Five Families - Selwyn Raab

Five Families

By Selwyn Raab

  • Release Date: 2014-05-13
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4
From 154 Ratings


Genovese, Gambino, Bonnano, Colombo and Lucchese. For decades these Five Families ruled New York and built the American Mafia (or Cosa Nostra) into an underworld empire. Today, the Mafia is an endangered species, battered and beleaguered by aggressive investigators, incompetent leadership, betrayals and generational changes that produced violent and unreliable leaders and recruits. A twenty year assault against the five families in particular blossomed into the most successful law enforcement campaign of the last century.

Selwyn Raab's Five Families is the vivid story of the rise and fall of New York's premier dons from Lucky Luciano to Paul Castellano to John Gotti and more. The book also brings the reader right up to the possible resurgence of the Mafia as the FBI and local law enforcement agencies turn their attention to homeland security and away from organized crime.


  • Five Families

    By Mafia Fan
    I believe this is an amazing compilation of the American Italian mafia. I have read my fair share of mafia related books, but when I came across this book I knew right away my nose was going to be buried inside the pages. It is a very great read, and it is sure to not disappoint, for any crime/mafia fan. $10.00 is sure not to be wasted on this amazing piece of work.