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Describes Irishman Danny Greene's battle to break the Italian stranglehold on organized crime in Cleveland, Ohio, in the 1970s.
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For decades, Americans have had a fascination with the Mafia. We have paid the box offices generously to be entertained by films like The Godfather, Goodfellas, Casino and Donnie Brasco. Likewise, millions have been spent in bookstores on titles like Boss of Bosses, Doublecross, The Last Mafioso, Underboss and the numerous John Gotti stories.
It started in the fifties, when mob soldier Joseph Valachi broke the blood oath of omerta which swears Mafia members to secrecy, violations being punishable by death. The term Mafia became a household word. Higher ranking mob turncoats like Jimmy "Weasel" Fratianno, Angelo "Big Ange" Lonardo and Sammy "the Bull" Gravano would follow.
In years to come we would learn of the Mafia's influence in labor unions, gambling, political corruption, narcotics, major airports, big city docks, legitimate business and industry and even the entertainment mecca of Las Vegas. With hard-to-ignore evidence, there would be shocking allegations that the Mafia had collaborated with the Central Intelligence Agency in "Operation Mongoose," the plot to assassinate Cuban Communist leader Fidel Castro. It is even believed by many that the Mafia helped engineer the rise of John F. Kennedy to President of the United States, then was responsible for the assassination of he and his brother Senator Robert Kennedy, and actress Marilyn Monroe.
In the seventies and eighties, the government began winning more of their battles with the Mafia. New anti-racketeering legislation and technology, coupled with tougher drug laws, undercover operations, unprecedented inter-agency cooperation and WITSEC, the federal witness protection program were effective weapons. Attrition of old-school Mafioso made the timing good. The young replacements were not the jail-stint-hardened men that their fathers, uncles and neighborhood heroes were. As a result of all this, whole Mafia hierarchies were dismantled in cities like Milwaukee, Cleveland, Kansas City and Los Angeles. Top New York mob dons, like Tony Salerno and John Gotti were, convicted and imprisoned for life.About the Author:
Rick Porrello is a veteran police officer with Mafia roots. He is author of The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia. Porrello began writing his first book during research into the murders of his grandfather and three uncles who were mob leaders killed in Prohibition-era, bootleg violence. The book, published in 1995 by Barricade Books of New York, quickly became a regional favorite.
Porrello's second book, To Kill The Irishman: The War that Crippled the Mafia, was optioned for a motion picture before it even hit the shelves. It has now (2001) moved into pre-production by producers by Emmett-Furla Films and Dundee Entertainment, director James Foley, co-starring Paul Sorvino as mob boss James Licavoli and Tara Reid as Danny Greene's love interest.
Porrello is an accomplished jazz musician and soloist, and spent three years traveling worldwide as the drummer for the late Sammy Davis Jr. He continues to perform in the Ohio area. Rick has a degree in criminal justice and is a member of the Italian-American Police Officers Association, the National Writers Association, and the American Federation of Musicians.
Rick is also host of AmericanMafia.com, the web's largest and most comprehensive Mafia site.
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Book Description Next Hat Pr, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110966250885