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Five Families : The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires

By (author) Selwyn Raab

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For half a century, the American Mafia outwitted, outmaneuvered, and outgunned the FBI and other police agencies, wreaking unparalleled damages to America’s social fabric and business enterprises while emerging as the nation’s most formidable crime empire.  The vanguard of this criminal juggernaut is still led by the Mafia’s most potent and largest borgatas: New York’s Five Families. Five Families is the vivid story of the rise and fall of New York’s premier dons from Lucky Luciano to Paul Castellano to John Gotti and more. This definitive history brings the reader right up to the possible resurgence of the Mafia as the FBI and local law-enforcement agencies turn their attention to homeland security and away from organized crime.  The paperback has been revised and updated, with a new epilogue focusing on the trial of the notorious “Mafia Cops.”

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  • Paperback | 785 pages
  • 162.56 x 238.76 x 68.58mm | 725.74g
  • 05 Sep 2006
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0312361815
  • 9780312361815
  • 19,655

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Selwyn Raab was an investigative reporter for "The New York Times, " covering organized crime and criminal justice matters for twenty-five years. He is also the author of "Justice in the Back Room" and "Mob Lawyer." He lives in New York.

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While the introduction to "Five Families" says the Bonnano, Genovese, Luchesse, Colombo, and Gambino families were among the reigning giants of the underworld, what it doesn't say is that the book about them is by one of the reigning giants of journalism, Selwyn Raab.--Don Hewitt, creator of 60 Minutes and author of Tell Me A Story

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For half a century, the American Mafia outwitted, outmaneuvered, and outgunned the FBI and other police agencies, wreaking unparalleled damages to America's social fabric and business enterprises while emerging as the nation's most formidable crime empire. The vanguard of this criminal juggernaut is still led by the Mafia's most potent and largest borgatas: New York's Five Families. "Five Families" is the vivid story of the rise and fall of New York's premier dons from Lucky Luciano to Paul Castellano to John Gotti and more. This definitive history brings the reader right up to the possible resurgence of the Mafia as the FBI and local law-enforcement agencies turn their attention to homeland security and away from organized crime. The paperback has been revised and updated, with a new epilogue focusing on the trial of the notorious "Mafia Cops."

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