Mafia
Black Caesar: The Rise and Disppearance of Frank Matthews, Kingpin
Black Caesar
The Rise and Disppearance of Frank Matthews, Kingpin
Paperback      ISBN: 0985244011
This is a remarkable story of Frank Matthews, a charismatic drug kingpin from the late 1960s and 1980s who organized a huge criminal enterprise before jumping bail and 1973 with $15 million and a beautiful woman. Nicknamed Black Caesar, Matthews has never been seen again in what has become one of organized crimes most intriguing mysteries.
The Black Hand
The Black Hand
Paperback      ISBN: 0061257303
Chronicles the experiences of an enforcer for the La Familia Mexicana mob organization, documenting its influence and growing number of loyal members while describing the enforcer's violent and disillusioning two-decade career.
The Black Hand: The Bloody Rise and Redemption of
The Black Hand
The Bloody Rise and Redemption of "Boxer" Enriquez, a Mexican Mob Killer
Paperback      ISBN: 0061944181
Rene "Boxer" Enriquez grew up in East L.A., where gang fights and drive-by shootings, fueled by rage, drugs, and alcohol, were everyday occurrences. After he was sent to prison, at nineteen, Enriquez was recruited by La Eme, the near-mythic Mexican Mafia, which is arguably the most well-armed and dangerous gang in American history. A young man without fear who would kill without hesitation, Enriquez's loyalty and iron will quickly drove him up the ranks, from Mob enforcer to the gang's upper echelons, where he would help rule for nearly two decades. Seeking respect, he devoted his life to a bloody cause only to find betrayal and disillusionment. Award-winning journalist Chris Blatchford's The Black Hand is an astonishing look at the inner workings, secret meetings, and elaborate murder plots that make up the daily routine of the Mafia brothers—an intense and unprecedented tale of depravity, violence, and redemption.
The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History
The Black Hand
The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History
Paperback      ISBN: 1328911195
The gripping true story of the origins of the Mafia in America—and the brilliant Italian-born detective who gave his life to stop it
The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History
The Black Hand
The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History
Compact Disc      ISBN: 1543619444
The gripping true story of the origins of the Mafia in America - and the brilliant Italian-born detective who gave his life to stop it. Film rights optioned by Paramount Studios, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Beginning in the summer of 1903, an insidious crime wave filled New York City, and then the entire country, with fear. The children of Italian immigrants were kidnapped, and dozens of innocent victims were gunned down. Bombs tore apart tenement buildings. Judges, senators, Rockefellers, and society matrons were threatened with gruesome deaths. The perpetrators seemed both omnipresent and invisible. Their only calling card: the symbol of a black hand. The crimes whipped up the slavering tabloid press and heated ethnic tensions to the boiling point. Standing between the American public and the Black Hand's lawlessness was Joseph Petrosino. Dubbed the "Italian Sherlock Holmes", he was a famously dogged and ingenious detective and a master of disguise. As the crimes grew ever more bizarre and the Black Hand's activities spread far beyond New York's borders, Petrosino and the all-Italian police squad he assembled raced to capture members of the secret criminal society before the country's anti-immigrant tremors exploded into catastrophe. Petrosino's quest to root out the source of the Black Hand's power would take him all the way to Sicily - but at a terrible cost. Unfolding a story rich with resonance in our own era, The Black Hand is fast-paced narrative history at its very best.

Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker
Blood Aces
The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker
Paperback      ISBN: 0143127586
" The astonishing story of Benny Binion-a rip-roaring saga of murder, money, and the making of Las Vegas Benny Binion was many things: a cowboy, a pioneering casino owner, a gangster, a killer, and founder of the hugely successful World Series of Poker. Blood Aces tells the story of Binion's crucial role in shaping modern Las Vegas. From a Texas backwater, Binion rose to prominence on a combination of vision, determination, and brutal expediency. His formula was simple: run a good business, cultivate the big boys, kill your enemies, and own the cops. Through a mix of cold-bloodedness, native intelligence, folksiness, and philanthropy, Binion became one of the most revered figures in the history of gambling, and his showmanship, shrewdness, andviolence would come to dominate the Vegas scene. Veteran journalist Doug J. Swanson uses once-secret government documents and dogged reporting to show how Binion destroyed his rivals and outsmarted his adversaries-including J. Edgar Hoover. As fast paced as any thriller, Blood Aces tells a story that is unmatched in the annals of American criminal justice, a vital yet untold piece of this country's history"--
Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker
Blood Aces
The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670026034
"Benny Binion was many things: a cowboy, a pioneering casino owner, a gangster, a killer, and founder of the hugely successful World Series of Poker. Blood Aces tells the story of Binion's crucial role in shaping modern Las Vegas. From a Texas backwater,Binion rose to prominence on a combination of vision, determination, and brutal expediency. His formula was simple: run a good business, cultivate the big boys, kill your enemies, and own the cops. Through a mix of cold-bloodedness, native intelligence, folksiness, and philanthropy, Binion became one of the most revered figures in the history of gambling, and his showmanship, shrewdness, and violence would come to dominate the Vegas scene. Veteran journalist Doug J. Swanson uses once-secret government documents and dogged reporting to show how Binion destroyed his rivals and outsmarted his adversaries--including J. Edgar Hoover"--
Blood Brotherhoods: A History of Italy's Three Mafias
Blood Brotherhoods
A History of Italy's Three Mafias
Hardcover      ISBN: 1610394275
Through a riveting narrative both disturbing and disturbingly relevant to the present, Blood Brotherhoods shines a new light on the development of organized crime in Italy. Dickie draws on research that has never been seen before to examine the myths surrounding the three largest and most violent mafia groups--divulging the secrets, intrigues, histories and documents of the real stories behind the Honored Society’s most brutal crimes. Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian mafia made infamous to Americans by television shows like The Sopranos and classic films like The Godfather is not the only dangerous criminal fraternity active in Italy. The country hosts two other major mafias: the Camorra from Naples and the ?ndrangheta, the Mafia from the poor and isolated region of Calabria that has now risen to become the most powerful mob group active today. Each of these brotherhoods has its own methods, its own dark rituals, its own style of ferocity and corruption. Yet violence is only the beginning. The mafias have corrupted Italy’s institutions, drastically curtailed the life-chances of its citizens, evaded justice, and set up their own self-interested meddling as an alternative to the courts. The staggering reach of organized crime in Italy hangs over a nation racked by debt, political paralysis, and widespread corruption. The largest mafia factions control much of Europe’s wholesale cocaine trade and about three percent of Italy’s total GDP. These are not solitary or static criminal organisms, nor are the Mafiosi that comprise them primitive gangsters. Sicily might have given the world the term ?mafia,’ but the history of organized crime in Italy is as much about Italy’s weakness as it is about the mafia’s strength. Italy itself is revealed to be a criminal ecosystem and a key player, in its own right, within the bowels of the Honored Society. Blood Brotherhoods is a book of breathtaking ambition. It blends archival detective work, passionate narrative, and shrewd analysis to bring Italy’s unique criminal underworld, and the three terrifying criminal brotherhoods that have evolved within it, to life on the page.
Blood Covenant: The Story of the
Blood Covenant
The Story of the "Mafia Prince" Who Publicly Quit the Mob and Lived
Hardcover      ISBN: 1641230207
Mob boss Michael Franzese had it all—money, power, prestige. From the time he took a blood oath that bound him body and soul to New York’s Colombo crime family, Franzese became a force to be reckoned with in organized crime. Named by Vanity Fair as one of the biggest moneymakers in the mob since Al Capone, he quickly crept into the upper echelon of Mafia authority in this country. By the age of thirty-five, he was the youngest mobster listed on Fortune magazine’s survey of the fifty most wealthy and powerful Mafia bosses in America. Then, he did the unthinkable: he quit the mob. Today, Michael is a Christian, finding his own Damascus Road that began with his wife Camille. The story of his conversion is a testament of God’s willingness to reach into the heart of any man regardless of their past or the present condition of their lives. In one of the most fascinating books ever written about today’s Mafia, Michael reveals the answers to the many mysteries surrounding his incredible life. Find out how and why he did what no one else managed to do—and live. Journey with Michael through a life defined by two blood covenants. The first bound him to the mob. The second set him free.
Blood in the Fields: Ten Years Inside California's Nuestra Familia Gang
Blood in the Fields
Ten Years Inside California's Nuestra Familia Gang
Paperback      ISBN: 1613736509
Salinas, California, is the birthplace of John Steinbeck and the setting for his epic masterpiece East of Eden, but it is also the home of Nuestra Familia. Born in the prisons of California in the late 1960s, Nuestra Familia expanded to control drug trafficking and extortion operations throughout the northern half of the state, and left a trail of bodies in its wake. Award-winning journalist Julia Reynolds tells the gang’s story from the inside out, following young men and women as they search for a new kind of family. She also documents the FBI’s questionable decade-long effort to dismantle the gang, along with the turf wars it created with local law enforcement agencies. Reynolds uses her unprecedented access to gang members as well as undercover wire taps, depositions, and court documents to weave a gripping, comprehensive history.