Packed full of up-to-date information on the modern Mafia, as well as the many other mafias that have sprung up in recent years, Mafia takes you on a tour of the criminal underworld that you will never forget.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435114500
Publisher: Fall River Press
Publication date: 03/26/2009
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

James Mannion is a former publishing professional and the author of Great Thinkers and Essentials of Philosophy.

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