The Mafia Encyclopedia

  • Filename: the-mafia-encyclopedia.
  • ISBN: 9780816069897
  • Release Date: 2005-01-01
  • Number of pages: 529
  • Author: Carl Sifakis
  • Publisher: Infobase Publishing

More than 500 alphabetical entries provide information on the people, places and events associated with the Mafia.

The Mexican Mafia Encyclopedia

  • Filename: the-mexican-mafia-encyclopedia.
  • ISBN: 1936986205
  • Release Date: 2013-05-10
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Rene Enriquez
  • Publisher:

The most comprehensive book ever written on the history and inner-workings of the Mexican Mafia. Authored by two former members now working with law enforcement and a network of Mexican Mafia experts within the field of criminal justice. These experts encompass multiple generations of mafia experiences, including murders, conspiracies, membership, and folklore. Included is factual data, official documents, personal accounts and never seen before photographs. In addition Quick Response (QR) Codes are included that offer informational video clips and audio segments via smart phones and computers. This multi-media approach was designed specifically to delve further into various incidents and provide first-hand accounts. This manuscript has been vetted by Mexican Mafia experts throughout the United States.

The Encyclopedia of American Crime

  • Filename: the-encyclopedia-of-american-crime.
  • ISBN: 0816068844
  • Release Date: 2014-05-14
  • Number of pages: 1014
  • Author: Carl Sifakis
  • Publisher: Facts on File

Presents a comprehensive guide to crime in America focusing on the events and personalities responsible for the worst crimes in the nation's short history.

Mafia State

  • Filename: mafia-state.
  • ISBN: 9780852652503
  • Release Date: 2011-09-29
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Luke Harding
  • Publisher: Guardian Books

In 2007 Luke Harding arrived in Moscow to take up a new job as a correspondent for the British newspaper the Guardian. Within months, mysterious agents from Russia's Federal Security Service - the successor to the KGB - had broken into his flat. He found himself tailed by men in cheap leather jackets, bugged, and even summoned to Lefortovo, the KGB's notorious prison. The break-in was the beginning of an extraordinary psychological war against the journalist and his family. Vladimir Putin's spies used tactics developed by the KGB and perfected in the 1970s by the Stasi, East Germany's sinister secret police. This clandestine campaign burst into the open in 2011 when the Kremlin expelled Harding from Moscow - the first western reporter to be deported from Russia since the days of the Cold War. Mafia State: How one reporter became an enemy of the brutal new Russia is a brilliant and haunting account of the insidious methods used by a resurgent Kremlin against its so-called "enemies" - human rights workers, western diplomats, journalists and opposition activists. It includes unpublished material from confidential US diplomatic cables, released last year by WikiLeaks, which describe Russia as a "virtual mafia state". Harding gives a unique, personal and compelling portrait of today's Russia, two decades after the end of communism, that reads like a spy thriller.

Cosa Nostra

  • Filename: cosa-nostra.
  • ISBN: 0393341968
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Massimo Picozzi
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton

Describes the origins and history of the Cosa Nostra, beginning in 1863 Sicily and moving to Prohibition Era America, discussing the formation of the mafia families and the most famous legendary criminals.

Women and the Mafia

  • Filename: women-and-the-mafia.
  • ISBN: 9780387365428
  • Release Date: 2007-09-04
  • Number of pages: 300
  • Author: Giovanni Fiandaca
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

The insightful essays in this book shine a new light on the roles of women within criminal networks, roles that in reality are often less traditional than researchers used to think. The book seeks to answer questions from a wide range of academic disciplines and traces the portrait of women tied to organized crime in Italy and around the world. The book offers up accounts of mafia women, and also tales of severe abuse and violence against women.

Mafia the History with Mario Puzo s Godfather in Background

  • Filename: mafia-the-history-with-mario-puzo-s-godfather-in-background.
  • ISBN: 9783640742271
  • Release Date: 2010-11
  • Number of pages: 74
  • Author: Marta Zapala-Kraj
  • Publisher: GRIN Verlag

Research Paper from the year 2009 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: -, -, language: English, abstract: Nowadays the word 'Mafia' refers nearly all groups or gangs involved in organized crime. However, originally, Mafia meant an organized criminal organization of Italian, predominantly Sicilian, heritage. In fact, this word is a mere literary creation while the real name is 'Cosa Nostra' meaning 'our thing'. For many years the common understanding of the Mafia was strictly limited by argument on whether there even was a Mafia. In the recent decades that argument was more or less settled, and the principal argument remaining is whether or not organized crime and the Mafia are one and the same thing. According to Finckenauer: To this end, this useful primer to the phenomenon quite rightly tarts with a simple question that begs a complex answer: what is organized crime? Sometimes, the mobsters are easy to identify, a collection of ne'er-do-wells with no visible source of income but owning flashy cars and homes; involved in the staples of organized criminality, whether trafficking drugs or infiltrating legitimate businesses. The old stereotypes, which were always something of a caricature, are becoming even less applicable in the modern world. [...] In part the confusion revolves around an understanding of the real nature of organized crime that existed since the earliest days of the nation and, indeed, earlier. It is worth remembering that, organized crime achieves its status not only by the fact of groups of practitioners, but also due to the fact that organized crime is syndicate crime in which certain activities are apportioned out to the various gangs and honored in the main by these gangs. What is interesting, in the beginning and even till the 1950s, many people regarded the Mafia not as law-breaking criminals but as role-models and protectors of the weak and the poor, as the state offered no protection to the lower cla

War Against the Mafia

  • Filename: war-against-the-mafia.
  • ISBN: 9781497685543
  • Release Date: 2014-12-16
  • Number of pages: 185
  • Author: Don Pendleton
  • Publisher: Open Road Media

To avenge his family, a soldier brings home the Vietnam War In the jungles of Southeast Asia, no sniper was more ruthless than Mack Bolan. After twelve years in-country, with ninety-five confirmed kills, he returns home to the United States only to find that his father has gone berserk, slaughtering his family before taking his own life. But Bolan knows his old man was no killer: He was under pressure from Mafia thugs who were after his money—and willing to destroy his life to get it. For the sake of his father, Bolan declares war on the men who drove him mad . . . Five loan sharks are getting into their car when a bullet slams one of them to the ground. Before the others can draw their guns, four more shots ring out, leaving them the first casualties in the Executioner’s war. From his hometown to every city in America, Mack Bolan will deliver justice from the barrel of a gun.

Encyclopedia of Gangs

  • Filename: encyclopedia-of-gangs.
  • ISBN: 0313334021
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 289
  • Author: Louis Kontos
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO

Examines gangs throughout the United States in over eighty entries covering topics such as history, the wide range of communities where gangs form, and their increasingly complex lifestyle.


  • Filename: mafia.
  • ISBN: 160239668X
  • Release Date: 2009
  • Number of pages: 843
  • Author: Bureau of Narcotics
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

Provides fascinating insight to this dangerous criminal underworld through a collection of formerly top-secret documents featuring real wise guys, their connections to crime families, informative profiles, and mug shots, including Vinny "The Chin" Gigante and Lucky Luciano. Original.

Mobsters and Thugs

  • Filename: mobsters-and-thugs.
  • ISBN: 1550711040
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 104
  • Author: Olindo Romeo Chiocca
  • Publisher: Guernica Editions

This is an intriguing and humorous book that compiles over 200 underworld quotes from over 60 different gangsters, their women, lawyers, victims, and the politicians they owned. From the early Black Hand to prohibition and onto the creation of the National Crime Syndicate and Murder Inc., each quote and its accompanying historical caption give a fascinating look at the men and women who were involved in creating one of the largest and most powerful revenue-generating organisations in North America.

Donnie Brasco

  • Filename: donnie-brasco.
  • ISBN: 0451192575
  • Release Date: 1997-02-01
  • Number of pages: 413
  • Author: Joseph D. Pistone
  • Publisher: Penguin

A former FBI special agent tells how he lived as a Mafia insider for over six years, gathering evidence on the mob's involvement in extortion, gambling, drug trafficking, and murder

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