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THE
EVERYTHING
®
MAFIA BOOK
2nd Edition

Dear Reader,
Let’s face it: America likes gangsters. It always has. The public fascination Dear Reader, with the criminal element has been part of pop culture for decades. And no matter how much is written or filmed about the mob, people are intrigued. There are literally thousands of Mafia stories to be told, and each passing year brings more and more to the theater, TV screen, and bookstore.

What I tried to do in this book was to highlight some of the more notorious figures and events in the history of the Mafia in the United States. Accuracy is something that can be elusive when dealing with the Mafia. They are, after all, supposed to be a secret organization. Bringing together the latest research in a readable fashion was my goal. I also wanted to look at some of the lesser-known figures. The Mafia was far more than John Gotti and Al Capone, though their importance merits chapters dedicated to each.

So sit back, turn on some Frank Sinatra, and enjoy.

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THE

EVERYTHING
®

MAFIA

BOOK

2nd Edition

True-life accounts of legendary figures,
infamous crime families, and nefarious deeds

Scott M. Deitche

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Published by Adams Media, a division of F+W Media, Inc.
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ISBN 10: 1-59869-779-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-59869-779-7
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To my family

Contents

Organization of a Mafia Family
Top Ten Gangsters You Will Get to Know After Reading This Book
Introduction

1
A Beginner's Guide

The Culture of Crime
One Man's Bandit
Mafia What's in a Word
The Old Country
You Need Some Protection
The Omerta Code

2
Mafia The Prequel

The Immigrant Experience
The Gangs of New York
Tong Wars
The Irish
Climbing the Ladder
The Mafia in Sicily

3
The First Family of the American Mafia

Coming to New Orleans
Blood on the Docks
Joseph Macheca-The First American Don
Crusading Cop
National Scandal
Aftermath to the Slaughter

4
The Roaring Twenties

Prohibition
The Jazz Age
Scarface Al
King of Chicagoland
Happy Valentine's Day
Capone's Successors

5
The Real Untouchables

Federal Case
The Taxman Cometh
America's Most Wanted
The Feds
Hoover and the Mafia
Denier of the Mafia
Local Cops

6
Meanwhile Back in the Big Apple

Old-School Dons
Boss of Bosses
The Castellammarese War
The Last in Line
The New Old-Fashioned Mob

7
Charlie "Lucky" Luciano

Luciano-The Early Years
Getting All the Boys Together
The Mob Board of Directors
Dewey Defeats Lucky
Uncle Sam Wants Lucky
The Later Years

8
Essentials of the Modern Mafia

The Commission
The Administration
Middle Management
Rising Through the Ranks
Associates-The Vital Link
What It Means to Be Made
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