13 Best Mafia Books

Best Mafia Books

Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires by Selwyn Raab

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.

The Colombo Family: A History of New York's Colombo Mafia Family by Andy Petepiece

The Colombo FamilyThe Colombo Family is a well-researched book on the nearly 100-year history of one of New York City’s infamous La Cosa Nostra organizations. It begins with the USA arrival of Joe Profaci, the first Boss, and ends in the confusion of the passing of Boss Carmine Persico in 2019.Some of the essential events covered include the 1928 meeting of mobsters in Cleveland, the Castellammarese War of the early 1930s, the Apalachin fiasco of 1957, plus three Colombo Family rebellions. Boss Carmine Persico dominates the narrative as he retained control of the Family from the mid-1970s until 2019.

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

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.

Mafia Spies: The Inside Story of the CIA, Gangsters, JFK, and Castro by Thomas Maier

From Vegas to Miami to Havana, the shocking connections between the CIA, the mob, and Sinatra’s Rat Pack—with new revelations and details. Mafia Spies is the definitive account of America’s most remarkable espionage plots ever—with CIA agents, mob hitmen, “kompromat” sex, presidential indiscretion, and James Bond-like killing devices together in a top-secret mystery full of surprise twists and deadly intrigue.

In the early 1960s, two top gangsters, Johnny Roselli and Sam Giancana, were hired by the CIA to kill Cuba’s Communist leader, Fidel Castro, only to wind up murdered themselves amidst Congressional hearings and a national debate about the JFK assassination.

Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss by Philip Carlo

From his blood feud with John Gotti to his dealings with the “Mafia cops,” decorated NYPD officers Lou Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa, to the Windows case, which marked the beginning of the end for the New York Mob, Gaspipe is Anthony Casso’s shocking story&a roller-coaster ride into an exclusive netherworld that reveals the true inner workings of the Mafia, from its inception to the present time.

Mafia Prince: Inside America's Most Violent Crime Family and the Bloody Fall of La Cosa Nostra by Phillip Leonetti

Mafia Prince is the first-person account of one of the most violent eras in Mafia history – “Little” Nicky Scarfo’s reign as boss of the Philly family in the 1980s – written by Scarfo’s underboss and nephew, “Crazy” Phil Leonetti.

The youngest-ever underboss at the age of 31, Leonetti was at the crux of the violent downfall of the traditional American Mafia in the 1980s when he infiltrated Atlantic City after gambling was legalized, and later turned state’s evidence against his own. His testimony directly led to the convictions of dozens of high-ranking made men including John Gotti, Vincent Gigante, and his own uncle, Nicky Scarfo – sparking the beginning of the end of La Cosa Nostra.

Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi and Martin Scorsese

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. “Nonstop…absolutely engrossing” (The New York Times Book Review).

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

Mafia Made: A True Story of Murder, Racketeering, and Drug Trafficking by Anthony Caucci

“The first time I saw a man brutally beaten and begging for his life, I was 5 years old. Weeks later, I found out he’d been shot in the head, stabbed eleven times, and nearly decapitated. He was like an uncle to me…”
Growing up in Miami in the 1980s, Anthony Caucci learned early on that things weren’t always what they seemed. Some of his earliest memories were doing the rounds of local Mob bars with his father, collecting tips from wise guys, keeping track of the sports bets, and learning how the Mafia operated.
It didn’t take long before Caucci was ready to step out on his own—and there was plenty of opportunity in the fast-paced, cocaine-fueled underworld of South Florida’s organized crime families.

Cigar City Mafia: A Complete History of the Tampa Underworld by Scott M. Deitche

Bootleggers, gambling, ringleaders, arsonists, narcotics dealers and gang murders―a variety of characters flourished in the era known as Prohibition, and Tampa, Florida was where they battled for supremacy of the criminal underworld.

Mafia Daddy: Vegas Underground, Book 4 by Renee Rose, Benjamin Sands

SHE’S ALWAYS BEEN MINEDon G gave me an order–find his daughter. Straighten her out. Bring her home. Sure–taking the mafia princess in hand will be my pleasure. But she’s not going home–she’s staying with me. Because despite the marriage contract to another family, Jenna Pachino has always been mine.

King of Diamonds: A Dark Mafia Romance (Vegas Underground) by Renee Rose

“Dark, dirty, and perfect–Renee Rose has mastered this genre.” ~USA Today Bestselling Author Alta Hensley
I told her not to set foot in my casino again. I told her to stay away.
Because if I see those hips swinging around my suite, I’ll pin her against the wall and take her hard.
And once I make her mine, I’m not gonna set her free.
I’m king of the Vegas underground and I take what I want.
So she’d better run. Stay the hell away from my casino.
Or I’ll tie her to my bed. Put her on her knees.
Break her.

Lord High Executioner: The Legendary Mafia Boss Albert Anastasia by Frank Dimatteo

Umberto “Albert” Anastasia was born in Italy at the turn of the century. Five decades later, he would be gunned down in a barber shop in New York City. What happened in the years in between—and why every crime family had reason to want him dead—is one of the most brutal and fascinating stories in the history of American organized crime. This in-depth account of the man who became one of the most powerful and homicidal crime bosses of the twentieth century from Mafia insider Frank Dimatteo is the first full-length book to chronicle Anastasia’s bloody rise from fresh-off-the-boat immigrant to founder of the notorious killer’s club Murder, Inc.—featuring never-before-told accounts from those who feared him most . . .

Deal with the Devil: The FBI's Secret Thirty-Year Relationship with a Mafia Killer by Peter Lance and HarperAudio

In Deal with the Devil, five-time Emmy winning investigative reporter Peter Lance draws on three decades of once secret FBI files—and exclusive new interviews—to tell the definitive story of  Gregory Scarpa Sr., aka “The Grim Reaper;” a Mafia capo, who “stopped counting” after 50 murders, while secretly betraying the Colombo crime family as a Top Echelon Criminal Informant for the Bureau.

Lance draws on thousands of pages of court transcripts, interviews and declassified FBI files, to trace Scarpa’s shadowy relationship with the Bureau starting in 1960 when his debriefing reports went straight to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover himself.

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