Sinatra Files: The Secret FBI Dossier by Tom Kuntz,
Phil Kuntz -- When Frank Sinatra died in 1998 his life came
to light posthumously: a 1,275-page dossier recording decades
of FBI surveillance stemming from J. Edgar Hoover's belief
that Sinatra had mob or Communist
ties. The FBI's cooperation with journalists looking for
dirt on Sinatra, including one punched out by the singer.
The detailed report alleging he rampaged a Las Vegas hotel
after he and his wife Mia Farrow lost small fortunes gambling.
and Dead Ends: The American Gangster/Crime Film by Jack
Shadoian -- The 2nd edition of this classic study
provides a reintroduction to major films and film noir and
gangster films in 20th-century America.
18, 1905, in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily,
Joseph Bonanno, 3, came to America with his family in 1908,
but his family returned to live in Castellammare de Golfo where
he became a Mafiosi antifascist, fighting Benito
Amilcare Andrea Mussolini 's attempts to rule Sicily.
was Joe Banana
took control of Salvatore
Maranzano's territory after his death and became a member of
Bonanno, Tucsonan, boss in Mafia, dies
Bonanno wrote a book based on the life of his father, a former
crime boss. "Bonanno: A Godfather's Story" details the life of the
former crime boss as a young man in Sicily, a don in New York and
then a retiree in Arizona.
Marriage by Rosalie Bananno, Beverly Donofrio
Their Marriage United Two Mafia Dynasties -- Rosalie Profaci was
a Mafia princess. Salvatore "Bill" Bonanno, oldest son of Mafia
Don Joe Bonanno, the model for The Godfather, was organized crime's
crown prince. Bill involved in his father's "business" thought
the convent-raised, devout Rosalie knew what it meant to be a
"Mafia wife." But Rosalie, protected by her father, had no idea..
Rosalie Bonanno's life inside the world of the Mafia. Naming names
and shocking details, she writes about spending sprees, absences
of her husband, the other women, in his running from the law,
abductions, and shootings. Rosalie reveals a prisoner to love...and
discovering the truth and trying to break free.
two sons, Salvatore and Joseph Jr., have been involved in trouble
with the law. Joseph
Jr. pleaded guilty to making a false statement to a federal drug
agent during a cocaine conspiracy investigation. Both
were charged in a home improvement scam. Salvatore was convicted
and Joe Jr. pleaded no contest in a plea bargain.
Pizza Connection -- On July 12, 1979, Carmine Galanta,
boss of the Bonanno crime family, was ambushed and killed in a
Brooklyn Restaurant. Federal officers investigating the hit soon
found a link to a previously unknown, billion-dollar drug pipeline.
The case soon expanded to the Italian Government and Federal agents
across America. Trace the network of crime that converted tons
of Sicilian-made heroin to billions of dollars in cash using small
businesses throughout America, from New York pizzerias to Midwest
strip mall stores. FBI and DEA agents tell how they uncovered
the powerful figure behind the vast network Gaetano Badalamenti,
a Mafia outlaw trying to stay alive and build an empire. Attorneys
recall the trial.
Valachi Papers by Peter Maas -- The First Inside Account
of the Mafia -- In the 1960s, Joseph Valachia, disgruntled soldier
in New York's Genovese Crime Family decided to break the Mob's
code of silence, Valachi detailed the organization from the bosses,
of every Family, to the hit men who "clipped" rivals and turncoats.
Valachi provided facts that broke the back of America's Cosa Nostra.
Peter Maas's is the author of Underboss. His other bestsellers
Serpico, Manhunt, and In a Child's Name.
Destiny: Mafia, Antimafia, and the Struggle for Palermo
by Peter T. Schneider, Jane C. Schneider --
Traces the history of the Sicilian mafia to its 19th-century roots
and late-20th-century involvement in urban real estate and construction
as well as drugs. Based on research in the capital of Palermo regarding
secretive organized crime: its capacity to reproduce a subculture
of violence through time, its acquisition of a dense connective
web of political and financial protectors during the Cold War era,
and that repressing it risks harming vulnerable people and communities.
Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld
Herbert Asbury An
informal history of the underworld," first published in 1928.
Goodfella's Guide to New York: Your Personal Tour Through the Mob's
Notorious Haunts, Hair-Raising Crime Scenes, and Infamous Hot Spots
by Henry Hill, Bryon Schreckengost