The Mafia and the Machine

The Mafia and the Machine

The Story of the Kansas City Mob

Book - 2010
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The story of the American Mafia is not complete without a chapter on Kansas City--even Hollywood gives a nod to the "City of Fountains" in mafia films. Events unfolding in Kansas City have affected the fortunes of all the Mafia "families," shaping the entire underworld along the way. Author Frank Hayde chronicles the connection between organized crime and politics that originated with the alliance between political boss Tom Pendergast and mob boss Johnny Lazia. The story continues up to the present time, tying in every major name in organized crime--Luciano, Bugsy, Lansky--and highlighting the corrupt Kansas City police force.--From publisher description.
Publisher: Fort Lee, N.J. : Barricade Books, c2010
ISBN: 9781569804438
Call Number: 364.106 H3241m 2010
Characteristics: xiii, 208 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm


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Jun 24, 2013

If you were to visit Kansas City today and casually tour this midwestern mecca also known as the "City of Fountains," you would see little evidence that this town has a criminal past. I've lived here most of my life and I had no idea how intricate the corruption was. Frank Hayde's The Mafia and the Machine is a good history lesson for those no-excuse-ignoramuses like me whose knowledge of Kansas City is more Disney Channel than reality.


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