Genovese, Gambino, Bonnano, Colombo, and Lucchese. For decades these Five Families ruled New York and built the American Mafia (or Cosa Nostra) into an underworld empire. Today, the Mafia is an endangered species, battered and beleaguered by aggressive investigators, incompetent leadership, betrayals, and generational changes that produced violent, unreliable leaders and recruits. A 20-year assault against the five families in particular blossomed into the most successful law enforcement campaign of the last century.
Selwyn Raab's 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. The book also brings the listener 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.
"This masterpiece stands an excellent chance of becoming a bestseller with crossover appeal beyond devoted watchers of
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Interesting and well-written history
This is the first book I've listened to (or read) on the subject. Fascinating, well-written, and well-narrated.
Well narrated, Interesting, informative,
Mob Boss: The Life of Little Al D'arco, the Man Who Brought Down the Mafia, Along similar lines but different story and a different perspective of the life.
"The Five Families: The money the lies and the killing’s from Bensonhurst to Broadway"
Superb book couldn’t recommend it highly enough.