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Mob Lawyer : The Mafia's Attorney Tells All (Reprint) (Paperback) (Frank Ragano & Selwyn Raab)
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In spite of the deadly law of omertà among the "men of honor" of the Mafia, promising swift and fatal retribution to its transgressors, Frank Ragano tells an unrivaled and unmatched insider's story. Never before has someone so highly placed revealed what went on behind the closed doors of organized crime during its most powerful, lucrative, and pervasive years.
This is the unvarnished story of the murders, the fixed juries, the sweetheart deals, and the political corruption that characterized the heyday of the Mafia. Here in unprecedented detail is the day-to-day workings of America's most profitable and influential criminal organizations, huge operations whose tremendous growth from the fifties to the seventies was due in part to brilliant, aggressive, highly paid attorneys who kept the wheels of these drug, and prostitution factories well greased.
Frank Ragano acted as a conduit between the mob and politicians, crooked businessmen, and powerful labor leaders. He provides an enthralling hour-by-hour account of the day Jimmy Hoffa was killed, including who ordered the hit and why. He shows how Hoffa's animus toward Attorney General Robert Kennedy erupted in a brawl between the two men in the offices of the Justice Department, and most shockingly, how Ragano unwittingly delivered the message?from Hoffa to the Mob?that resulted in President Kennedy's assassination. At the very heart of the American Mafia, Frank Ragano was the attorney for Santo Trafficante, Jimmy Hoffa and Carlos Marcello.
With a foreword is by award-winning screenwriter and author Nicholas Pileggi.