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Havana Nocturne

1) Havana Nocturne

REVIEW: I really liked this book! The author (T.J. English) did a great job researching what happened in Cuba in the true story, “Havana Nocturne.” He researched a lot of histories and with more than 330 end notes, more than 25 insider interviews, and about 11 pages listing the books, articles, documentaries, transcripts, reports, television programs, and FBI files about the mafia famiiles that T.J. relied on for the info, the book certainly is good.

This book is certainly a great read. There are a lot of characters involved but the English never loses the reader. I highly recommend this mafia book!

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Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba.and Then Lost It to the Revolution

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2) Gomorrah

REVIEW: This book is an engrossing read on the real underworld of this mafia family operating in and out of Italy today. Real life crime fighters and mob aficionados across the world would love it without a doubt, not to mention anyone with Italian roots. Very well written and extraordinarily informative, it connects with the reader in a great story of the never ending world wide implications of mafia families originating in and out of Naples. Very graphic and a bit disturbing, it relates facts only “insiders” have access to. One fascinating thing is the big women role in the leading of mafia family clans. “The Godmother”, if you will.

Proof of the quality of this book is the released film based on it.

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Gomorrah: A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples’ Organized Crime System

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Blood Covenant

3) Blood Covenant

REVIEW: If you like the “Sopranos” or anything Mafia-related, then this book is definitely for you. Michael Franzese was a REAL mobster. And then one day he just walked away from all that. I always thought this wasn’t even possible! This guy is the real deal, and he has the crime record to prove it.

Tried 3 times by Guliani, millions of dollars ripped off from the gov, and he just walks away!!! Want to know why? Then just buy this book!

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Blood Covenant: The Michael Franzese Story

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Family Secrets

4) Family Secrets

REVIEW: This fascinating and a bit scary read is definitely a must for anyone interested in the Chicago Outfit / Chicago Mafia. The author (Jeff Coen) seamlessly tells a story that takes you through decades of crime and its consequences. It casts creepy and violent mob characters with names like “The Clown”.

The book solves a puzzle of crimes and events that took place decades ago, and just ended in a courtroom testimony that brought the depth of brutality and treachery of this mafia family to light.

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Family Secrets: The Case That Crippled the Chicago Mob

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The Ignorance of Blood

5) The Ignorance of Blood

REVIEW: This is the final volume of a fiction tetralogy that has russian ex soldiers dealing drug, bombs, blackmail, hookers, underhanded politics, terrorists blowing up seville and a Morroco connection, while Inspector Falcon feels like he is losing his mind. But he must settle a turf war, find the bad guys and help his friend.

Great mafia book for a summer read!

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The Ignorance of Blood

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The Godfather

6) The Godfather

REVIEW: The classic of all classics, if you haven’t read this mafia book then you can’t call yourself a Mob fan!
The Godfather is not just a novel; it’s an experience, after which you will never be the same again. This book is by far the best mafia book ever written. It’s definitely a lot better than “The godfather” movie and that’s a lot!

This book makes you an offer you can’t refuse! A MASTER PIECE.

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The Godfather

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The Mafia Encyclopedia

7) The Mafia Encyclopedia

REVIEW: As a mafia families fan I bought this book to use it as a reference to have when I’m reading other mafia books. However I have found there’s a lot more to this book than just dry facts and I recommend it to anybody with an interest, at what ever level, in the subject of mafia families. It also haves a lot of hard to find, eye-grabbing photos and more than 400 pages of mafia information. Sifakis’ information is accurate -though not dull-, and ideal for a crash-course on the mafia history.

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The Mafia Encyclopedia

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Five Families

8) Five Families

REVIEW: This is a superb mafia book with detailed journalism and great storytelling on the American Mafia and New York Mafia with new insights on its origins and how the Five Families came to the US. The author (Selwyn Raab), relying a lot on FBI and court transcripts, avoiding “glamorization” exposes the Mafia as a serious threat to average, honest citizens. I really enjoyed reading this mafia book of the five New York Mafia families. It is very well written and fact-filled.

Kudos to Mr. Raab for this well-researched, highly readable, definitive guidebook to the mafia families.

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Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America’s Most Powerful Mafia Empires

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Mafia Son

9) Mafia Son

REVIEW: The meaning of “Family” is definitely a little blurred for the Scarpa boys… Greg Scarpa, and his son, Greg were two of the more revolting members of the Colombo New York Mafia family. The book captures their stories, the weird relationship between Greg and his father, and their tale of life in the mafia. The book is well written in an easy-to-read way, I read it cover to cover in 2 or 3 sittings.

This is an engaging, quick read by Sandra Harmon who did her best to remain true to the facts in my opinion.

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Mafia Son: The Scarpa Mob Family, the FBI, and a Story of Betrayal

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6 Comments so far ↓

  • New Book - NYC Gangland

    If you liked these books, you’ll really enjoy the new release from crime archivist Arthur Nash titled:


    “Five Families” author Selwyn Raab calls it “The Eye Catching Crown Jewel Of Mafia History” and it contributes nearly 200 exclusive, previously unpublished photographs to the discussion of Organized Crime in the five boroughs — plus many from the personal photo albums of crime figures ranging from Al Capone to Crazy Joe Gallo!!!

  • deana shulman

    i am looking for a book written years ago, called the black hand, a book written about the early mafia

  • Mafia Family

    Deana I found the book that you’re looking for: The Black Hand: The Bloody Rise and Redemption of

  • John Jr.

    Deana…maybe you are looking for “The Black Hand…Terror by Letter in Chicago” by R.Lombardo, it deals with the Black Hand organization in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s!
    Try Amazon for a copy, about 20 bucks!

  • henry

    the best mob book ever is wiseguy by nicholas pileggi

  • Marty

    Is there a novel of the HBO series The Sopranos? Not a guide, I’m looking for an actual novel of it and haven’t had any luck.

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