Mafia Summit

Mafia Summit

J. Edgar Hoover, the Kennedy Brothers, and the Meeting That Unmasked the Mob

Book - 2013 | 1st ed.
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Mafia Summit is the true story of how a small-town lawman in upstate New York busted a Cosa Nostra conference in 1957, exposing the Mafia to America

In a small village in upstate New York, mob bosses from all over the country--Vito Genovese, Carlo Gambino, Joe Bonanno, Joe Profaci, Cuba boss Santo Trafficante, and future Gambino boss Paul Castellano--were nabbed by Sergeant Edgar D. Croswell as they gathered to sort out a bloody war of succession.

For years, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover had adamantly denied the existence of the Mafia, but young Robert Kennedy immediately recognized the shattering importance of the Appalachin summit. As attorney general when his brother JFK became president, Bobby embarked on a campaign to break the spine of the mob, engaging in a furious turf battle with the powerful Hoover.

Detailing mob killings, the early days of the heroin trade, and the crusade to loosen the hold of organized crime, fans of Gus Russo and Luc Sante will find themselves captured by this momentous story. Reavill scintillatingly recounts the beginning of the end for the Mafia in America and how it began with a good man in the right place at the right time.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312657758
Branch Call Number: 364.106 REAVILL
Characteristics: 303 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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It was a local cop who blew the whistle on this: j. edgar hoover looked the other way on this issue, he preferred to hunt communists, and to go to the Delmar racetrack, where he got tips on the races (from his Mafiosi captain friends).// Although Hoover admitted there was such a thing as organized crime, he refused to admit they were connected, all across this vast land of ours. This book is about when the secret was blown, it was out, and later became well-known, due to tv shows such as THE UNTOUCHABLES, and the testimony before Congress of one Joseph Valachi. There were hearings, oh there were hearings; on one of those committees were the brothers Kennedy: John and Robert. The gangsters tended to take their lawyers' advice to use the 5th Amendment as the answers to the questions posed to them by members of the committee. It was in this context that Jimmy Hoffa, head of the Teamsters Union, and Robert Francis Kennedy, first met. They were similar in one respect: they both were diminutive, and pugnacious.// The book details the inside story of when the big national meeting of gangster chieftains was busted by the cops. It makes fascinating reading. The style of the author is easily read: he is a good prose writer. I disagree with his passing conclusion as to the identity of the shooter of Robert Kennedy. But read Shane O'Sullivan, for a more accurate answer to that question, still up in the air, since 1968.


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