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The Mafia Encyclopedia, Third Edition
  • Authored by: Carl Sifakis
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • ISBN-10: 0816056943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5694-1
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $85.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 06/01/2005
  • Dewey Number: 364.1
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 528

Summary

Praise for the previous editions:

"Recommended for all libraries."—Choice

"...full of fascinating details about the world of the Mafia...Recommended for all libraries."—Reference Book Review

"This easy-to-use source provides a great deal of provocative information on a subject that is at once both fascinating and abhorrent. Details about the real 'good fellas' will always have an audience, especially in public libraries..."—Booklist

"Sifakis relishes the Mafia's vivid folklore without subscribing to it...For all crime collections."—Library Journal

"Written by a veteran crime reporter, this is the most complete and up-to-date source available on this fascinating subject."—Librarian's Quarterly

Organized crime is the greatest criminal phenomenon of our time. From Al Capone, who boldly claimed his bootlegging activities were a public service, to John Gotti, the “Teflon don” who died in prison, these criminals have garnered headlines and captured the public imagination with their flamboyant lifestyles and colorful attitudes. Immortalized in books, movies, and popular television shows like The Godfather and The Sopranos, these gangsters, godfathers, hitmen, and dons have taken their place in criminal mythology, but the reality of their underworld endeavors is something entirely different.

In The Mafia Encyclopedia, Third Edition, Carl Sifakis once again provides a fascinating survey of the mob’s most influential perpetrators and personalities, including their hangouts and hideaways, their plays for power, their schemes and crimes, and their unique culture and jargon. More than 100 illustrations, nearly 500 entries, and a chronology bust the Mafia myths and provide an unflinching look at the brutal, sin-laden, and bizarre culture and characters of organized crime.

More than 50 new entries include:

  • Chinese Mafia
  • Construction rackets
  • Death penalty for godfathers
  • "FBI badfellas"
  • Peter Gotti
  • Hells Angels
  • "Lovefellas"
  • Joseph C. Massino
  • Prison gangs and the Mafia
  • Russian Mafia
  • Stock geniuses
  • Yakuza.

Specifications

Photographs. Index. Bibliography. Cross-references. Timeline.

About the Author(s)

Carl Sifakis is a freelance writer, former newspaper crime reporter, and longtime student of organized crime. His other books include Mobspeak: The Dictionary of Crime Terms, The Encyclopedia of American Prisons, America's Most Vicious Criminals, and Strange Crimes and Criminals, all for Facts On File/Checkmark Books. He lives in New York.

Reviews and Awards

"...detailed, informed, and colorful information. Recommended for all libraries..."
Library Journal

"...thought-provoking..."
Booklist

"...an informative and entertaining look at the world of organized crime...Enlightening and engaging, [The Mafia] Encyclopedia is a good resource for those uninitiated to the topic of the Mafia. This work is recommended for public libraries."
American Reference Books Annual

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