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The Best Books About The Mafia And Organized Crime

November 29, 2017

“What are the best books about The Mafia & Organized Crime?” We looked at 207 of the top books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

Learn more about the Mafia and Organized Crime with our list of the best nonfiction & fiction books on the subject. Below you can find the top 25 books, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Mafia” book lists, ranked by how many times they appear. The remaining 150+ books, as well as the lists we used, are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top Organized Crime Books



25 .) All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Lake Forest High School

In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city’s most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.’s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she’s to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight–at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.

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24 .) Black Mass by Dick Lehr and Gerard K. O’Neill

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Polka Cafe

James “Whitey” Bulger became one of the most ruthless gangsters in US history, and all because of an unholy deal he made with a childhood friend. John Connolly a rising star in the Boston FBI office, offered Bulger protection in return for helping the Feds eliminate Boston’s Italian mafia. But no one offered Boston protection from Whitey Bulger, who, in a blizzard of gangland killings, took over the city’s drug trade. Whitey’s deal with Connolly’s FBI spiraled out of control to become the biggest informant scandal in FBI history.

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23 .) Casino by Nicholas Pileggi

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Ranker

No one knew more about casinos than Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal, the gambling mastermind who, along with his best friend and partner, Anthony Spilotro, virtually ran Las Vegas for the mob. For years, it was the perfect arrangement—Lefty provided the smarts, while Tony kept the bosses happy with their weekly suitcases filled with millions in skimmed cash. It should have lasted forever, but Lefty’s obsession with running the town—and Tony’s obsession with Lefty’s beautiful showgirl wife, Geri—eventually led to the betrayals and investigations that exploded into one of the greatest debacles in mob history.

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22 .) Cocaine Kingpins by Sybil Jensen

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads

The late 1970’s and early 80’s saw the rise of the ‘Cocaine Kingpin’. Many criminal figures sought their worldly riches through the distribution of Cocaine. While many were successful, others found death and misery. This book covers a handful of the most notorious bosses of the Cocaine underworld all the way up until the early 2,000’s. Their meteoric and methodical ascensions to the top of the world and ultimate incarcerations and assassinations, are all covered inside!

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21 .) Cosa Nostra: A History of the Sicilian Mafia by John Dickie

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2

Hailed in Italy as the best book ever written about the mafia in any language, Cosa Nostra is a fascinating, violent, and darkly comic account that reads like fiction and takes us deep into the inner sanctum of this secret society where few have dared to tread.In this gripping history of the Sicilian mafia, John Dickie uses startling new research to reveal the inner workings of this secret society with a murderous record. He explains how the mafia began, how it responds to threats and challenges, and introduces us to the real-life characters that inspired the American imagination for generations, making the mafia an international, larger than life cultural phenomenon. Dickie’s dazzling cast of characters includes Antonio Giammona, the first “boss of bosses”; New York cop Joe Petrosino, who underestimated the Sicilian mafia and paid for it with his life; and Bernard “the Tractor” Provenzano, the current boss of bosses who has been hiding in Sicily since 1963.

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20 .) Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life by Robert Lacey

Lists It Appears On:

  • T.J. English
  • Goodreads

The story of Meyer Lansky and the criminal empire he supervised exposes the harsh reality of life in the underworld and demonstrates how Lansky’s desire to achieve mythic status as an outlaw ultimately destroyed him

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19 .) Mafia Brotherhoods by John Dickie

Lists It Appears On:

  • The Guardian
  • Questia

“The Sicilian mafia, known as Cosa Nostra, is far from being Italy’s only dangerous criminal fraternity. The country hosts two other major mafias: the camorra from Naples; and, from the poor and isolated region of Calabria, the mysterious ‘ndrangheta, which has now risen to become the most powerful mob group active today.

Since they emerged, the mafias have all corrupted Italy’s institutions, drastically curtailed the life-chances of its citizens, evaded justice, and set up their own self-interested meddling as an alternative to the courts. Yet each of these brotherhoods has its own methods, its own dark rituals, its own style of ferocity. Each is uniquely adapted to corrupt and exploit its own specific environment, as it collaborates with, learns from, and goes to war with the other mafias.

Today, the shadow of organized crime hangs over a country racked by debt, political paralysis, and widespread corruption. The ‘ndrangheta controls much of Europe’s wholesale cocaine trade and, by some estimates, 3 percent of Italy’s total GDP. Blood Brotherhoods traces the origins of this national malaise back to Italy’s roots as a united country in the nineteenth century, and shows how political violence incubated underworld sects among the lemon groves of Palermo, the fetid slums of Naples, and the harsh mountain villages of Calabria.”

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18 .) Midnight in Sicily by Peter Robb

Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • The Guardian

South of mainland Italy lies the island of Sicily, home to an ancient culture that–with its stark landscapes, glorious coastlines, and extraordinary treasure troves of art and archeology–has seduced travelers for centuries. But at the heart of the island’s rare beauty is a network of violence and corruption that reaches into every corner of Sicilian life: Cosa Nostra, the Mafia. Peter Robb lived in southern Italy for over fourteen years and recounts its sensuous pleasures, its literature, politics, art, and crimes.

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17 .) Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish American Gangster by T.J. English

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2

Here is the shocking true saga of the Irish American mob. In Paddy Whacked, bestselling author and organized crime expert T. J. English brings to life nearly two centuries of Irish American gangsterism, which spawned such unforgettable characters as Mike “King Mike” McDonald, Chicago’s subterranean godfather; Big Bill Dwyer, New York’s most notorious rumrunner during Prohibition; Mickey Featherstone, troubled Vietnam vet turned Westies gang leader; and James “Whitey” Bulger, the ruthless and untouchable Southie legend. Stretching from the earliest New York and New Orleans street wars through decades of bootlegging scams, union strikes, gang wars, and FBI investigations, Paddy Whacked is a riveting tour de force that restores the Irish American gangster to his rightful preeminent place in our criminal history — and penetrates to the heart of the American experience.

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16 .) Raze (Scarred Souls, #1) by Tillie Cole

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Goodreads

“One man stripped of his freedom, his morals… his life. Conditioned in captivity to maim, to kill and to slaughter, prisoner 818 becomes an unrivaled and unstoppable fighter in the ring. Violence is all he knows. After years of incarceration in an underground hell, only one thought occupies his mind: revenge… bloody, slow and violent revenge. Revenge on the man who wronged him.

Kisa Volkova is the only daughter of Kirill ‘The Silencer’ Volkov, head of the infamous ‘Red’ bosses of New York’s Russian Bratva. Her life is protected. In reality, it’s a virtual prison. Her father’s savage treatment of his rivals and his lucrative and coveted underground gambling ring-The Dungeon-ensures too many enemies lurk at their door. She dreams to be set free. Kisa has known only cruelty and loss in her short life. While working for her church-the only reprieve in her constant surveillance-Kisa stumbles across a tattooed, scarred, but stunningly beautiful homeless man on the streets. Something about him stirs feelings deep within her; familiar yet impossibly forbidden desires. He doesn’t talk. Doesn’t communicate with anyone. He’s a man beyond saving. But Kisa becomes obsessed with him. Yearns for him. Craves his touch. Needs to possess this mysterious man… … this man they call Raze.”

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15 .) Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Lists It Appears On:

  • Mystery Tribune
  • Polka Cafe

“””It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured.””

So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear.

Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay’s hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

As a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city’s poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The search leads him to war, prison torture, murder, and a series of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. The keys to unlock the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two people. The first is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin in the underworld of the Golden City. The second is Karla: elusive, dangerous, and beautiful, whose passions are driven by secrets that torment her and yet give her a terrible power.”

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14 .) Takedown: The Fall of the Last Mafia Empire by Douglas Century

Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • National Crime Syndicate

A NYPD detective describes his work as an undercover cop, in which role he infltrated a lethal mob cartel to uncover evidence of a conspiracy among the various mob families to extort billions of dollars from the nation’s most influential corporations.

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13 .) The Girl With Caterpillar Eyebrows by Lisa Ditchkoff

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads

Lisa Ditchkoff explains her life in hiding for 27 years, enduring physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, as well as her ties to the Irish Boston Mafia in “Southie.” She grew up in fear of her father, an alleged “mobster” and legendary Boston Garden record-holding fastest knockout boxer. Memories of Lisa’s father were shadowy ones, but she remembered him as generous in his love toward her. Her only memory was of her father saying, “You’re so beautiful,” just before her mother escaped during the middle of the night in a telephone truck during Boston’s record snowfall in 1978. Lisa also remembers hearing the name, “Whitey Bulger,” and the delivery of black roses to her doorstep. Forced to be a survivor in this world, and regardless of extraordinary obstacles, she refused to be the victim. In addition to searching for love and becoming a mother at a very young age, she slipped through the cracks in regard to education and other things. Lisa shares the intimate details of her life having undergone violence, which nearly took her life. The Girl with the Caterpillar Eyebrows is more than just a compilation of heartbreaking tragedies, lessons learned, and words of encouragement to others facing extraordinary obstacles. It’s also a story of never giving up hope no matter how difficult any situation, including the domino effect on business failures and difficulties due to the 2008 economic downturn and since.

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12 .) The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer by Philip Carlo

Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • Goodreads

“Philip Carlo’s The Ice Man spent over six weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. Top Mob Hitman. Devoted Family Man. Doting Father. For thirty years, Richard “”The Iceman”” Kuklinski led a shocking double life, becoming the most notorious professional assassin in American history while happily hosting neighborhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey.

Richard Kuklinski was Sammy the Bull Gravano’s partner in the killing of Paul Castellano, then head of the Gambino crime family, at Sparks Steakhouse. Mob boss John Gotti hired him to torture and kill the neighbor who accidentally ran over his child. For an additional price, Kuklinski would make his victims suffer; he conducted this sadistic business with coldhearted intensity and shocking efficiency, never disappointing his customers. By his own estimate, he killed over two hundred men, taking enormous pride in his variety and ferocity of technique.

This trail of murder lasted over thirty years and took Kuklinski all over America and to the far corners of the earth, Brazil, Africa, and Europe. Along the way, he married, had three children, and put them through Catholic school. His daughter’s medical condition meant regular stays in children’s hospitals, where Kuklinski was remembered, not as a gangster, but as an affectionate father, extremely kind to children. Each Christmas found the Kuklinski home festooned in colorful lights; each summer was a succession of block parties.”

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11 .) The Valachi Papers by Peter Maas

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Polka Cafe

“The First Inside Account of the Mafia

In the 1960s a disgruntled soldier in New York’s Genovese Crime Family decided to spill his guts. His name was Joseph Valachi. Daring to break the Mob’s code of silence for the first time, Valachi detailed the organization of organized crime from the capos, or bosses, of every Family, to the hit men who “”clipped”” rivals and turncoats. With a phenomenal memory for names, dates, addresses, phone numbers—and where the bodies were buried—Joe Valachi provided the chilling facts that led to the arrest and conviction of America’s major crime figures.

The rest is history.

Never again would the Mob be protected by secrecy. For the Mafia, Valachi’s name would become synonymous with betrayal. But his stunning exposé. broke the back of America’s Cosa Nostra and stands today as the classic about America’s Mob, a fascinating tale of power and terror, big money, crime … and murder.”

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10 .) Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein

Lists It Appears On:

  • Polka Cafe
  • Wikipedia

Jake Adelstein is the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular Tokyo Metropolitan Police Press Club, where for twelve years he covered the dark side of Japan: extortion, murder, human trafficking, fiscal corruption, and of course, the yakuza. But when his final scoop exposed a scandal that reverberated all the way from the neon soaked streets of Tokyo to the polished Halls of the FBI and resulted in a death threat for him and his family, Adelstein decided to step down. Then, he fought back. In Tokyo Vice he delivers an unprecedented look at Japanese culture and searing memoir about his rise from cub reporter to seasoned journalist with a price on his head.

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9 .) Excellent Cadavers by Alexander Stille

Lists It Appears On:

  • Five Books
  • Ranker
  • The Guardian

In 1992 Italy was convulsed by two brazen Mafia assassinations of high-ranking officials. The latest “excellent cadavers” were Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, the Sicilian magistrates who had been the Cosa Nostra’s most implacable enemies. Yet in the aftermath of the murders, hundreds of “men of honor” were arrested and the government that ad protected them for nearly half a century was at last driven from office. This is the story that Stille tells with such insight and immediacy in Excellent Cadavers. Combining a profound understanding of his doomed heroes with and unprecedented look into the Mafia’s stringent codes and murderous rivalries, he gives us a book that has the power of a great work of history and the suspense of a true thriller.

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8 .) Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America’s Most Powerful Mafia Empires by Selwyn Raab

Lists It Appears On:

  • National Crime Syndicate
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2

“For half a century, the American Mafia outwitted, outmaneuvered, and outgunned the FBI and other police agencies, wreaking unparalleled damage on America’s social fabric and business enterprises while emerging as the nation’s most formidable crime empire. The vanguard of this criminal juggernaut is still led by the Mafia’s most potent and largest borgatas: New York’s Five Families.

Five Families is the vivid story of the rise and fall of New York’s premier dons, from Lucky Luciano to Paul Castellano to John Gotti and others. This definitive history brings the reader right up to the possible resurgence of the Mafia as the FBI and local law-enforcement agencies turn their attention to homeland security and away from organized crime.”

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7 .) Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba & Then Lost it to the Revolution by T.J. English

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2
  • Ranker

“In modern-day Havana, the remnants of the glamorous past are everywhere—old hotel-casinos, vintage American cars & flickering neon signs speak of a bygone era that is widely familiar & often romanticized, but little understood. In Havana Nocturne, T.J. English offers a multifaceted true tale of organized crime, political corruption, roaring nightlife, revolution & international conflict that interweaves the dual stories of the Mob in Havana & the event that would overshadow it, the Cuban Revolution.

As the Cuban people labored under a violently repressive regime throughout the 50s, Mob leaders Meyer Lansky & Charles “”Lucky”” Luciano turned their eye to Havana. To them, Cuba was the ultimate dream, the greatest hope for the future of the US Mob in the post-Prohibition years of intensified government crackdowns. But when it came time to make their move, it was Lansky, the brilliant Jewish mobster, who reigned supreme. Having cultivated strong ties with the Cuban government & in particular the brutal dictator Fulgencio Batista, Lansky brought key mobsters to Havana to put his ambitious business plans in motion.

Before long, the Mob, with Batista’s corrupt government in its pocket, owned the biggest luxury hotels & casinos in Havana, launching an unprecedented tourism boom complete with the most lavish entertainment, the world’s biggest celebrities, the most beautiful women & gambling galore. But their dreams collided with those of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara & others who would lead the country’s disenfranchised to overthrow their corrupt government & its foreign partners—an epic cultural battle that English captures in all its sexy, decadent, ugly glory. “

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6 .) The Firm by John Grisham

Lists It Appears On:

  • Lake Forest High School
  • Mystery Tribune
  • Ranker

When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought that he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. The firm leased him a BMW, paid off his school loans, arranged a mortgage, and hired the McDeeres a decorator. Mitch should have remembered what his brother Ray–doing fifteen years in a Tennessee jail–already knew: You never get nothing for nothing. Now the FBI has the lowdown on Mitch’s firm and needs his help. Mitch is caught between a rock and a hard place, with no choice–if he wants to live.

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5 .) The Outfit: The Role of Chicago’s Underworld in the Shaping of Modern America by Gus Russo

Lists It Appears On:

  • National Crime Syndicate
  • T.J. English
  • Ranker

“The never-before-told story of the great Chicago crime family called The Outfit.

It is a common misperception that all the true-life organized crime stories have been written. Yet perhaps the most compelling gangster tale is one that has been, until now, too well-hidden. This is the story of the Outfit: the secretive organized crime cartel that began its reign in prohibition-era Chicago before becoming the real puppet master of Hollywood, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C.

The Outfit recounts the adventures and exploits of its bosses, Tony ‘Joe Batters’ Accardo (the real Godfather), Murray ‘The Camel’ or ‘Curly’ Humphreys (one of the greatest political fixers and union organizers this country has ever known), Paul ‘The Waiter’ Ricca, and Johnny Rosselli (the liaison between the shadowy world and the outside world). Their invisibility was their strength, and what kept their leader from ever spending a single night in jail. The Outfit bosses were the epitome of style and grace, moving effortlessly among national political figures and Hollywood studio heads-until their world started to crumble in the 1970s.

With extensive research including recently released FBI files, the Chicago Crime files of entertainer Steve Allen, first-ever access to the voluminous working papers of the Kefauver Committee, original interviews with the members of the Fourth Estate who pursued the Outfit for forty years, and exclusive access to the journals of Humphrey’s widow, veteran journalist Gus Russo uncovers sixty years of corruption and influence, and examines the shadow history of the United States.”

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4 .) The Westies: Inside New York’s Irish Mob by T.J. English

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2
  • National Crime Syndicate

Even among the Mob, the Westies were feared. Starting with a partnership between two sadistic thugs, Jimmy Coonan and Mickey Featherstone, the gang rose out of the inferno of Hell’s Kitchen, a decaying tenderloin slice of New York City’s West Side. They became the most notorious gang in the history of organized crime, excelling in extortion, numbers running, loan sharking, and drug peddling. Upping the ante on depravity, their specialty was execution by dismemberment. Though never numbering more than a dozen members, their reign lasted for almost twenty years―until their own violent natures got the best of them, precipitating a downfall that would become as infamous as their notorious ascension into the annals of crime.

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3 .) Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Ranker
  • T.J. English

“This is the true-crime bestseller that was the basis for Martin Scorsese’s film masterpiece GoodFellas, which brought to life the violence, the excess, the families, the wives and girlfriends, the drugs, the payoffs, the paybacks, the jail time, and the Feds…with Henry Hill’s crackling narration drawn straight out of Wiseguy and overseeing all the unforgettable action.

Read it and experience the secret life inside the mob—from one who’s lived it.”

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2 .) Gomorrah by Roberto Saviano

Lists It Appears On:

  • Five Books
  • Goodreads 2
  • Polka Cafe
  • The Guardian
  • Wikipedia

“A groundbreaking, unprecedented bestseller in Italy, Roberto Saviano’s insider account traces the decline of the city of Naples under the rule of the Camorra, an organized crime network more powerful and violent than the Mafia. The Camorra is an elaborate, international system dealing in drugs, high fashion, construction, and toxic waste, and its influence has entirely transformed life in Campania, the province surrounding Naples.

Since seeing his first murder victim, at thirteen, Roberto Saviano has watched the changes in his home city. For Gomorrah, he disappeared into the Camorra and witnessed up close the drug cartel’s audacious, sophisticated, and far-reaching corruption that has paralyzed his home city and introduced the world to a new breed of organized crime.”

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1 .) The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • Lake Forest High School
  • Mystery Tribune
  • Ranker
  • The Guardian
  • Polka Cafe

“With its brilliant and brutal portrayal of the Corleone family, The Godfather burned its way into our national consciousness. This unforgettable saga of crime and corruption, passion and loyalty continues to stand the test of time, as the definitive novel of the Mafia underworld.

A number-one New York Times bestseller in 1969, Mario Puzo’s epic was turned into the incomparable film of the same name, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It is the original classic that has been often imitated, but never matched. A tale of family and society, law and order, obedience and rebellion, it reveals the dark passions of human nature played out against a backdrop of the American dream.”

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The 175+ Additional Best Books About The Mafia



 

# Book Author Lists
(Titles Appear On 1 List Each)
26 A FATHER’S STORY LIONEL DAHMER T.J. English
27 A Love of Vengeance Nancy Haviland
Goodreads 2
28 A Necessary Sin Georgia Cates
Goodreads 2
29 A PICKPOCKET’S TALE TIMOTHY J. GILFOYLE T.J. English
30 Accardo: The Genuine Godfather
National Crime Syndicate
31 Al Capone: A Biography Luciano Iorizzo Questia
32 ALL GOD’S CHILDREN FOX BUTTERFIELD T.J. English
33 ALWAYS RUNNING LUIS RODRIGUEZ T.J. English
34 An Obsession with Vengeance Nancy Haviland
Goodreads 2
35 And Then You Die Michael Dibdin Ranker
36 Anthony’s Boy: The Prince of Bath Avenue; the True Story of Former Bonanno Family Hitman, Joey Calco Richard Stanley Cagan Goodreads
37 ARTEMIS FOWL (Artemis Fowl, #1) Eoin Colfer
Lake Forest High School
38 Assassin: a terrifying true story Christopher Robbins Goodreads
39 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MALCOLM X ARTHUR HALEY T.J. English
40 Black Irish
Mystery Tribune
41 Blowing Up Russia Wikipedia
42 Bomb grade Brian Freemantle Ranker
43 Bone in the Throat Anthony Bourdain Ranker
44 Born to the Mob: The True-Life Story of the Only Man to Work for All Five of New York’s Mafia Families Frankie Saggio Goodreads
45 Boss of Bosses: The FBI and Paul Castellano Joseph F. O’Brien
Goodreads 2
46 Bound Cora Reilly
Goodreads 2
47 Brooklyn: A State of Mind
Gang Land News
48 Bugsy : The Bloodthirsty, Lusty Life of Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel George Carpozi Jr. Goodreads
49 Burn Callie Hart
Goodreads 2
50 BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE DEE BROWN T.J. English
51 Business or Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto’s Last War Peter Edwards Goodreads
52 By Any Other Name J.M. Darhower
Goodreads 2
53 Byculla to Bangkok Wikipedia
54 California fire and life Don Winslow Ranker
55 Capone: The Life and World of Al Capone John Kobler
Goodreads 2
56 Capone: The Man and the Era Laurence Bergreen Polka Cafe
57 Captive in the Dark C.J. Roberts
Goodreads 2
58 City of Ice
Mystery Tribune
59 Codes of Betrayal
Mystery Tribune
60 Cornered Coyote Dianne Harman
Goodreads 2
61 Corruption and Organized Crime Sandu, Adriana Magdalena; Nitu, Mirela Loredana Questia
62 Cose di Cosa Nostra Judge Giovanni Falcone Five Books
63 Crow A. Zavarelli
Goodreads 2
64 Dark Protector Celia Aaron
Goodreads 2
65 Deciphering the Linkages between Organized Crime and Transnational Crime Albanese, Jay S Questia
66 DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY JONATHAN LARSON T.J. English
67 Dirty Angels Karina Halle
Goodreads 2
68 Dirty laundry Tori Carrington Ranker
69 Dock Boss: Eddie McGrath and the West Side Waterfront Neil G. Clark Goodreads
70 Donnie Brasco Joseph D. Pistone Goodreads
71 Easy Money Jens Lapidus Polka Cafe
72 Easy Street Wikipedia
73 EDUCATION OF A FELON EDDIE BUNKER T.J. English
74 El Diablo M. Robinson
Goodreads 2
75 Encyclopedia of Organized Crime in the United States: From Capone’s Chicago to the New Urban Underworld Robert J. Kelly Questia
76 FBI’s Mr. Big Rips FBI Bosses
Gang Land News
77 Firewall Andy McNab Ranker
78 For Nothing
Mystery Tribune
79 Gangland Gotham: New York’s Notorious Mob Bosses Allan R. May Questia
80 Gangland How the FBI Broke the Mob Howard Blum Ranker
81 Gangster Lorenzo Carcaterra Ranker
82 Get Even (Don’t Get Mad, #1) Gretchen McNeil
Lake Forest High School
83 Ghost A. Zavarelli
Goodreads 2
84 Global Mafia Antonio Nicaso and Lee Lamothe
The Guardian
85 God’s Mafia
Mystery Tribune
86 Gotham Unbound: How New York City Was Liberated from the Grip of Organized Crime James B. Jacobs; Coleen Friel; Robert Radick Questia
87 HEIST SOCIETY (Heist Society, #1) Ally Carter
Lake Forest High School
88 Hell’s Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs Hunter S Thompson Polka Cafe
89 Honor Thy Father Gay Talese Goodreads
90 Il Tenebroso Sodalizio Salvatore Lupo Five Books
91 ILLUSIVE (Illusive, #1) Emily Jones-Lloyd
Lake Forest High School
92 IN COLD BLOOD TRUMAN CAPOTE T.J. English
93 Invisible Chains Wikipedia
94
Joseph Bonanno – A Man of Honor
National Crime Syndicate
95 Killing Sarai J.A. Redmerski
Goodreads 2
96 King T.M. Frazier
Goodreads 2
97 Last Hit Jessica Clare
Goodreads 2
98 Layer Cake JJ Connolly Polka Cafe
99 Lords of the Levee Wikipedia
100 Lucian Bethany-Kris
Goodreads 2
101 Mafia
Gang Land News
102 Mafia and Antimafia Umberto Santino
The Guardian
103 Mafia and Mafiosi Henner Hess
The Guardian
104 Mafia Cop: The Two Families of Michael Palermo; Saints Only Live in Heaven Richard Stanley Cagan Goodreads
105 Mafia Women Clare Longrigg Five Books
106 Mafias on the Move: How Organized Crime Conquers New Territories Federico Varese Questia
107 Man Overboard: The Counterfeit Resurrection of Phil Champagne Burl Barer Goodreads
108 MANHUNT JAMES L. SWANSON T.J. English
109 Meet The Bosses: From Capos to Godfathers Nataniele Rossi Goodreads
110 MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL JOHN BERENDT T.J. English
111
Mob Boss: The Life Of Little Al D’Arco, The Man Who Brought Down The Mafia
Gang Land News
112 Mob over Miami Michele McPhee Ranker
113 Mobsters, Unions, and Feds: The Mafia and the American Labor Movement James B. Jacobs Questia
114 Monster in His Eyes J.M. Darhower
Goodreads 2
115
Mr. Capone: The Real Story of Al Capone
National Crime Syndicate
116 Mr. Majestyk
Mystery Tribune
117 Murder, Inc.: The Story Of The Syndicate Burton B. Turkus Goodreads
118 MY DARK PLACES JAMES ELLROY T.J. English
119 Narcoland Anabel Hernandez Polka Cafe
120 Nero Sarah Brianne
Goodreads 2
121 No Time for Heroes Brian Freemantle Polka Cafe
122 Notorious New Jersey
Gang Land News
123 On Every Street Karina Halle
Goodreads 2
124 Organizing Portland: Organized Crime, Municipal Corruption, and the Teamsters Union Donnelly, Robert C Questia
125 Party Time Shaun Attwood Goodreads
126 Playboy’s Illustrated History Of Organized Crime Richard Hammer Goodreads
127 Primitive Rebels Eric Hobsbawm
The Guardian
128 Prohibition Gangsters: The Rise and Fall of a Bad Generation Marc Mappen Questia
129 Ravage (Scarred Souls, #3) Tillie Cole Goodreads
130 Reap (Scarred Souls, #2) Tillie Cole Goodreads
131 Reaper A. Zavarelli
Goodreads 2
132 Red Square Martin Cruz Smith Ranker
133 Repeat Offender: Sin City’s Most Prolific Criminal and the Cop Who Caught Him Bradley Nickell Goodreads
134 Riot (Scarred Souls, #4) Tillie Cole Goodreads
135 Road to paradise Max Allan Collins Ranker
136 Ruin C.D. Reiss
Goodreads 2
137 Ruthless People J.J. McAvoy
Goodreads 2
138 Saint A. Zavarelli
Goodreads 2
139 Saving Caravaggio Neil Griffiths Ranker
140 Sempre J.M. Darhower
Goodreads 2
141 Snow Crash Neal Stephenson Ranker
142 SON OF THE MOB (Son of the Mob, #1) Gordon Korman
Lake Forest High School
143 Sparrow L.J. Shen
Goodreads 2
144 Spin C.D. Reiss
Goodreads 2
145 SUCKER’S PROGRESS HERBERT ASBURY T.J. English
146 Target on Our Backs J.M. Darhower
Goodreads 2
147 Tears & Tiers
Gang Land News
148 TEMPLAR Jordan Mechner
Lake Forest High School
149 The Accountant’s Story Roberto Escobar Polka Cafe
150 The Bank Holiday Murders: The True Story of the First Whitechapel Murders Tom Wescott Goodreads
151 The Big Bankroll: The Life And Times Of Arnold Rothstein Leo Katcher Goodreads
152 The Canary That Couldn’t Fly
Gang Land News
153 The Client tJohn Grisham Ranker
154 The company she keeps Georgia Durante Ranker
155 The Con Man’s Daughter
Mystery Tribune
156 The Day of the Owl Leonardo Sciascia
The Guardian
157 The dog who bit a policeman Stuart M. Kaminsky Ranker
158 The Dragon Syndicates Martin Booth Polka Cafe
159 THE EXECUTIONER’S SONG NORMAN MAILER T.J. English
160 The Family Corleone Edward Falco
Goodreads 2
161 The First Family: Terror, Extortion, Revenge, Murder, and the Birth of the American Mafia Mike Dash
Goodreads 2
162 The Four Corners, a Sicilian Story Peter Cimino Goodreads
163 The Gangs of New York Wikipedia
164 The Godfather Returns Mark Winegardner Ranker
165 The Good Rat A Great Read
Gang Land News
166 The Greatest Menace: Organized Crime in Cold War America Lee Bernstein Questia
167 The Green Felt Jungle Wikipedia
168 The hit and The marksman Brian Garfield Ranker
169 THE HOT HOUSE PETE EARLY T.J. English
170 THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION (House of the Scorpion, #1) Nancy Farmer
Lake Forest High School
171 The Hunting Accident: A True Story of Crime and Poetry David L. Carlson Goodreads
172 The Japanese Mafia: Yakuza, Law, and the State Peter B. E. Hill Questia
173 The Last Don Mario Puzo Ranker
174 The Last Testament of Lucky Luciano Martin A. Gosch Goodreads
175 The Mad Ones: Crazy Joe Gallo
National Crime Syndicate
176 The Mafia Michele Angelo Vaccaro Goodreads
177 The Mafia Claire Sterling Ranker
178 The Mafia Cops
Gang Land News
179 The Mafia: The First 100 Years William Balsamo Goodreads
180 The Man to See
National Crime Syndicate
181 The Man Who Robbed the Pierre Ira Berkow Goodreads
182 The night we met Rob Byrnes Ranker
183 The Origin of Organized Crime in America: The New York City Mafia, 1891-1931 David Critchley Goodreads
184 The Pirates of Somalia Wikipedia
185 The plan Stephen J. Cannell Ranker
186 The President’s Keepers Wikipedia
187 The Real Lucky Luciano
National Crime Syndicate
188 The Republic of Gupta Wikipedia
189 The Russian Mafia: Private Protection in a New Market Economy Federico Varese Questia
190 The Salvation of Vengeance Nancy Haviland
Goodreads 2
191 The Shame of the Cities Wikipedia
192 The Sicilian Mario Puzo Ranker
193 The Ten Million Dollar Getaway: The Inside Story of the Lufthansa Heist Doug Feiden Goodreads
194 The Untouchables Wikipedia
195 The Wiseguy Cookbook
Gang Land News
196 This Is for the Mara Salvatrucha Samuel Logan Polka Cafe
197 Threat Analysis: Organized Crime and Narco-Terrorism in Northern Mexico Knowles, Gordon James Questia
198 To Save a Son Brian Freemantle Ranker
199 Top 10 American Serial Killers: Inside the Minds of Psychopaths Sybil Jensen Goodreads
200 Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitives Sybil Jensen Goodreads
201 Torture to Her Soul J.M. Darhower
Goodreads 2
202 TOUGH JEWS RICH COHEN T.J. English
203 TULIA NATE BLAKESLEE T.J. English
204 Vendetta: An Exciting Action Story about the Mob Ed Frederico Goodreads
205 White shadow Ace Atkins Ranker
206 Wrong L.P. Lovell
Goodreads 2
207 Yakuza: Japan’s Criminal Underworld David E. Kaplan; Alec Dubro Questia


13 Best Mafia Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
Five Books John Dickie recommends the best books on theItalian Mafia
Gang Land News Books About the Mob
Goodreads True Crime – Organized Crime, Mafia
Goodreads 2 Popular Organized Crime Books
Lake Forest High School The Mob, Mafia, and Other Organized Crime Novels
Mystery Tribune Top 10 Great Mafia And Organized Crime Novels
National Crime Syndicate Top 10 Mafia Books
Polka Cafe 15 Books That Show You The Dark And Gritty World Of The Mafia
Questia Organized Crime
Ranker The Best Mafia Books
T.J. English 20 Essential Non-fiction Crime Books (for the aficionado)
The Guardian The top 10 books about the mafia
Wikipedia Category:Non-fiction books about organized crime

 

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