The Mob and the City

The Hidden History of How the Mafia Captured New York

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The Mob and the City
Random House, Inc.
Forget what you think you know about the Mafia. After reading this book, even life-long mob aficionados will have a new perspective on organized crime.

Informative, authoritative, and eye-opening, this is the first full-length book devoted exclusively to uncovering the hidden history of how the Mafia came to dominate organized crime in New York City during the 1930s through 1950s. Based on exhaustive research of archives and secret files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, author and attorney C. Alexander Hortis draws on the deepest collection of primary sources, many newly discovered, of any history of the modern mob.

Shattering myths, Hortis reveals how Cosa Nostra actually obtained power at the inception. The author goes beyond conventional who-shot-who mob stories, providing answers to fresh questions such as:

* Why did the Sicilian gangs come out on top of the criminal underworld?
* Can economics explain how the Mafia families operated?
* What was the Mafia's real role in the drug trade?
* Why was Cosa Nostra involved in gay bars in New York since the 1930s?

Drawing on an unprecedented array of primary sources, The Mob and the City is the most thorough and authentic history of the Mafia's rise to power in the early-to-mid twentieth century.

Baker & Taylor
Describes how the Mafia came to dominate organized crime in New York City from the 1930s through the 1950s, looking at their involvement in drugs, bars, and labor unions.

Book News
Casting a skeptical eye toward the golden age of the Mafia, author C. Alexander Hortis cuts through the mythology surrounding the mob. Covering the time period from 1910 to the beginning of its decline in the late 1950s, Hortis shows the rise and fall of the Mafia in this meticulously researched book. Instead of a list of assassinations, gangland hits, and tales inter-family warfare, Hortis looks at the means the Sicilian Mafia families used to dominate the underworld of New York City in the first half of the 20th century. Using personal memoirs, trial transcripts, labor union records, surveillance reports, internal files from the FBI and other primary documents, Hortis chronicles how the foot soldiers rather than the bosses of the Sicilian Mafia took over the criminal rackets of New York’s five Boroughs from previous immigrant gangs. Hortis also uses these primary documents to dispel many of the myths that have arisen concerning the Mob. Hortis contends that notions such as, that the Mafia was comprised of honorable men who adhered to a strict code of silence and refused to traffic in dishonorable vices like narcotics, are all part of the mythology fabricated as plot devices by Hollywood and other fiction writers. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

& Taylor

This thorough and authentic history of how the Mafia came to dominate organized crime in New York City during the 1930s through 1950s draws on an extensive collection of primary sources.

Publisher: Amherst, NY :, Prometheus Books,, 2014
ISBN: 9781616149239
Branch Call Number: 364.106 H
Characteristics: 382 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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