Here is a list of the best True Mafia books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!
- 1. Mafia: The History of the Mob (2012)
- 2. The Mafia: A Cultural History (2018)
- 3. MAFIA ENFORCER a True Story of Life and Death in the Mob (1988)
- 4. The Nutmeg Mafia.: An Informal History of Organized Crime in Connecticut. (2019)
- 5. Mafia Prince: Inside America’s Most Violent Crime Family and the Bloody Fall of La Cosa Nostra (2014)
- 6. The Cornbread Mafia: A Homegrown Syndicate’s Code Of Silence And The Biggest Marijuana Bust In American History (2019)
- 7. The Coin Store: A True Story of Drug Cartels, Mobsters, Cops and Agents (2016)
- 8. The Pizza Connection: Lawyers, Drugs and the Mafia (1989)
- 9. Boston Organized Crime (Images of America) (2012)
- 10. The Life and Times of Frank Balistrieri: The Last, Most Powerful Godfather of Milwaukee (2019)
- 11. Garden State Gangland: The Rise of the Mob in New Jersey (2019)
- 12. Chin: The Life and Crimes of Mafia Boss Vincent Gigante (2018)
- 13. The Mafia and the Machine: The Story of the Kansas City Mob (2010)
- 14. The Good Mothers: The True Story of the Women Who Took on the World’s Most Powerful Mafia (2019)
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1. Mafia: The History of the Mob (2012)
This book is about extraordinary men who lived through extraordinary times. The History of the Mob tells the stories of their lives, their families, their code, their crimes, and their cold-blooded murders”from Don Vito Cascio Ferro, the New York mobster who lured Joe Petrosino to his death in Palermo, to John Gotti, the Teflon don and Bernardo the Tractor Provenzano, who hid out in a farmhouse for forty-three years….
2. The Mafia: A Cultural History (2018)
What is it about Tony Soprano that makes him so amiable? For that matter, how is it that many of us secretly want Scarface to succeed or see Michael Corleone as, ultimately, a hero? What draws us into the otherwise horrifically violent world of the mafia? In The Mafia, Roberto M. Dainotto explores the irresistible appeal of this particular brand of organized crime, its history, and the mythology we have developed around it. Dainotto traces the development of the mafia from its rural beginnings in Western Sicily to its growth into a global crime organization alongside a parallel…
Paperback Publisher: Bantam Books; First Edition edition (1988) Language: English ASIN: B000MX8UJI Shipping Information: View shipping rates and policies Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,804,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #12533 in Criminology (Books) #24651 in True Crime (Books) #6289 in Crime & Criminal Biographies Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
4. The Nutmeg Mafia.: An Informal History of Organized Crime in Connecticut. (2019)
An Informal History of Organized Crime in Connecticut….
5. Mafia Prince: Inside America’s Most Violent Crime Family and the Bloody Fall of La Cosa Nostra (2014)
Mafia Prince is the first person account of one of the most brutal eras in Mafia history—“Little Nicky” Scarfo's reign as boss of the Philadelphia family in the 1980s—written by Scarfo's underboss and nephew, “Crazy Phil” Leonetti.The youngest-ever underboss at the age of 33, Leonetti was at the crux of the violent breakup of the traditional American Mafia in the 1980s when he infiltrated Atlantic City after gambling was legalized, and later turned state's evidence against his own. His testimony led directly to the convictions of dozens of high-ranking men including John Gotti,…
6. The Cornbread Mafia: A Homegrown Syndicate’s Code Of Silence And The Biggest Marijuana Bust In American History (2019)
In the summer of 1987, Johnny Boone set out to grow and harvest one of the greatest outdoor marijuana crops in modern times. In doing so, he set into motion a series of events that defined him and his associates as the largest homegrown marijuana syndicate in American history, also known as the Cornbread Mafia. Author James Higdon—whose relationship with Johnny Boone, currently a federal fugitive, made him the first journalist subpoenaed under the Obama administration—takes readers back to the 1970s and ’80s and the clash between federal and…
Pablo Escobar was the King of Cocaine, the wealthiest and most violent criminal in the world. By the 1980s his Medellin Drug Cartel was responsible for smuggling several tons of cocaine into America each and every day, killing thousands of people along the way. The end result was hundreds of millions of dollars in profits, cash profits. In response, and as part of President Reagan’s War on Drugs, Congress created the Money Laundering Act of 1986. The goal was to take the profit out of Escobar’s business. And the plan was working. Drug Money seizures went up. But as U.S….
The Pizza Connection Paperback – June, 1989 by Shana Alexander (Author)…
Boston has had its share of bookies and loan sharks, gangsters and wiseguys, hoodlums and hit men. From the Great Brink’s Robbery, which was hailed as the crime of the century; to the long-forgotten Cotton Club in Roxbury, where the legendary nightlife kingpin Charlie “King” Solomon was gunned down; to the infamous Blackfriars Massacre, a brutal gangland slaying that left five men dead, slumped over a backgammon game in a cramped basement office―all of these dark moments in time are a part of Boston’s history that is rarely spoken about. Boston Organized Crime…
Who was Frank Peter Balistrieri, the last and most power Godfather of the Milwaukee Mafia? Based on hundreds of FBI documents obtained by a Freedom of Information request (as well as substantiating research), Wayne Clingman and Zack Long lay out a timeline of Frank ‘The Mad Bomber’ Balistrieri’s rise through the ranks of the Italian-American criminal underground and through his time controlling Milwaukee. From car bombs to the fabled Las Vegas casino skim, Balistrieri’s little known story is sure to prove a captivating one….
The Mafia in the United States might be a shadow of its former self, but in the New York/New Jersey metro area, there are still wiseguys and wannabes working scams, extorting businesses, running gambling, selling drugs, and branching out into white collar crimes. And they are continuing a tradition that’s over 100 years old. Some of the most powerful mobsters on a national level were from New Jersey, and they spread their tentacles down to Florida, across the Atlantic, and out to California. And many of the stories have never been told. Deitche weaves his narrative through significant, as well as some…
He started out as a professional boxer—until he found his true calling as a ruthless contract killer. Hand-picked by Vito Genovese to run the Genovese Family when Vito was sent to prison, Chin raked in more than $100 million for the Genovese family and routinely ordered the murders of mobsters who violated the Mafia code—including John Gotti. At the height of his power, he controlled an underworld empire of close to three hundred made men, making the Genovese Family the most powerful in the U.S. And yet Vincent “Chin” Gigante was, to all outside appearances, certifiably crazy. He wandered the…
The story of the American Mafia is not complete without a chapter on Kansas City. The City of Fountains has appeared in the The Godfather, Casino, and The Sopranos, but many Midwesterners are not aware that Kansas City has affected the fortunes of the entire underworld. In The Mafia and the Machine, author Frank Hayde ties in every major name in organized crime-Luciano, Bugsy, Lansky-as well as the city’s corrupt police force….
14. The Good Mothers: The True Story of the Women Who Took on the World’s Most Powerful Mafia (2019)
Nominated for a 2019 Edgar® Award for Best Fact Crime Named a CrimeReads best Nonfiction Crime Book of 2018The electrifying, untold story of the women born into the most deadly and obscenely wealthy of the Italian mafias – and how they risked everything to bring it down.The Calabrian Mafia—known as the ’Ndrangheta—is one of the richest and most ruthless crime syndicates in the world, with branches stretching from America to Australia. It controls seventy percent of the cocaine and heroin supply in Europe, manages billion-dollar extortion rackets,…
Best True Mafia Books Everyone Should Read
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The Griffith Wars: The Powerful True Story of Donald Mackay's Murder and the Town That Stood Up To The Mafia
Author(s): Tom Gilling; Terry Jones
ID: 2498415, Publisher: Allen & Unwin, Year: 2017, Size: 5 Mb, Format: epub
Smuggler’s Blues: A True Story of the Hippie Mafia
Author(s): Richard Stratton
ID: 2255430, Publisher: Arcade Publishing, Year: 2016, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub
Smuggler : A True Story of Marijuana, the Hippie Mafia and One of America’s Most Wanted International Drug Traffickers
Author(s): Richard Stratton
ID: 2319303, Publisher: Allen & Unwin, Year: 2016, Size: 926 Kb, Format: epub
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