Book Summary: The title of this book is The Outfit and it was written by. They knew more than I did we would go separate ways, their way was ripping some American off, my way trying to make it in a new corrupt country of mongrel Jews. This is the story of the Outfit: the secretive organized crime cartel that began its reign in prohibition-era Chicago before becoming the real puppet master of Hollywood, Las Vegas, and Washington D. It'll be hard for future mob writers to knock Russo's work off the shelf. The most fascinating one of the bunch, to me, was Curly Humphreys, the brains of the Outfit, so to speak. However, I was disturbed by the organization of the material, and had trouble following when events happened. On the plus side, it was obviously thoroughly researched.
Russo's narrative makes clear the corporate nature of these particular Mafiosi which was crucial to their success. Along the way, the gang pioneered many diversions now taken for granted: off-track betting, casino gambling, Top Forty record listings, and music videos. Every time I hear the Jew on What Really Happened open his bagel hole its about the mob having honor and didnt attack the family. He also examines them in the context of traditional immigrant ambitions. The author's style is intelligent, witty, detailed, and extremely personable.
In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism. However, it one is looking for a lot of information about the Chicago Outfit, this is perhaps the most comprehensive, almost encyclopedic, source I have encountered, and it is definitely worth reading on that basis. I recommend this read for any organized crime buffs and would like the understanding of Chicag This is a better than decent read. There is Navigation menu in the top-right of every page. Anyone writing a mob-related history of Chicago should also get the name of the Green Mill right.
As presented the material spanned time periods and jumped between then, often with poor transitions that required me to backtrack constantly to find out when something occurred and sometimes I could not find it at all! One cool thing you can do with Bookshelves is see which other members have read or want to read a certain book. Russo keeps the pages turning with a compelling style that makes the book's 550 pages seem like 100 when you hit the end. His only obvious diversion is one that comes up often: he holds law enforcement and the legal system in general in low esteem for their focus on Italians when, first, the other waves of immigrants had done much the same things to survive initially in this land, and, second, the upperworld capitalist bosses went unpunished and unpursued for what would be considered greater crimes against humanity. Where the main white character lays with a mud. The authors point that far more death and illness have been caused by business abuse than by gangsters is well taken.
The book breaks down myths and realities regarding certain aspects of their businesses. Some of it, I saw for myself when I worked in government. Their invisibility was their strength, and what kept their leader from ever spending a single night in jail. Yet perhaps the most compelling gangster tale is one that has been, until now, too well-hidden. Some of it, I saw for myself when I worked in government.
He also examines them in the context of traditional immigrant ambitions. He actually knew more about the Constitution than any of the Senators or lawyers attached to the Committees! He was supposedly a silent partner with Outfit bosses in the hot spots where his bands played, and according to Russo, he would continue to blur the line between ownership and union influence throughout his career. I have to doubt whether such a bill was even introduced in 1935 or 36. Interesting, with a lot of tie-ins to popular culture. The Outfit bosses were the epitome of style and grace, moving effortlessly among national political figures and Hollywood studio heads-until their world started to crumble in the 1970s. I wanted to know more about how Chicago grew up, and this is a big part of it. The same is true for some Outfit clans as well.
Curly Humphreys was never mnade because of his Welsh blood, but he could have been the smartest Boss the mob ever had. I had a lot of Italian friends growing up and it never dawned on me why we looked and acted different. I had no idea just how much influence the Outfit had on America, not just organized crime. Yet perhaps the most compelling gangster tale is one that has been, until now, too well-hidden. Russo is so engagingly in command of his material. A fair read, but then again, I rarely read nonfiction.
It was only after a fifty-year run that their world started to crumble in the 1970s. You will be impressed by the sophistication in which the Outfit ran its empire and the minds of those in-charge. Russo documents how these West Coast assets were sold for a fraction of their value to silent mob partners and the young lawyers, Arvey accomplices, who served as their frontmen. Back in the earliest days of moving pictures, Chicago mobsters used the threat of projectionist walkouts to shake down local theaters. It made me look at my town and country in a new light. Very detail-oriented, which - after reading a string of easy peasy fluff pieces - was a bit of an adjustment.
Though Sidney would have his own notoriety, the source of his power would lurk in the shadows. Bookshelves is one feature of OnlineBookClub. The Outfit recounts the adventures and exploits of its bosses, Tony 'Joe Batters' Accardo the real Godfather , Murray 'The Camel' or 'Curly' Humphreys one of the greatest political fixers and union organizers this country has ever known , Paul 'The Waiter' Ricca, and Johnny Rosselli the liaison between the shadowy world and the outside world. There is a thing early on where the author says Chicago is called the Windy City because it's windy, which isn't true, and anyone writing a history of Chicago should know better. But the contacts with his clients went far beyond labor matters. Like Marcy, Korshak would walk guests outside the restaurant to talk about especially confidential subjects. Also very eye-opening about criminal read: terrorist activity that would cause modern America to shudder to a paranoid stop, that was common place less than 100 years ago.