Mob Nemesis: How the FBI Crippled Organized Crime
While J. Edgar Hoover was denying that there was such a thing as organized crime, in the forties, fifties, and sixties the mob was busy forming powerful syndicates in most of our large industrial cities. This book tells the fascinating, first-hand story of how FBI Special Agent Joe Griffin, with the help of a team of courageous professionals, succeeded through dogged determination and uncanny street smarts, in convicting major La Cosa Nostra leaders in Buffalo, Cleveland, Rochester, and Youngstown.
Forget Hollywood's version of the mafia; this is the real inside story. All the more fascinating because it's true, Mob Nemesis is an engrossing story of the underworld from a man who took them on and won.
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Mob nemesis: how the FBI crippled organized crimeUser Review - Book Verdict
When Griffin joined the FBI in 1957, La Cosa Nostra hadn't even been officially acknowledged, but the Mob families had a stranglehold on many American port cities. Soon after, though, the reality of La Cosa Nostra couldn't be denied. J. Edgar Hoover declared war on the Mob, and FBI Special Agent Griffin, who later won the FBI Medal of Valor, found his calling. After providing a very brief history of the Mafia in America, Griffin (with research help from DeNevi) details his experiences in fighting the Mob in Cleveland, Youngstown, Rochester, and Buffalo, describing the surveillance, the stings, the frustrations, and triumphs. He also discusses some internal problems, including feuds between law enforcement groups and the discovery of a Mob mole in their Cleveland office. The prose, written by a man who filed reports for a living, isn't stylish, and the not-quite-chronological order of the anecdotes and the vast number of names can be confusing. But Griffin comes off as a hard-working guy with a job to do, one that made the country a lot safer for the rest of us. For all true crime collections. Deirdre Root, Middletown P.L., OH ...
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Another me book! But I believe I would have followed Joe through the front door to effect an arrest. Definitely an agents agent!
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