by James Fentress

:  Bloomsbury

Pub Date:  Spring 2006

Format:  Hardcover

Brief Description
The first serious history of the mafia's origins in America, beginning in the late 1800s.  Written by Oxford scholar James Fentress, author of the acclaimed Rebels and Mafiosi.
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          There is an aura of romance that hangs about the gangster saga of the first half of the 20th century— a period made famous by movies such as The Untouchables and The Godfather, but which pines for a definitive book treatment. Eminent Gangsters will be the first definitive book to tell this story— and with it, the story of the origins of the mafia in America. Beginning with the murder of a New Orleans police chief in the 1880s and ending with the Las Vegas takeovers of the 1950s, Eminent Gangsters will be the first book to straighten out the story. Heavily anecdotal, comprising a lively set of characters - including Al Capone and Lucky Luciano — Eminent Gangsters will appeal to critics and readers alike.
          What will make Eminent Gangsters stand out on the crowded mafia bookshelf is the eminence and authority of its author. James Fentress is author of the critically-acclaimed REBELS AND MAFIOSI: THE ORIGINS OF THE MAFIA IN SICILY (Cornell University Press, 2000), which received a full page review in the New York Times. An American living in Rome for the last 20 years, Mr. Fentress received his B.A. from Princeton and his Ph.D. from Oxford, and has published widely on the history of the mafia.

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