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

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

Paperback

By (author) Selwyn Raab

$19.80
List price $22.00
You save $2.20 (9%)

Free delivery worldwide
Available
Dispatched in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?

  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Paperback | 785 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 239mm x 69mm | 726g
  • Publication date: 5 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0312361815
  • ISBN 13: 9780312361815
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 22,134

Product description

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."

Other people who viewed this bought:

Showing items 1 to 10 of 10

Other books in this category

Showing items 1 to 11 of 11
Categories:

Author information

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.

Review quote

""Five Families" is the finest Mafia history we're likely to see for a good long time." ---Bryan Burrough, "The New York Times Book Review""" "Raab . . . exudes the authority of a writer who has lived and breathed his subject." ---"The ""Boston"" Globe""" "Raab sets a new gold standard for organized crime nonfiction with his outstanding history." ---"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "Riveting history." ---"People""" ..".enlightening chronicle of the rise of the five Mafia families..." --"Entertainment Weekly" "Raab's meticulouly researched history is an engrossing initiation." --"The ""Baltimore"" Sun""" "A classic piece of reporting by a man who knows the bloody, brutal, corrupt territory." --Mike Wallace, "60 Minutes""" "[Raab's] sprawling history offers sufficient anecdotes to fuel a half-dozen "Godfather" sequals and keep "The Sopranos" well stocked with mayhem for another decade." --Kirkus Reviews "So well written and encompassing." --"Detroit"" Free Press""" "In this definitive account of the royal families of mobdom, Selwyn Raab not only tells us where the bodies are buried, he brings them back to life." --Thomas Reppetto, author of "American Mafia""" "After an eight-decade run in which its executives built the most powerful criminal organization in U.S. history, the American Mafia began to unravel at the end of the 20th century. It did so in a convulsion of blood and treachery, fueled by out-of-control egos. Selwyn Raab was there, in the streets, the precinct houses, and the courtrooms to record that story. No one does it better. " --Tom Robbins, reporter, "Village Voice""" "In my more than fifty years as a reporter, there is no journalist whom I've respected more than Selwyn Raab at "The New York Times" in covering New York's criminal justice system. He was tireless and painstaking in investigating the investigators, sometimes helping to prove innocence, but equally fair and conscientious in cases that ended in conviction. His riveting book "Five Families" will be I'm sure the definitive history of the Mafia in New York for a long time to come. It is a model of what journalism can be." --Nat Hentoff, columnist, "Village Voice""" "A well-researched, well-written historical account of the murderous, double-dealing and often-sophisticated gangsters who shot their way into American folklore and created a criminal empire that has fleeced Americans and confounded law enforcement for more than 100 years. Raab's work surpasses all the rest." --Mafia expert Jerry Capeci; webmaster, GangLandNews.com; author, "The Complete Idiot's Guide To The Mafia" "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""" "" "" ""

Flap copy

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."