Gotham Unbound

Gotham Unbound

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

eBook - 1999
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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 Unbound demonstrates 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 of Gotham Unbound is 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.



Baker & Taylor
Traces the influence of organized crime on New York City history

Book News
Demonstrates the remarkable range of the Cosa Nostra's activities and influence and 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 and even as an alternative government in many sectors of the urban economy. Examines ways in which the Cosa Nostra infiltrated key sectors of New York City's legitimate economic life and how this came to be seen as inevitable and even beneficial. Jacobs is professor of law and director of the Center for Research in Crime and Justice at New York University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Gotham Unbound demonstrates the remarkable range of Cosa Nostra's activities and influence and convincingly argues that twentieth-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 involvement came over the years to be accepted as inevitable, in some cases even beneficial. The first half of Gotham Unbound is 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.

Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©1999
ISBN: 9780814737965
081473796X
9780585325415
0585325413
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 329 pages) : maps
Additional Contributors: Radick, Robert
Friel, Coleen

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