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Smith Jr (Dwight C.)

ISBN 10: 0091227208 / ISBN 13: 9780091227203
Published by Hutchinson, 1975
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Hardback, 1st UK edn. Mafia-Cosa Nostra-gambling-drugs-extortion-corruption. That single word Mafia triggers off an astonishing association of fact, fiction, and mythology. In this compelling book, the author shows how the public has become fascinated with the idea of a secret criminal society to the point where our view of organised crime itself is so distorted that we misunderstand the real threats of illegal enterprise. The author uses a blend of analysis and description: he de-mystifies as he narrates. And a remarkable story it is - the importation of the Mafia to America, the birth of the gangster hero, Al Capone, the 'conspiracy of silence', the public appetite for the Godfather as fact, book, film, and myth, right down to the Mafia's own concern about its current 'image'. In 3 parts : Part One How it All Started; Part Two The Anti-Mafia Cold War; Part Three The Contemporary Dilemma. With Notes, Bibliog. and Index. 399pp. lge. 8vo. F. in Vg. dw. which has 2 tiny closed tears, and vertical crease to back 'blurb. A fairly heavy book which will require additional postage if shipped overseas. Bookseller Inventory # 5327

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Publisher: Hutchinson

Publication Date: 1975

Binding: Hardcover / Hardback

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First edition.

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