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by Gil Reavill
"Mafia Summit" is the true story of how a small-town lawman in upstate New York busted a Cosa Nostra conference in 1957, exposing the Mafia to America
In a small village in upstate New York, mob bosses from all over the country--Vito Genovese, Carlo Gambino, Joe Bonanno, Joe Profaci, Cuba boss Santo Trafficante, and future Gambino boss Paul Castellano--were nabbed by Sergeant Edgar D. Croswell as they gathered to sort out a bloody war of succession.
For years, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover had adamantly denied the existence of the Mafia, but young Robert Kennedy immediately recognized the shattering importance of the Appalachian summit. As attorney general when his brother JFK became president, Bobby embarked on a campaign to break the spine of the mob, engaging in a furious turf battle with the powerful Hoover.
Detailing mob killings, the early days of the heroin trade, and the crusade to loosen the hold of organized crime, fans of Gus Russo and Luc Sante will find themselves captured by this momentous story. Reavill scintillatingly recounts the beginning of the end for the Mafia in America and how it began with a good man in the right place at the right time.
The Double V: How Wars, Protest, and Harry Truman Desegregated America's Military
by Rawn James Jr.
Executive Order 9981, issued by President Harry Truman in 1948, desegregated all branches of the United States military by decree. It is often portrayed as a heroic and unexpected move by Truman, but in reality, it was the culmination of more than 150 years of legal, political, and moral struggle.
Nancy: The Story of Lady Astor
by Adrian Fort
A new biography of Nancy Astor, American socialite and social crusader who blazed a trail through British society amid two World Wars. With glorious, page-turning brio, Fort brings to life this restless, controversial American dynamo, an unforgettable woman who left a deep and lasting imprint on the political life of a nation.