The Valachi Papers by Peter Maas; 4 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Accessible book, Biography, Crime, Crime and criminals. The Valachi Papers [Peter Maas] on flampertomanes.ml *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The First Inside Account of the Mafia In the s a disgruntled soldier. Get this from a library! The Valachi papers.. [Peter Maas].
|Language:||English, Spanish, French|
|Distribution:||Free* [*Registration needed]|
The Valachi Papers is a biography written by Peter Maas, telling the true story of former mafia Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. Complete summary of Peter Maas' The Valachi Papers. eNotes print Print; document PDF Although Valachi was only expected to fill in the gaps in his formal. The Valachi Papers book. Read 50 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The First Inside Account of the MafiaIn the s a disgruntle.
Preview this item Preview this item. The Valachi papers. Peter Maas Publisher: English View all editions and formats Rating: Subjects Valachi, Joseph, -- Mafia -- United States.
Crime -- United States. View all subjects More like this User lists Similar Items. Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private.
Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Details Additional Physical Format: Print version: Maas, Peter, Valachi papers.
Document, Internet resource Document Type: Peter Maas Find more information about: Peter Maas. Reviews User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers.
Be the first. Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. Similar Items Related Subjects: United States. User lists with this item 1 Intersting 1 items by mbonello52 updated Linked Data More info about Linked Data. It's amazing how much Valachi remembered and in such great detail. Sep 06, Ed rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Joe Valachi was the first Cosa Nostra insider to talk about the organization and he was around for the period during which it was formally organized, all of which makes for really entertaining and fascinating reading.
Jan 06, Barbara Ab rated it liked it.
Based on the confession written by Joseph Valachi who had been a member of the Mafia for 30 years, it is an easy reading but after a while a bit boring as it is a serial description of crimes and people taking part in them.
Dec 19, Nate rated it really liked it. A classic mafia source document. Limited and wrong in places, its still a primary source by one of the first made men to turn rat.
Vito Genovese! Apr 04, Gaurang Sadekar rated it liked it. New York was a crazy place back in the day! It's hard to believe most of the addresses mentioned were mob businesses or fronts.
Even though it's a real account of the past, it almost reads like fiction or a movie script because it's so incredible. My main criticism of the book was the number of name drops and mentions of names.
Granted, this book was published in the 60s so all of the names mentioned in the book might have had more recognition, but to read it in was a struggle to keep up wit New York was a crazy place back in the day! Granted, this book was published in the 60s so all of the names mentioned in the book might have had more recognition, but to read it in was a struggle to keep up with who was who.
The book does a great job of making a narrative out of all of the testimony and interviews, explains the dynamics of the Cosa Nostra pretty well and traces a path through the history of the organization through the viewpoint of one man with coherence and lucidity. Like most stories about the Mafia, it has some elements of glorifying these criminals because of the code they follow and reverence and intrigue in which they were held, but certainly not to the extent of other books.
After reading it, my thoughts instantly went to The Godfather by Mario Puzo, which uses so much of the real information from this book and other journalistic articles around the time to create the characters, the structure of the mob and the code that they abide by, and it's crazy to think that that novel would have read more like normal contemporary fiction at the time of publication.
Jan 08, Bill rated it really liked it.
I was fascinated with the subject at the time, so I am surely a bit biased, though. Nevertheless, Valachi was the guy that forced the F. Edgar Hoover himself would not acknowledge their existence, possibly because he knew that is had been around long before the F.
So, perhaps he thought it was too difficult to conquer, and it was in the days before RICO. Perhaps it was because he liked Frank Costello giving h Excellent. Perhaps it was because he liked Frank Costello giving him names of horses so he could win at the track - not to get rich, but just because he liked the thrill of it. Regardless, when Valachi, who'd been so loyal to his adopted family was abandonded by the very same, he did what he felt he had to, he proved that it is very dangerous to take away everything dear to someone and make them desperate.
I highly recommend it. And, after you read it, check out the film version from , starring Charles Bronson as Joe Valachi. If you do, see if you can spot the actor that also appears in The GodFather.
May 13, John rated it really liked it Shelves: This is perhaps the definitive account of how the 20th century Cosa Nostra commonly known as the Mafia operated. It is an admirable effort on Peter Maas's part to give Joseph Valachi's words a fair presentation.
The main focus of the book is on Valachi's own personal story, but to understand it is to understand the inner workings of the Cosa Nostra. It is a fascinating but brutal history of Families and their bosses dealing in such "rackets" as restaurants, horse racing, and drugs.
It was a te This is perhaps the definitive account of how the 20th century Cosa Nostra commonly known as the Mafia operated. It was a tenuous atmosphere, where bosses such as Lucky Luciano, Salvatore Maranzana and Vito Genovese could order a mobster's death virtually at will. Perhaps the most impressive part of the book is Valachi's remarkable memory. He remembers the details of incidents that occurred decades before he was interviewed for this book, recalling the monetary figures involved as well.
The book is very readable.
Though the story becomes somewhat banal after a while, any reader will keep engaged. I highly recommend this book as the definitive volume on organized crime in the 20th century.
Jan 07, Vincent II rated it it was amazing. Excellent journalism. Maas does a great job as usual, reporting on a very interesting man and more interesting times.
The Valachi Papers reads like a journalist report, but is as thrilling as any piece of fict Excellent journalism. The Valachi Papers reads like a journalist report, but is as thrilling as any piece of fiction. Apr 02, Jsrott rated it really liked it. Engrossing and disturbing, this account sheds light on an area of American history that has captured our imaginations, but has become romanticized to the point or being dangerously overlooked as a still-relevant corrupter of our government.
It's fascinating to read about elements of the real Cosa Nostra that undoubtedly influenced the Godfather novel and subsequent movies, and I think that's what makes this both captivating and chilling.
May 13, Hugo rated it it was ok Shelves: Seems like background for many of the plot points found in "Goodfellas" and "The Sopranos. Jul 25, Melissa rated it really liked it. I am fascinated by all things mafia so to me this was a must read.
Creators of boardwalk empire and sopranos MUST have referred to this text. Read it years ago in the 70's and really liked it.
Will have to re-read. A very readable, easy read. It's interesting that even this long after the events described, so many of the men's names involved are known and remembered. Sep 27, Megan Flower rated it it was amazing. May 27, Mark R.
In fact, Valachi's testimony forced the U. Valachi wouldn't have testified if his life hadn't been in danger. But in danger it was, in the early 60's, as his former boss, Vito Genovese, looked to have him silenced, following a drug convi "The Valachi Papers" is Peter Maas' extensive re-telling of the criminal life of Joseph Valachi, the first Mafia insider to confess to the feds. But in danger it was, in the early 60's, as his former boss, Vito Genovese, looked to have him silenced, following a drug conviction.
The man had a remarkable memory, full of names, dates, and details, but unfortunately the Justice Department, who at first championed the idea of a tell-all book, decided Valachi's tale would be a bad idea after all. They tried to keep editor Maas from putting out the story, saying Valachi shouldn't be allowed to profit from his crimes. What was allowable, however, was for Maas to write his own book, in his words, quoting heavily from Valachi.
The result isn't something quite as novel-like and compelling in its reading as Nicholas Pileggi's "Wiseguy," which would follow two decades later, but a fascinating, none-the-less, and very detailed account of the beginning of the Mafia in the United States. Mar 09, Charlotte rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a fascinating, fabulous and fantastic book, perfect for anybody with an interest in the Cosa Nostra.
I found myself so engrossed that I purposefully slowed my reading pace down so I did not devour it all at once. I longed for more even when I'd turned the final page.
The best part? As a Chegg Study subscriber, you can view available interactive solutions manuals for each of your classes for one low monthly price.
Why download extra books when you can get all the homework help you need in one place? Can I get help with questions outside of textbook solution manuals?
You bet! Just post a question you need help with, and one of our experts will provide a custom solution. You can also find solutions immediately by searching the millions of fully answered study questions in our archive.