Merchants of Menace - The Mafia: A Study of Organized Crime

Merchants of Menace - The Mafia: A Study of Organized Crime

by Edward J. Allen

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Originally published in 1962, The Merchants of Menace analyzes Mafia activity in the United States.

Described as an authoritative effort to explain organized crime, the book draws on author Edward J. Allen’s experiences during the late 1940s and early 1950s whilst serving as the Chief of the Police Department in Youngstown, Ohio—a city at the time corrupted by Mafia influence from nearby Detroit and Buffalo, N.Y.—and his crack-down on gambling, prostitution and gangster ties.

With over 30 illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781787201293
Publisher: Hauraki Publishing
Publication date: 10/21/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 294
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Edward Joseph Allen (November 13, 1907 - January 6, 1990) was a law officer, author and poet. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, he began his career as a patrolman and later worked with the FBI during World War II to assist Federal agents on investigations concerning sabotage, espionage, and subversion. After the war, he attended the FBI National Academy and in 1948 became Chief of Police of Youngstown, Ohio, during which time he teamed with a reform-minded mayor to drive the Mafia influence from that city. His efforts won him national recognition and Youngstown the ‘All-American City’ Award in 1950. He went on to become chief of Ohio’s Department of Liquor Control and in 1955 was selected from a nationwide field of candidates as chief of the Santa Ana Police Department, where he served with distinction until his retirement in August 1972. Allen died in 1990 at the age of 82.

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