Playboy's Illustrated History of Organized Crime by Richard Hammer is a coffee table sized book. It measures 8.5 by 11 inches, by 1.25 inches thick and has 377 pages. It is a hard cover book with a dust jacket and is fully indexed. The title states "illustrated", and boy is it. I didn't count how many photos there are, but possibly a couple hundred, many very graphic. The dust jacket has some scrapes and small tears.
The book is copyrighted 1975 and is now discontinued and no longer available except for the individual listings you'll see online.
The book is a history of organized crime from its chaotic beginnings to its rise to become one of our country's biggest businesses. Just to mention a few of the gangsters profiled are: Al Capone, Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel, and Carlo Gambino, Frank Costello, Albert Anastasia, Vito Genovese, and the list goes on and on. It talks about the Irish, Italian, Jewish, Asian and black gangsters as well.
It covers the subjects that kept organized crime alive from the political corruption, to the business aspect of it such as; liquor, vice, gambling, narcotics, racketeering and murder.
The chapter titles are:
The American Dream
Chicago and the prohibition years
Slicing up the Big Apple
War in the underworld
Happy days and hard times
The heat's on
V for Victory, Vice, and Vegas
A little light on the syndicate
Perils of power
Attack on a hoodlum empire
The American nightmare
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