The Mafia began on a small island in the Mediterranean, Sicily. It grew to become a major political force in Italy, while its tentacles penetrated every aspect of life in the United States. Through drugs, it spread its influence to Britain, Canada and Australia. And through the gangster movies of Hollywood, including The Godfather and Goodfellas, it permeates popular culture.
The History of the Mafia is full of blood-chilling characters, from Al Capone, who ran Chicago during Prohibition, and hitmen Louis Lekpe and Alberto Anastasia who founded Murder, Inc, to Totò Riina, 'boss of bosses', John Gotti, 'the Teflon don', and Bernardo 'The Tractor' Provenzano, who hid out from the law in a farmhouse for 43 years...
These were extraordinary men who lived through extraordinary times. The History of the Mafia tells the story of their lives, their families, their codes, their crimes and their cold-blooded murders. A long and enthralling tale, drenched in blood and scored with betrayal.
While there is a lot of good information about the mafia it is presented in a very disjointed manner. It also does a very poor job of covering major mobsters. I understand that it is just an overview but why even spend the time to write it when you gloss over major events like they were inconsequential?
Interesting historical references to Mafia activities extending into three centuries. Informative to a fault covering hundreds of actual circumstances and individuals previously unknown to the curious reader. Electrifying descriptions of the consequences suffered by breaking the rules and being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
An absolutely terrible telling of mafia history. Disjointed and steeped in unnecessary detail.