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  • The Hidden History of How the Mafia Captured New York
  • By: C. Alexander Hortis
  • Narrated by: LJ Ganser
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (151 ratings)

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The Mob and the City

By: C. Alexander Hortis
Narrated by: LJ Ganser
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Summary

Forget what you think you know about the Mafia. After listening to this book, even life-long mob aficionados will have a new perspective on organized crime.

Informative, authoritative, and eye-opening, this is the first full-length book devoted exclusively to uncovering the hidden history of how the Mafia came to dominate organized crime in New York City during the 1930s through 1950s. Based on exhaustive research of archives and secret files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, author and attorney C. Alexander Hortis draws on the deepest collection of primary sources, many newly discovered, of any history of the modern mob.

Shattering myths, Hortis reveals how Cosa Nostra actually obtained power at the inception. The author goes beyond conventional who-shot-who mob stories, providing answers to fresh questions such as:

  • Why did the Sicilian gangs come out on top of the criminal underworld?
  • Can economics explain how the Mafia families operated?
  • What was the Mafia's real role in the drug trade?
  • Why was Cosa Nostra involved in gay bars in New York since the 1930s?

Drawing on an unprecedented array of primary sources, The Mob and the City is the most thorough and authentic history of the Mafia's rise to power in the early-to-mid 20th century.

©2014 C. Alexander Hortis (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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A well narrated view on the American Mafia

I have read many books on this subject and although not too much new content I thought the book was both interesting and well narrated. If you are new to this subject I would recommend it and even if you have an insight please try it, you will not be disappointed.

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(Superficial) Information Overload!

Sorry, struggled with this and have given up part way through (which is unusual for myself, but not unprecedented).

The problem is that it consists of a huge amount of 'bite size' information, there is no depth. I appreciate that the author wants to cover a lot of ground but I think it would have been better to look at certain mafia 'clans' in much greater detail and then we, the listener, would have a better 'stake' in the book. As it stands the relationship between reader and subjects within the book is rather fleeting and transient.

Perhaps it gets better; I acknowledge the risk of writing a review when I have stopped listening part way through.

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Enjoyable

the book has lots of detail, it is very well researched. an enjoyable listen.

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A really good listen

I enjoyed the story it was well told and well worth a listen…a good insight to the age of the mob 👍

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very informative and narrated well.

As stated above, this book is very very informative and due to being narrated in a good manour is a very easy listen indeed.
It is not a story nor is it blood and guts. It is so much more than that as from what I have been able to research it's pretty much the true and honest history of the La Cosa Nostra.

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Of Course An American Would Be The Narrator!!

I would say I enjoyed this audiobook.I found out lovely little details that I haven't found anywhere else and the attention to detail about the wiseguys life in New York was amazing.
I have noticed that most narrators doing audiobooks are American,I prefer British narrators, but for this audiobook the narrator was excellent.
You want to find out stuff about the Mob that you never knew before THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU.

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Interesting listen.

Fascinating stuff. How interesting. How gangsters ruled the roost, and maybe still do. Thought provoking.

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A fantastic

Very informative, listened all the way through. Great research. Voice is good and the story is good. I'm sad it finished! Wish there is a new book talking about the modern mafia!

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informative

much better than I expected.
potted histories are often lightweight, but this was pretty engaging.

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Interesting listen with fitting Narrator

The only thing that put me off, was how segmented the entire thing is. Nearly every 5 minutes or so, there is a new headline, leading into new info.
After a short while, it didn't matter and the book was still good.

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  • Jeffery D. Giuliani
  • 24-09-20

Hard one to rate....

This is a hard one to rate. I have read / listened to closer to 100 mafia genre books then to 1. So for me, this book was a 3. There was zero new information in the book. But I still enjoyed listening to it. Now, if you have never listened to a mafia genre book before, or you have only listened to maybe 6 or 8, then this is probably a 5 star book. It is a great overview. It doesn't get too deep into any one person. So you can get a overview,then go out and find more books on the topic you want. There are way more printed books in this genre then audio, so if you want the best ones, you have to actually read them.

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  • NEWFYGIRL
  • 03-09-21

WHAT A GREAT LISTEN!!!

Very informative with respect to how the mob began, and how it evolved over time. I will definitely listen to this one again! Thanks, Audible!!!

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  • Eric Kimball
  • 30-05-16

Interesting look at the early mob

Any additional comments?

The book focus on the formation of the early Italian mob and set out to debunk a few myths about the mob in general. It is in no way a comprehensive view of the mafia but looks the mobs early years and how it evolved and changed. Worth while book if you are looking for a fresh perspective on the inner gears of the mob.

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  • jeffrey
  • 16-06-15

slooooowwww

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

someone with insomnia....

What was most disappointing about C. Alexander Hortis’s story?

it's just way too slow and way to hard to follow...

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I don't blame hte narrator...

What character would you cut from The Mob and the City?

there are no "characters" in a history book. Jeez Audible...who comes up with these questions?

Any additional comments?

none

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  • Martha
  • 26-06-22

Felt like two halves of separate books.

The first part of this book is a more comprehensive overview of how the mafia controlled and influenced many aspects of the New York economy and everyday life (They refer to it as Gotham the entire time, which I wouldn't mind if they had clarified that it was an earlier nickname for New York city, and not, y'know, Batman's city). This part was good stuff. It managed to explain how the mob could infiltrate so many things using unsteady infrastructure and political corruption without feeling overly complicated or boring.

The problem is, the second half of the book feels like a completely different book. It's a grand finale of a story you weren't listening to. To be fair, the second part sound like it would be perfectly fine narrative payoff if it had been preceded by a narrative.

I guess I'm just disappointed with the book because it's less than the sum of it's parts. Both halves sound interesting, but I can't enjoy the narrative conclusion when I haven't been listening to the story, and the more big picture exploration of mob systems and power feels incomplete because the book just abandons it to revel in individual mafiosos that you don't care about being arrested.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-22

Glad it was a freebie

Thought I was getting a history of the early days of the Mafia in NYC, especially since it started out with some interesting stuff explaining why the city was such an ideal and lucrative environment for the up-and-coming gangster class. But that narrative soon gave way to whole lot of anecdotes and thumbnail bios of pretty familiar characters. Most of the ‘hidden history’ referred to on the book jacket remains just that - hidden.

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  • DonnaMarie113
  • 27-06-22

Enjoyed It

I particularly liked the comparisons (and explanations) of what they got right in movie depictions of Mafia characters, and what is myth.

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  • Brian
  • 08-06-22

Insight into the MOB

tells how the MOB influence bootleg, drug traffic, developing organized labor for thier benefit, buying officials.

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  • Karen
  • 27-01-22

Great Story

I loved this story I love to read anything about the mafia. I really enjoyed this book very
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  • Tim Schnese
  • 24-11-21

Well written and very informative

This book tells the story of how NYC was captured by the Mafia and also details some of founders of this organization operated and established the organization.