Killing the Mob: The Fight Against Organized Crime in America
KILLING THE MOB is the tenth book in Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling series of popular narrative histories, which has sold approximately 18 million copies worldwide and spent more than 320 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.
“Killing The Mob” is an amazing narrative that begins in the 1930s and chronicles the horrific history of organized crime in the United States over the twentieth century. A page-turning history replete with shocking revelations, it demonstrates the extent to which the mob has affected every facet of American politics, entertainment, culture, and labor.
The prologue takes place on March 3, 1934, at Indiana’s Lake County Jail, when prosecuting attorney and sheriff have a photograph taken with their arms around 30-year-old John Dillinger’s shoulders due to his renown in his current court case.
Chapter 21 covers FBI special agent Joseph D. Pistone’s 1982 testimony in Federal District Court in Manhattan as Donnie Brasco, the Mob’s greatest nightmare.
Pistone spent six years operating undercover to infiltrate the Bonanno criminal organization. He spoke fluent Italian, understood when to talk and when to be silent, and was capable of driving a huge truck.
The postscript contains fascinating information regarding the fates of some of the characters in this book, whether they are still living or have passed away. The writers made a point of presenting the facts but also mentioning alternative ideas where the information are insufficient to support one or the other position.
Due to the graphic depictions of violent violence, this book is not suitable for younger readers.