Mob Nemesis: How the FBI Crippled Organized Crime

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Prometheus Books, May 1, 2002 - Political Science - 336 pages
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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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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 ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
10
A Few Words about Joe Griffin and His Book
23
The Early Years
43
Copyright

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Don DeNevi (Menlo Park, CA) is the author, or coauthor, of thirty-five books, including Into the Minds of Madmen (with John H. Campbell) and Mob Nemesis--How the FBI Crippled Organized Crime (with FBI Special Agent in Charge Joe Griffin, see page 52). Having previously taught in the criminal justice department at San Francisco State University, he is the supervisor of recreation at San Quentin State Prison.

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