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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.

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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, 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 listener 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.

"This masterpiece stands an excellent chance of becoming a bestseller with crossover appeal beyond devoted watchers of The Sopranos." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"With vivid characterizations of a cavalcade of thugs, Raab's account is the most lively and informative Mafia history in years." ---Booklist

"Swift-moving history with much news, even for well-read students of crime and punishment." ---Kirkus

"[I]nformative and frightening…" ---Library Journal
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Five Families

The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires

Author Selwyn Raab

Narrated by Paul Costanzo

Publication date Oct 6, 2015

Running time 34 hrs

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