Since the late 19th century, the Mafia has been a presence in North America using intimidation and worse to exert its control over organized crime in the major cities and beyond - anything from loansharking to bootlegging during Prohibition to extortion, kidnapping and racketeering. For the Mob (as they are also known), crime was big business. Feuds between Mafia families and their associates led to Lucky Luciano, the preeminent Mob boss, creating the Commission, which to this day rules over Mob activity and disputes. Throughout the 20th century, the ruthlessness of the Mafia has been in evidence: the list of Mob victims seems endless. Mafia Hits recalls the most important executions - the rival bosses, the stool pigeons and snitches, the good cops and the dirty cops, the vicious feuds and the hit-men who lived by the gun and died by it. All are here in this fascinating tale of the American underworld.
|A book that looks at the hits and death of the men with ties or in the case of New York Lt. Detective Joseph Petrosino who fought tooth and nail with the “Black Hand” as they were called at the turn of the century after many arrests and wanting to send men back to Sicily that was criminals there. That is where he was gunned down while looking through records. Leaving behind a wife and little daughter his story which like many in this book is short is one that is fascinating. While other stories in here are ones that I have heard and read about it is his story and the one wherein New Orleans 11 Italian Americans were lynched in one day. Both of these stories needed to be seen by other people and not just the other killings. I am glad they were added and I hope people will look into these two stories to see the history behind them. Overall a good book. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com|