The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to the Mafia

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9780028642253: The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to the Mafia

You never go against the family.

Here is the most comprehensive introduction to and explanation of the most infamous crime organization in history. Completely updated with more than 70 pages of new material and photographs, it includes information about the shifts in power and tightening of ranks of different families after convictions of their key members; new inside information on the role of the families in Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, Rochester, and even Montreal; and updates on the DeCavalcante family who bragged they were the real Sopranos on FBI wiretaps.

• More than 70 pages of new material

• Full of dramatic anecdotes and photos about everything from Capone to Gotti and beyond

• Written by acclaimed expert author and reporter of all things Mafia in his weekly online column “Gang Land”(www.ganglandnews.com)

 

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Jerry Capeci, a New York Citybased reporter, columnist, and author for three decades, is one of America's foremost experts on organized crime. A frequent guest on network and cable television programs in the United States and Canada, Capeci has co-authored three books about the Mafia and has written scores of articles and features about organized crime for magazines and newspapers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Since 1996, Capeci has written "Gang Land," an award-winning online column about the Mafia that evolved from a weekly column he wrote for the New York Daily News from 1989 to 1995. In 2001, The New York Times and People Magazine wrote feature stories about Capeci and his online column, ganglandnews. Capeci is also co-author, with Gene Mustain, of Gotti: Rise and Fall (Onyx, 1996), Murder Machine (Dutton, 1992), and Mob Star: The Story of John Gotti (Franklin Watts, 1988).

Capeci often lectures student and community groups. He has talked about basic reporting and writing to junior high school students; discussed ethics and confidential sources with graduate school students of journalism; explained the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act to law school students. He lives in New York City, where he is Director of Communications for John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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"Mobspeak is put into laymen's terms...examines the killings, convictions...plus other questions most people are too scared to ask." -- New York Daily News

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