The Valachi Papers by Peter MaasThe First Inside Account of the Mafia
In the 1960s a disgruntled soldier in New Yorks Genovese Crime Family decided to spill his guts. His name was Joseph Valachi. Daring to break the Mobs code of silence for the first time, Valachi detailed the organization of organized crime from the capos, or bosses, of every Family, to the hit men who clipped rivals and turncoats. With a phenomenal memory for names, dates, addresses, phone numbers—and where the bodies were buried—Joe Valachi provided the chilling facts that led to the arrest and conviction of Americas major crime figures.
The rest is history.
Never again would the Mob be protected by secrecy. For the Mafia, Valachis name would become synonymous with betrayal. But his stunning exposé. broke the back of Americas Cosa Nostra and stands today as the classic about Americas Mob, a fascinating tale of power and terror, big money, crime ... and murder.
The Valachi Papers (aka The Canary That Sang)
In retrospect, it's a wonder that anyone got a chance to read the book, or that it is even around today. Certainly it has had an eventful life of its own - in fact, many. The book was to be based on a manuscript by Joseph Valachi, the first person to admit belonging to the national criminal conspiracy popularly called the Mafia until he provided its true name - Cosa Nostra, or ''Our Thing. By May , though, the project had achieved another distinction when it became the first book the United States Government had ever tried to suppress before publication. The reason was political pressure.
Publication is scheduled for January. The book's success is based largely on the publisher's claim that it is the life story of Lucky Luciano as dictated by the Mafia boss himself before his death in Gosch, this powerful inside chronicle is literally the last testament' of America's most notorious gangster. Gosch died in But an examination of the book, including research into papers and documents concerning Mr. Luciano and more than 20 interviews, has produced information that questions that claim.
The Valachi Papers by Peter Maas; 4 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Accessible book, Biography, Crime, Crime and criminals.
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The Valachi Papers
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