The Outfit

The Outfit

by Gus Russo
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The Outfit by Gus Russo

This is the never-before-told story of the great Chicago crime family called The Outfit, the secretive organized crime cartel that began its reign in prohibition-era Chicago before becoming the real puppet master of Hollywood, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C. Moving with purpose and panache, The Outfit blended effortlessly with upperworld corporate leaders, Hollywood moguls, and national political icons. It was only after a fifty-year run that their world started to crumble in the 1970s. With extensive research including recently released FBI files, first-ever access to the voluminous working papers of the Kefauver Committee, original interviews with Outfit associates and members of the Fourth Estate, and first-time access to the journals of Outfit chieftain Murray Humphreys' long-in-hiding widow, Russo uncovers sixty years of corruption and influence, and examines the disconcerting shadow history of the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596918979
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/02/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 2,238
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Gus Russo is the author of Live By the Sword: The Secret War Against Castro and the Death of JFK. He is an investigative reporter who has worked for various major television networks, including PBS' Frontline series.
Gus Russo is the author of Supermob, The Outfit, and Live by the Sword. He has worked an investigative reporter for PBS's Frontline, ABC News Special Reports, and Dan Rather's CBS Reports, and as a consultant for programs such as 60 Minutes, 60 Minutes II, and Eye to Eye with Connie Chung. He lives in Baltimore.

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The Outfit 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know that it glorifies or apologizes for the exploits of the Chicago mob, but this book is written like an editorial worthy of the Chicago Tribune. As a resident of the Windy City (and with Outfit indictments just freshly handed out), the book gains a lot of credibility (if it lacked it in the first place). It's an entertaining read and I see parallels between yesterday's outfit and present politics and violence on the streets today. Worth a read no matter what your stance on crime is. Definitely pick this one up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Russo did a heck of a job. This book brings you up from the earliest Chicago Underworld to Capone's Syndicate and the bulk of the book is devoted to the Outfit comprised of primarily Ricca, Humphreys and Accardo. Definitely worth reading, it kept me riveted and rest assuredly that I'm passing this book on to the rest of my family to read. Another point of interest was that this book doesn't just glorify 'the life', it explains it and puts the underworld in perspective with the accompanying upperworld (white-collar criminals, all of 'em). A book that will give you pause and make you want to read it all over again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gus Russo takes painstaking measures to ensure that this book includes everything down to the tiniest details of the Chicago Mob. Unbeknowsnt to many, Russo informs the reader of the hidden power of Chicago and how it extended to both sides of the country. Russo also uncovers a lot of new information that had previously not even been released to the public making this book extremely up to date. Lastly, the book is written in a smooth style that keeps you turning page after page. Run, don't walk, to buy this book.
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