The Mob and the City

The Hidden History of How the Mafia Captured New York
Narrated by: LJ Ganser
Length: 9 hrs
4.2 out of 5 stars (142 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Forget what you think you know about the Mafia. After listening to this book, even life-long mob aficionados will have a new perspective on organized crime.

Informative, authoritative, and eye-opening, this is the first full-length book devoted exclusively to uncovering the hidden history of how the Mafia came to dominate organized crime in New York City during the 1930s through 1950s. Based on exhaustive research of archives and secret files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, author and attorney C. Alexander Hortis draws on the deepest collection of primary sources, many newly discovered, of any history of the modern mob.

Shattering myths, Hortis reveals how Cosa Nostra actually obtained power at the inception. The author goes beyond conventional who-shot-who mob stories, providing answers to fresh questions such as:

  • Why did the Sicilian gangs come out on top of the criminal underworld?
  • Can economics explain how the Mafia families operated?
  • What was the Mafia's real role in the drug trade?
  • Why was Cosa Nostra involved in gay bars in New York since the 1930s?

Drawing on an unprecedented array of primary sources, The Mob and the City is the most thorough and authentic history of the Mafia's rise to power in the early-to-mid 20th century.

©2014 C. Alexander Hortis (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Hard one to rate....

This is a hard one to rate. I have read / listened to closer to 100 mafia genre books then to 1. So for me, this book was a 3. There was zero new information in the book. But I still enjoyed listening to it. Now, if you have never listened to a mafia genre book before, or you have only listened to maybe 6 or 8, then this is probably a 5 star book. It is a great overview. It doesn't get too deep into any one person. So you can get a overview,then go out and find more books on the topic you want. There are way more printed books in this genre then audio, so if you want the best ones, you have to actually read them.

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Great Book

What made the experience of listening to The Mob and the City the most enjoyable?

The history, interesting and little known facts was refreshingly good. The narration was also a treasure.

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Interesting look at the early mob

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The book focus on the formation of the early Italian mob and set out to debunk a few myths about the mob in general. It is in no way a comprehensive view of the mafia but looks the mobs early years and how it evolved and changed. Worth while book if you are looking for a fresh perspective on the inner gears of the mob.

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Interesting but redundant

Interesting but redundant. Needs editing. The story is meandering and incoherent. How many times do they think they need to repeat "Joe Bonono's autobiography, Man of Honor," before we get it? Oy.

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slooooowwww

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

someone with insomnia....

What was most disappointing about C. Alexander Hortis’s story?

it's just way too slow and way to hard to follow...

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I don't blame hte narrator...

What character would you cut from The Mob and the City?

there are no "characters" in a history book. Jeez Audible...who comes up with these questions?

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  • 03-20-15

A well narrated view on the American Mafia

I have read many books on this subject and although not too much new content I thought the book was both interesting and well narrated. If you are new to this subject I would recommend it and even if you have an insight please try it, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Usman.N
  • 02-15-18

A fantastic

Very informative, listened all the way through. Great research. Voice is good and the story is good. I'm sad it finished! Wish there is a new book talking about the modern mafia!