If this book had been around 5 years ago, when I first started reading about organised crime, I could have avoided many titles that used fabricated, exaggerated and/or simply recycled information. As it is, I have read dozens of historic accounts concerning the Italian-American crime groups (Mafia, La Cosa Nostra) and Reppetto's book still informed me of facts and events I had not yet read. Its well written without becoming too scholarly and stuffy but, at the same time, it does not sacrifice truth in aid of a better story. A real pleasure to read! If your just starting to read about the mob then this is a God send! It will provide an invaluable all-round knowledge on the subject and leave you with an understanding what I had to read many books before attaining. If your someone who has read several mob books then this is still a great book to read. It probably will have events that you did not know of and, if not, its a great collection of all the most important happenings. Wall to wall major events within the world of LCN. I'd reccomend it to anyone with an interest in Italian-American organised crime and cannot emphasize enough how much I enjoyed it. A 'must own' for any Mafia fan.
if you are expecting an exciting blood battle between mafia families in america , as i was, than don't buy this. i found it very slow and boring.not like me, i actually only read half of it.normally one to read to the end i couldnt bear any more of this....you have been warned