"WASP anxiety" regarding immigrant criminals resulted in Prohibition--13 years which successfully transformed local gangs into the national criminal networks of today. With this as his thesis and starting point, historian Fox then reels off a series of vignettes that depict the struggle between WASP crime-fighter and ethnic criminal. Using an eclectic mix of sources ranging from original newspaper accounts to congressional hearings, the author has produced an almost encyclopedic popular history of organized crime in 20th-century America. Of special interest are chapters devoted to the Kennedy assassinations and aftermath and to the Mafia-as-myth school of sociology. This is an entertaining, thoughtful book covering old ground and much that is new. Recommended.
- Jerry Maioli, Seattle
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"In a well-researched, engrossing, often-startling chronicle . . . the author alleges underworld involvement by numerous well-known figures, past and present, among them entertainers (Milton Berle), journalists (Walter Winchell) . . . and several U.S. presidents (FDR, Truman, JFK)," said PW . Photos. 50,000 first printing.
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