9780814742464

Gotham Unbound: How New York City Was Liberated Form the Clutches of Cosa Nostra

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ISBN 10: 0814742467 / 0-8147-4246-7
ISBN 13: 9780814742464
Publisher: New York Univ Pr
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Hardcover
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Synopsis:

Cosa Nostra. Organized crime. The Mob. Call it what you like, no other crime group has infiltrated labor unions and manipulated legitimate industries like Italian organized crime families. One cannot understand the history and political economy of New York City -- or most other major American cities -- in the 20th century without focusing on the role of organized crime in the urban power structure. Gotham Unbound demonstrates the remarkable range of Cosa Nostra's activities and influence and convincingly argues that 20th century organized crime has been no minor annoyance at the periphery of society but a major force in the core economy, acting as a power broker, even as an alternative government in many sectors of the urban economy. James B. Jacobs presents the first comprehensive account of the ways in which the Cosa Nostra infiltrated key sectors of New York City's legitimate economic life and how this came over the years to be accepted as inevitable, in some cases even beneficial. The first half of Gotham Unbound is devoted to the ways organized crime became entrenched in six economic sectors and institutions of the city -- the garment district, Fulton Fish Market, freight at JFK airport, construction, the Jacob Javits Convention Center, and the waste-hauling industry. The second half compellingly documents the campaign to purge the mob from unions, industries, and economic sectors, focusing on the unrelenting law enforcement efforts and the central role of Rudolph Giuliani's mayoral administration in devising innovative regulatory strategies to combat the mob.


Review:

"The tale of Carlo Gambino, the boss of bosses, sitting in a storefront in Little Italy doling out favors to residents who lined up around the block, stirs in us daydreams of unlimited power and prestige, but when his successor, John Gotti Jr., had to put up his own house as collateral for bail, we are merely reminded of our own unpaid bills. GOTHAM UNBOUND charts this morally salutary decline and permits us to make up our minds--Is a quarter extra for your pants too much to pay for the Mafia fantasy in which you never have to say you're sorry?"

Albert Mobilio, Village Voice, September 1999

 

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