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American Mafia: A History of Its Rise to Power (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. Januar 2005

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"The subject is sensational, but the work is never sensationalistic . . . Any serious mob-watcher . . . will want to have this book. Anyone who reads it with interest will join me in hoping that Reppetto writes a sequel swiftly and as well."
""--"The Sun" (Baltimore)


The subject is sensational, but the work is never sensationalistic . . . Any serious mob-watcher . . . will want to have this book. Anyone who reads it with interest will join me in hoping that Reppetto writes a sequel swiftly and as well. "The Sun (Baltimore)"

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A history of the mafia's rise from the 1880s to the post-World War II era features the stories of Lucky Luciano and Al Capone, noting the role that Prohibition had in the establishment of the mafia's defining characteristics.

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Repettos Sachkunde gründet sich auch darauf,daß er in Chikago "Commander of detectives" und über 20 Jahre Präsident der "New York City's Citizen Crime Commission" war.

Das Buch deckt den Zeitraum vom späten 19. Jahrhundert bis zu den Fünfziger Jahren des 20. Jahrhunderts ab. Die zweite Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts behandelt sein weiteres Buch "Bringing Down The Mob" (2006).

Vorab: Sein Amerikanisch stellt keine hohen Ansprüche, von dem einen oder anderen umgangssprachlichen Ausdruck einmal abgesehen. Erfreulich sein gelegentlich aufblitzender bissiger Humor.

Hilfreich das ausführlich Namens-, Orts- und Sachregister.

Er schildert die Karrieren zahlreicher Gangster und crime families, verliert sich bei aller Farbe aber nicht in Totschießgeschichten. Sein Anliegen ist es, systematisch die damalige heute kaum noch vorstellbare Vernetzung zwischen dem organisierten Verbrechen, Politik, Gerichten und Behörden aufzuzeigen und auch immer wieder konkret mit Beispielen zu belegen. So erwähnt er etwa, daß das FBI lange Jahre grundsätzlich nicht mit lokalen oder regionalen Behörden oder Gerichten zusammengearbeitet habe, da es diese als korrupt und zum Teil sogar von organisierter Kriminalität beherrscht angesehen habe. (Glaubhaft: Anders als in Deutschland sind in den USA lokale oder regionale Richter und Staatsanwälte oft Wahlbeamte mit entsprechendem Bedarf an Stimmen und Geld für ihre Kampagnen. Geld oder Stimmen en bloc gegen Duldung oder noch besser: Protektion.) Auch eher "honorige" Bürgermeister oder andre hohe Beamte mußten angesichts korrupter aber einflußreicher Parteifreunde immer wieder einmal "durch die Finger sehen".
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Needed more focus or more research 15. März 2004
Von Rocco Dormarunno - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I feel the same way about "American Mafia : A History of Its Rise to Power" as I did about Reppetto's other book "NYPD" (co-authored by James Lardner): while I found it interesting and well-written, I felt that it left too many gaps and that some of the areas covered were not covered enough. And like NYPD, the book seemed more like a collection of mob anecdotes than an investigation into the "History of Its Rise to Power". Reppetto is to be admired for trying to tackle such a long history, and to be fair, much of it is told in an engaging style. But it seems like too broad a subject, for any writer.
Perhaps if he had just focused on the early mob history, or the history of its real organizing in the 30s and 40s, or the history of its bold, brash decades of the 50s and 60s, he would have forced himself to be more focused and selective. Instead, the book feels watered down. On a positive note, as the other reviewers have mentioned, there is no glamorizing these criminals. They are often portrayed as the vicious and psychopathic parasites they were. The key role that Prohibition played is the strong point of this book, and Reppetto does a fantastic job on discussing that.
One last note, this book, like others, fails to emphasize one thing: the Italians did not invent organized crime. The New York neighborhood known as the Five Points was rife with gangs of Irish immigrants, and they, like the mob, worked hand-in-hand with the politicians and judges that were owned by the Democratic political machine known as Tammany Hall. Later, a generation of Jewish immigrants, with names like Zelig, Buchalter, and Rothstein would dominate the crime scene. Reppetto does an okay job of covering these issues, something other mob "historians" neglect. But the reasons WHY the Italian mob became so famous is sort of glossed over. Besides their extreme viciousness, there are two reasons that made the Italian crime world so famous that people think it was the only criminal organization: (1) it existed during an era of mass communication, like movies and radio, so their every atrocity was announced nationwide and it provided fascinating characters for movies; and (2) because it existed in a world of expanding personal communications (i.e., telephones) they could conduct their "business" more effectively and instantly, and keep things organized. Perhaps if Reppetto were to focus just on these elements of the Mafia, we would really have a true look at its rise to power.
Rocco Dormarunno, author of The Five Points
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Infamous Shady Characters Are All Here 8. Februar 2004
Von Bill Emblom - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Author Thomas Reppetto has provided us with an interesting history on the rise of the mafia in America, and the reasons for its demise from its once lofty perch. The man behind its beginnings was Johnny Torrio who transferred his operations from New York to Chicago in the early 1920's. The book concentrates mainly on the New York and Chicago areas, but does include Las Vegas and other areas as well. Certain thugs were removed from the scene due to various reasons such as Jim Colosimo who didn't adjust to the times (prohibition), Dion O'Bannion due to cheating on a business deal, Al Capone and Owney Madden due to bad publicity, Dutch Schultz due to reckless behavior, and others due to various mistakes such as maintaining a high profile. J. Edgar Hoover of the F.B.I. ignored any investigation of the mafia. Instead he concentrated on two bit hoodlums such as "Pretty Boy" Floyd, "Baby Face" Nelson, and John Dillinger who robbed banks during the 1930's. The first half of the 20th century saw the rise of the mafia while the second half of the century saw its fall. The Kefauver Committee began investigating organized crime in 1950 and the advent of television in urban areas brought interviews with mobsters such as Frank Costello to the forefront of the public. Although mobsters can find new fields in which to operate, today's organized crime is a shadow of what it once was. This book brings the names of the infamous back to life from the time of the beginnings of the 1920's through the removal of the New York mobsters in the 1980's. Even if you are familiar with the names of Luciano, Rothstein, Genovese, Giancana, and others you will find this a very interesting book to read. I would highly recommend it to you.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Maybe not a definitive history, but good series of tales 27. April 2008
Von Derrick Peterman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I enjoyed this book for the most part. Part of the strength of the book is also its weakness. Thomas Reppetto is a former detective, and brings in a law enforcement perspective to the history that a jounalist or historian probably couldn't achieve. The result is more insiders view of the various investigations into mob activity, and also the surprisingly strong relationship the American mafia had with local police departments and politicians. The downside is that the writing loses its focus for me at times, and I found it hard to keep track of the rather large cast of characters in the book from the way Reppetto tells his various storys.

Reppetto is a pretty engaging story teller, and the history is more a series of tales woven together over several decades. That may not qualify this book as a definitive history, but it is an enjoyable read.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen AMERICAN MAFIA 14. Juli 2014
Von Wayne R. Klatt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Thomas Reppetto gives us an account of things that organized crime did in New York, Atlantic City, Cleveland, and Chicago, but not what it was. The effect is the same as reading a number of newspaper clippings. The book is useful for reference but not particularly interesting, and you won't know anything more about inside the "Mafia" or the society that created it than you did before you opened the book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An under-rated but solid contribution to the history of the Mafia in America 21. Januar 2007
Von The Historian - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This book is a very good introduction to the history of the Mafia in America. The bibliography and notes are extensive and impressive and the reader can be assured that the author knows his subject extremely well. A large chunk of the book is devoted to New York City but there is pages devoted to New Orleans, the Mafia in Hollywood, Chicago, and Detroit etc. A lot of material is covered in this book and some areas are only briefly explored but there are plenty of other books out there for the readers to delve further into areas that interest them.

The early years of the Italian Gangs in New York around 1899-1920 is covered well if it is brief, the ruthless, violent activities of Morello and Lupo the wolf and their sinister stable are explored and how the Police tried to crack down on these gangs. Lupo ends up spending plenty of years in jail (poor Lupo!).

The early years of the rise to power of the Mob in Chicago and New York is explained well, we are introduced to criminals like Johnny Torrio, who brilliantly exploited prohibition and set up the Mob in Chicago. The genesis of the New York Mob is also explained although the book tends to jump around at times as it tries to link people and events. Readers need to be patient as the author has sound logic for these jumps and it makes sense in the finish.

The book also deals with the mob fighters and racket breakers such as the competent and honest Chicago detective William Shoemaker, of course Eliot Ness and a special mention to the fearless and very able Elmer Irey the Dept of Treasury Intelligence Chief.

The mobs golden years from the 1920's to the 1970's are unrolled before the reader as the Mob seems to defy any effort to weaken it or shut it down. The criminal careers of Luciano, Costello, Genovese, Anastasia, Adonis and co along with many lesser players all get a mention. This book is by no means an extensive account more a brief overview, but it is a good start for any true crime buff and provides plenty of information and sources for the reader to explore further.

For anybody who wishes to explore deeper l suggest the excellent book "The Mob, 200 years of Organized Crime in New York' by Virgil Petersen, it is very dry but of full information about the Five point Gangs, Tammany Hall, Boss Tweed and of course the Mafia.
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