The Resource Gangbusters : the destruction of America's last mafia dynasty, Ernest Volkman

Gangbusters : the destruction of America's last mafia dynasty, Ernest Volkman

Label
Gangbusters : the destruction of America's last mafia dynasty
Title
Gangbusters
Title remainder
the destruction of America's last mafia dynasty
Statement of responsibility
Ernest Volkman
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
CRIME Volkman (Espionage, LJ 11/1/95) tells the story of the rise and decline of the American Mafia, specifically of the long-powerful Lucchese crime family of New York. He traces the Lucchese organization from its beginnings in New York's East Harlem just after World War I to its sorry state in the mid-1990s. The passage of Prohibition was a growth opportunity the Lucchese family saw and grabbed. They were further helped by the refusal of J. Edgar Hoover to recognize 'organized crime families' as a reality. The FBI instead spent the late 1940s and 1950s fighting 'Cold War' enemies as the Mafia grew powerful. In the early 1960s, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy forced Hoover to recognize and target the Mafia. Ammunition was provided by the Civil RICO act, which made organized crime a federal offense. Ultimately, the Lucchese family suffered an assault by the FBI, Organized Crime Task Forces, RICO, informants, and its own inability to produce new leaders. Well researched if not scholarly, this popular account has all the appeal of Mario Puzo's The Last Don. A colorful description of a colorful aspect of American crime; highly recommended for public libraries
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
364.1/06/09747
Index
no index present
LC call number
HV6452.N7
LC item number
V65 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Gangbusters : the destruction of America's last mafia dynasty, Ernest Volkman
Publication
Control code
38281371
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 317 p.
Isbn
9780571199426
Lccn
98011553
System control number
(Sirsi) a545012

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