Bringing Down the Mob

The War Against the American Mafia

Thomas Reppetto

A John Macrae Book

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The riveting, often bloody account of how the fifty-year attack by the federal government virtually extinguished the nation's most powerful crime syndicate

In the critically acclaimed American Mafia, Thomas Reppetto narrated the ferocious ascendancy of organized crime in America. In this fascinating sequel, he follows the mob from its peak into a shadowy period of decline as the government, no longer able to deny its existence, made subduing the Mafia a matter of national priority.

Reppetto draws on a lifetime of field experience to tell the stories of the Mafia’s twentieth-century leadership, showing how men such as Sam Giancana and John Gotti became household names. Crusaders like Robert Kennedy led concerted—if sometimes sporadic—attacks against organized crime. As the battles between the feds and the Mafia moved from the streets to the courtrooms, Reppetto describes how it came to resemble a conflict between sovereign powers.

In direct, shoot-from-the-hip prose, Reppetto chronicles a turning point in American Mafia history, and offers the provocative theory that, given the right formula of connections and shrewd business, a new generation of multinational criminals may be poised to take up the Mafia’s mantle.

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Introduction:
 
The American Mafia
 
Longtime business associates Allen Dorfman and Irwin Weiner frequently lunched together. On a day in January 1983, they emerged from Dorfman’s Cadillac onto the icy parking lot of a suburban Chicago restaurant, ten minutes late for their one o’clock reservation. According to Weiner, they were walking between parked cars when two men ran up behind them and yelled, “This is a robbery.” One of the men fired a .22 automatic at least half a dozen times. Only Dorfman was hit. He fell to the ground in a large pool of blood that quickly froze into

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Thomas Reppetto

Thomas Reppetto is a former Chicago commander of detectives and was president of New York City’s Citizens Crime Commission for more than twenty years. He is the author of NYPD: A City and Its Police, a New York Times Notable Book, and of American Mafia: A History of Its Rise to Power (0-8050-7798-7). He lives in Westchester, New York.

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Bringing Down the Mob
The War Against the American Mafia
Thomas Reppetto

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Henry Holt and Co.
A John Macrae Book
October 2006
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429952538
ISBN10: 1429952539
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 352 pages, Includes sixteen pages of pictures
$9.99

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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
September 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805086591
ISBN10: 0805086595
5 3/4 x 8 15/16 inches, 352 pages, Includes sixteen pages of pictures
$17.00
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