Before Bruno: Book 1 - 1880-1931: The History of the Philadelphia Mafia

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Celeste A. Morello, MS, MA completed two graduate programs specializing in Sicilian and U.S. History as they relate to the origins of the Mafia and La Cosa Nostra in the Philadelphia area. She is the only criminologist and only historian in the U.S. descended from and still related to Mafiosi in Sicily. For five years, while in effect, Morello lectured on the genesis of the Philadelphia Mafia and LCN to law students interning at the Organized Crime Strike Force of the U.S. Attorney's Office. She also wrote, "Reviewing Illicit Narcotics Use & Distribution in Philadelphia before the Involvement of Organized Crime" for the Department of Justice's High Intensity Drug Traffic Agency (HIDTA-Phila./Camden, NJ) which also published by the Journal of the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime and the Journal of Villanova University.

In Before Bruno: The History of the Philadelphia Mafia, Books 1 to 3, Morello received assistance from the families, friends and associates of the Philadelphia Mafia and LCN bosses to corroborate the law enforcement sources.

Ms. Morello specializes in this social/criminal history of the Mafia and LCN in Philadelphia area, but she also participates in the historical marker nomination process with Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission with more than twenty markers throughout Philly to her credit. Morello is also active in Philadelphia's famous "Italian Market" neighborhood where she lives and occasionally runs the popular "Italian Market Tour", (featured in "Food & Wine", May 1999)

Morello's national and international press includes: U.S. News & World Report, many references in the Associated Press, Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), Foodnetwork, CNN and the London Independent Newspapers.

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The first and only history of the Mafia and La Cosa Nostra in Philadelphia was written by the only criminologist and only historian in the United States, descended from Sicilian Mafiosi. The series of three books documents the early settlement of Sicilian Mafiosi in the Philadelphia area and how this Family thrived up to the year 1959, when Angelo Bruno, the most notorious boss of the Philadelphia-South Jersey Family began his tenure.

This is an objective, well researched study which challenges past histories on organized crime and the Mafia in the U.S., as it brings to the reader the truth about local corruption and a history of changes in social attitudes towards Italian American criminals. Consider this one of the few scholarly works on revisionist crime history.

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