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Borgata: Rise of Empire

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781474621526

Price: £25

ON SALE: 9th November 2023

Genre: Biography & True Stories

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DISCOVER THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN MAFIA – FROM A MAN WHO’S SEEN IT ALL FROM THE INSIDE

In BORGATA: RISE OF EMPIRE, former mafia member Louis Ferrante pulls back the curtain on the criminal organisation that transformed America. From the potent political cauldron of nineteenth-century Sicily to American cities such as New Orleans, New York and the gangster’s paradise of Las Vegas, Ferrante traces the social, economic and political forces that powered the mafia’s unstoppable rise. We follow the early mob as they provide alcohol to the American public during prohibition, aid U. S. Naval Intelligence during the Second World War, establish a gambling mecca in the Nevada desert – and unofficially take control of the island of Cuba.

Ferrante’s vivid portrayal of early American mobsters – among them Lucky Luciano, Vito Genovese, Frank Costello and Meyer Lansky – fills in crucial gaps of mafia history to deliver the most comprehensive account yet of the world’s most famous criminal fraternity.

This volume is the first in a groundbreaking new trilogy. Ferrante’s masterful account journeys from the group’s inauspicious beginnings to the height of their power as the most influential organised criminal network in America.

Reviews

Highly entertaining
Wall Street Journal
It's very rare when someone from Lou's world has the heart of a writer. Criminal experiences don't usually lead to great insights. Louis Ferrante is different - his talent for storytelling shines through
Nicholas Pileggi, author of WISE GUY and CASINO
He may be a loss to the criminal fraternity, he is most certainly an asset to the literary world
ASPECTS OF HISTORY
A fascinating inside look at the history of the Mafia . . . Ferrante's familiarity with Mafia customs gives flesh and immediacy to what could otherwise be a rote historical tome, but he doesn't draw his authority from affiliation alone: this is a well-researched history in its own right. True crime fans will be captivated
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Building his case in concise, economical prose, Ferrante draws on an extensive knowledge of world events, mob lore and personal experience . . . a rousing memoir, meditation on world history and Mafia exposé all in one
Kirkus Reviews on MOB RULES
Being inside Ferrante's mind is an amazing experience
Joel Stein, TIME