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 Mafia Allies by Tim Newark, AKA Mafia at War
Posted: Jun 9 2007, 06:46 AM

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Mafia Allies: The True Story of America's Secret Alliance with the Mob in World War II (Hardcover)
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I enjoyed Mafia Allies. There are some quotes from the dubious Last Testament of Lucky Luciano but overall it's a good book and I found the chapters on Sicily especially fascinating.
Posted: Jul 25 2007, 07:34 AM

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I will read it during my vacation smile.gif Looking forward to it. Of course I've read bits and pieces about the mob's deeds during the war but I'm sure this book will delve deeper in the material.

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The true story of Britain and America's wartime pact with the Mafia
. Startling secret accounts of Mafia-Allied collaboration
. Allied intelligence reports of Mafia insurgency in Sicily

`An engrossing history that reads like a thriller. The Godfather meets Band of Brothers' - Andrew Roberts

`A fascinating and compelling work on three of the most evil movements of the 20th century. It ought to be required reading for anyone lookingfor insights into the period' - Richard Hammer

The Mafia is the most powerful criminal organisation the world has ever known. This book tells the epic story of how the Mafia was nearly destroyed by Mussolini, prospered in the US, struck a secret wartime deal with the US government, and then backed a bloody rebellion that nearly turned Sicily into an independent Mafia realm.

Using eye-witness accounts, contemporary reports and declassified intelligence documents, some never published before, The Mafia at War reconstructs the relationships of the Mafia and Allied intelligence organisations, including US Naval Intelligence, OSS, CIC, and MI6.

It shows how Lucky Luciano won his freedom thanks to mobster help in World War Two; how Jewish gangsters clashed with Nazis on the streets of New York; how Mafiosi nearly issued contracts to kill top Nazis - including Hitler; how British `bobbies' patrolled the deadly streets of Palermo; and how Mafia-backed bandits conducted a guerrilla war for Sicilian independence.

Startling secret wartime documents reveal that General Eisenhower was happy to arm the Mafia during the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943 and how the British were equally willing to work with top Mafiosi in their conquest of the island.

The Mafia at War is a dramatic and provocative account of how a criminal organisation exploited the grim realities of World War II to revive its fortunes and dominate global crime.


Author Tim Newark

Publisher Greenhill Books (United Kingdom)

Year 2007

ISBN 9781853676727

Format Hardback - 320 Pages

Illustrations 16 pages of plates

this book i think is ok...not great but not bad either...

"he began stealing tombstones, then he became a car thief, then an assasin, then a smuggler and then a drug smuggler, then he became a representative of the chamber - a politician....the worst of them all."
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