This book provides a wonderful birds-eye view into the early Cosa Nostra. Well- written and well-researched by the author, he skillfully organizes the thoughts of Joe Valachi, a racketeer and soldier in the Cosa Nostra from way back when. Valachi's reminiscences of the mob of the nineteen twenties through the nineteen sixties come alive for the reader in the expert hands of the author, an award winning investigative journalist. It is a cohesive, interesting, and painstakingly detailed account of life in the Cosa Nostra.
This was one of the first such insider accounts of the Cosa Nostra, and it almost never got written, as the federal government sought to bar the author from writing and publishing such a book. The author, however, took on the federal government on that issue and filed a lawsuit. Ultimately, he emerged victorious, and the book, one of the first of its kind, became a bestseller and a motion picture that was a box office hit.
For those who enjoy reading about true crime and the Mafia, it doesn't get much better than this.