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

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/4/2016
  • Publisher: A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin

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For half a century, the American Mafia outwitted, outmaneuvered, and outgunned the FBI and other police agencies, wreaking unparalleled damage on 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 others. 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. Fully revised and updated, this paperback features a new preface.

Author Biography

SELWYN RAAB has been a reporter for the Metro Section of the New York Times since 1974. More than a newsman, he is also something of a crusader, having played an important role in exposing fabricated testimony surrounding the conviction of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. Raab is also the author of Justice in the Back Room, which was the basis for the legendary Kojak television series and the very successful Mob Lawyer, which shed new light on who killed Jimmy Hoffa and JFK. He lives in New York.

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