The period from the late 1950s (the time of the Mafia's famous Apalachin summit in upstate New York) through the late 1960s (when The Godfather was published) were a golden age for organized crime in America–the era that saw the Meyer Lansky generation give way to the Gambinos and Bonannos, that saw an explosion in narcotics trafficking, and that inspired storytellers like Mario Puzo, Nicholas Pileggi, and Martin Scorsese.
Now, in an unbelievable find, comes the long–buried Bible of the Mafia and all its most storied players, at the height of that watershed era. Some time in the early 1960s, federal investigators compiled every known piece of information on more than 800 members of organized crime in the United States–from influential old–school gangsters like Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, and Frank Costello to the emerging thugs, like Joe Bonanno, Paul Castellano, and Vincent "the Chin" Gigante, who would dominate the criminal underworld in the 1960s and 1970s.
Only fifty copies of this material–bound in a three–ring black binder, labelled simply MAFIA in green letters–were ever printed, and the book became the mother lode Robert F. Kennedy used to go after the Mob in his years as attorney general.
- Publication Date:
- 11 / 11 / 2008
- 203 x 203mm