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Gotham Unbound : How New York City Was Liberated From the Grip of Organized Crime

Gotham Unbound : How New York City Was Liberated From the Grip of Organized Crime - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0814742471

Cover of Gotham Unbound : How New York City Was Liberated From the Grip of Organized Crime 99 (ISBN 978-0814742471)
ISBN13: 978-0814742471
ISBN10: 0814742475

Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition: 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: New York University Press
Published: 1999
International: No

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Gotham Unbound : How New York City Was Liberated From the Grip of Organized Crime - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0814742471

James B. Jacobs, Coleen Friel and Robert Raddick

ISBN13: 978-0814742471
ISBN10: 0814742475

Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition: 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: New York University Press
Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

Cosa Nostra. Organized crime. The Mob. Call it what you like, no other crime group has infiltrated labor unions and manipulated legitimate industries like Italian organized crime families. One cannot understand the history and political economy of New York City-or most other major American cities-in the 20th century without focusing on the role of organized crime in the urban power structure.Gotham Unbounddemonstrates the remarkable range of Cosa Nostra's activities and influence and convincingly argues that 20th century organized crime has been no minor annoyance at the periphery of society but a major force in the core economy, acting as a power broker, even as an alternative government in many sectors of the urban economy.James B. Jacobs presents the first comprehensive account of the ways in which the Cosa Nostra infiltrated key sectors of New York City's legitimate economic life and how this came over the years to be accepted as inevitable, in some cases even beneficial. The first half ofGotham Unboundis devoted to the ways organized crime became entrenched in six economic sectors and institutions of the city-the garment district, Fulton Fish Market, freight at JFK airport, construction, the Jacob Javits Convention Center, and the waste-hauling industry. The second half compellingly documents the campaign to purge the mob from unions, industries, and economic sectors, focusing on the unrelenting law enforcement efforts and the central role of Rudolph Giuliani's mayoral administration in devising innovative regulatory strategies to combat the mob.

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