What are the best American mobster and mafia books?

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    #1Public Enemies

    Public Enemies

    Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI is a non-fiction historical book by Bryan Burrough first published in 2004 by Penguin Books. 


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    Teresa Payne
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "This selection is a good recommendation for American mobster and mafia books. It has great reviews, and numerous and is well priced at a paperback and has several options to purchase. It is within topic range and definitely something I would expect to see in the topic search genre."
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    #2John Dillinger

    John Dillinger
    John Dillinger: The Life and Death of America's First Celebrity Criminal is a historical non-fiction book written by Dary Matera first published in 2004 by Da Capo Press. 

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    Julie Chapman
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "Excellent book for anyone interested in the mafia. You will learn about the original gangster. I couldn't put this one down! Do yourself a favor and learn about one of the forgotten. "
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    #3Go Down Together

    Go Down Together

    Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde is a non-fiction mystery book written by Jeff Guinn first published in 2008. This biography book is about Bonnie and Clyde. 


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    Bertha Antonio
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "I think this was a well written, interesting, and comprehensive biography of Bonnie and Clyde and their crime spree. I found this book to be very accurate, and I feel the author made many accurate resources of information available. "
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    #4Don't Call Us Molls

    Don't Call Us Molls

    Don't Call Us Molls: Women of the John Dillinger Gang is non-fiction book written by Ellen Poulsen first published in 2002 by Clinton Cook Publishing Corp. 


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    Justin Wagner
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "While this may not be the best mobster book, it is the most unique. The sub-culture of the mob in America has fascinated people for decades. This exposes how the women of the "made" men interacted and endured their strange relationships. Just like the relationships, not the plots made the sitcom "Friends" interesting, these relationships are worth understanding. "
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    #5Little Man

    Little Man

    Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life is a mystery non-fiction book written by Robert Lacey first published in 1991 by Little, Brown & Co. This book is about Meyer Lansky's gangster life. 


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    Kenneth Spencer
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Little Man tells the story of Meyer Lansky the famous gangster. I found it to be very engaging and it brought me into the world of the early 20th century gangsters. If you love a good gangster book like I do, then you should give it a try."
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    #6Last Call

    Last Call

    Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is a non-fiction historical novel written by Okrent, Daniel first published in 2010 by Scribner. This book contains the prohibition in drinking alcoholic beverages.


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    Deborah Jimenez
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "A well-written and well-documented history of a 13 year debacle in American life. Mr. Okrent's writing ability is praise-worthy, you get the taste and feel of the roaring 20's, but at times he goes into too much detail. I found myself needing some sort of libation to continue reading."
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    #7The Valachi Papers

    The Valachi Papers

    The Valachi Papers is a non-fiction true crime book written by Peter Maas first published in 1968. This book contains the confessions of Joe Valachi about the mob in America. 


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    Betty Roberts
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "The Valachi Papers is a great read that offers an insightful and engaging look into American history of organized crime. Definitely recommended to all who enjoy true crime, but I imagine this book will interest a wider audience as well!"
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    #8Bathing Beauties, Booze And Bullets (A Jazz Age Mystery)

    Bathing Beauties, Booze And Bullets (A Jazz Age Mystery)

    Bathing Beauties, Booze, And Bullets is the second book in A Jazz Age Mystery series written by Ellen Mansoor Collier. This historical fiction novel is about a reporter named Jasmine Cross. 


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    Madison Elliott
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I would love to read this series of books! "
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    #9Baby Face Nelson

    Baby Face Nelson
    Baby Face Nelson: Portrait of a Public Enemy is a non-fiction historical book written by Steven Nickel and William J. Helmer. It is first published in 2002 by Cumberland House Publishing. 

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    Kenneth Fowler
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Very many of these books out there could use a new topic "
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    Capone: The Life and World of Al Capone is a non-fiction true crime book written by John Kobler. It is first published in 1971. This biography is about Al Capone's gangster's life. 

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    Dylan Morrison
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "The biography effects are quite exquisite. The non-fiction true crime genre is very interesting. Makes me want to read mafia books more often."
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    #11Lucky Luciano

    Lucky Luciano

    Born in a small town in Italy, Lucky Luciano went to New York with his parents looking for a better future. He soon got interested in the life of those who made crime their way of living, and he ended up becoming the most famous gangster of them all: the man who organized crime in USA. 


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    Rachel Porter
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "If you love to read about mobsters and the mafia you will love this book. Lucky Luciano is a great story that kept me entertained all the way through. "
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    #12Making Jack Falcone: An Undercover FBI Agent Takes Down a Mafia Family

    Making Jack Falcone: An Undercover FBI Agent Takes Down a Mafia Family
    This book tells the story of Jack Garcia, an undercover FBI agent that took over the role of a mobster of 'La cosa nostra', the Gambino organized crime syndicate. As a part of his learning, Garcia will have to attend multiple courses to learn how the mafia world works, something very useful for his real intentions when joining the organisation. 


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    Olivia Shi
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "Truth is always stranger than fiction and this story is a reminder of that! This is mostly the account from Special Agent Joaquin "Jack" Garcia while working for the FBI to infiltrate organized crime. If you are looking for a book that gives you an idea what it was like to be on the inside, this is it!"
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    #13The Black Hand

    The Black Hand

    The Black Hand: The Bloody Rise and Redemption of "Boxer" Enriquez, a Mexican Mob Killer is a non-fiction biography book written by Chris Blatchford. It is published in 2008 by William Morrow. 


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    Lee Lu
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Stories like this have always been so fascinating to me and this was no exception. I highly recommend it. "
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    #14The Good Rat

    The Good Rat

    The Good Rat: A True Story is a historical novel written by Pulitzer-winning author Jimmy Breslin. It was released in February 2008. It became a New York Times bestseller and is about the lives of American mobsters.


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    Nancy Morgan
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "For those that love Mafia stories, this is the book for you! I enjoyed reading this novel about American mobsters. The author did a great job at depicting the life experiences of these criminals. He was direct in his writing style, which was easy to follow and I was engaged throughout reading about the lives of these mobsters. It would be great if some of these accounts were made into actual movies!"
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    #15Always Running

    Always Running
    Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. is a non-fiction biography book written by Luis J. Rodriguez published by Touchstone on October 4, 2005. It tells the life story of a young Chicano gang member.

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    Luz María Lugo
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Always Running is a fantastic, intriguing book about life in the gangs on East LA. It's a non-fiction book, which makes it all that more encapsulating. At it's base it's a tale of hope and using education to overcome bad circumstances."
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    #168 Ball Chicks

    8 Ball Chicks

    8 Ball Chicks: A Year in the Violent World of Girl Gangs is a non-fiction true crime book written by Gini Sikes. It is first published in 1996 by Anchor. 


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    Carl Alexander
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is a remarkable piece of investigative journalism that will explode your stereotypes of what it means to be in a gang. Well-written, extensively researched in the field, it's a great read. This is one of most real books out there when it comes to this topic. Great stuff."
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    #17Tattoos on the Heart

    Tattoos on the Heart

    Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion is a non-fiction book written by Gregory Boyle and published by Free Press on March 9. 2010. It tells of Boyle's experiences in working with gangs in Los Angeles.


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    Albert Jones
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I always enjoyed reading books about the mafia and, by extension, American mobsters and street gangs. Not all of the books have to be filled with violence and scheming, however. Occasionally you'll see a book about someone helping people in that life escape that world and join the rest of society. This book will tug at your heart strings as you watch a man help many gangsters escape the gritty streets."
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    #18Forsaking All Others

    Forsaking All Others
    Forsaking All Others is a suspense mobster novel written by Pulitzer-winning author Jimmy Breslin. It was released in February 2012. It is about a Puerto Rican gangster who vows to get rich or die trying.

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    Jose Carroll
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Liesel makes friends with next-door neighbor Rudy and establishes herself as a self-proclaimed book thief. Becoming unlikely friends with the Mayor’s wife Ilsa affords Liesel the opportunity to read the books in the Mayor’s massive library. Along the way, Liesel is witness to the atrocities of war, heartbreaking events, love, loss and other life-changing events."
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    #19G-Dog and the Homeboys

    G-Dog and the Homeboys
    G-Dog and the Homeboys: Father Greg Boyle and the Gangs of East Los Angeles is a non-fiction biography book written by Celeste Fremon. It is published in 1995. 

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    Joshua Robertson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "If you like books about crime and drama give it a shot cant hurt. Some people love this type of stuff and would eat it up. Even if you say you are not into the genre you can still give it a shot you just may think differently after a good read."
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    Homeboys: Gangs, Drugs, and the Prison in the Barrios of Los Angeles is a non-fiction book written by Joan Moore. It is published in 1979  by Temple University Press. 


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    Doris Gao
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book has many exciting and scary true accounts of situations I can't personally image being involved in. The more I read, the more I wanted to read. Fascinating!"
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    #21The Olympic Spirit and Other Stories

    The Olympic Spirit and Other Stories

    The Olympic Spirit and Other Stories: A Piltdownlad Zine Collection is a non-fiction book written by Kelly Dessaint. It is first published in 2014 by Phony Lid Books. 


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    Victoria Delgado
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I wanted to like this book but I just really couldn't get into it. I feel like the author tried to really highlight elements to make the story relateable, like about how they used to get food at McDonalds, but I just felt like the story and the plot got bogged down by too many stray details. I got halfway through it before I put it down and haven't picked it back up."
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    #22East Side Stories

    East Side Stories

    East Side Stories: Gang Life in East L.A. is a non-fiction historical book written by Joseph and Luis Rodriguez. This crime book is first published in 1998. 


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    Tammy Hughes
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "East Side Stories by Joseph and Luis Rodriquez is a great book about American mobsters and mafia stories. Lots of violence but a lot of human condition moments as well. Gives you a better sense how these men became mobsters to begin with. "
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    #23I Don't Want to Go to Jail

    I Don't Want to Go to Jail

    I Don't Want to Go to Jail is a funny adventure novel for young adults written by renowned urban fiction writer Jimmy Breslin. It was released in July 2002. It is about a gangster who chose to feign insanity to avoid the law.


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    Vincent May
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I have always had a interest in mobster movies so I thought I would give this book a try. It was a very funny book but didn't have a lot of substance. I would recommend for somebody that wants a quick laugh but that is about it."


Best What are the best American mobster and mafia books
1Public EnemiesBooks 36 Paid
2John DillingerBooks 33 Paid
3Go Down TogetherBooks 30 Paid
4Don't Call Us MollsBooks 29 Paid
5Little ManBooks 28 Paid
6Last CallBooks 27 Paid
7The Valachi PapersBooks 25 Paid
8Bathing Beauties, Booze And Bullets (A Jazz Age Mystery)Books 24 Paid
9Baby Face NelsonBooks 21 Paid
10CaponeBooks 20 Paid

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