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The gripping true story of the origins of the mafia in America and the brilliant Italian born detective who gave his life to stop it Soon to be a major motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio Beginning in the summer of 1903 an insidious crime wave filled New York City and then the entire country with fear The children of Italian immigrants were kidnapped and dozens of innocent victims were gunned down Bombs tore apart tenement buildings Judges senators Rockefellers and society matrons. Detective Petrosino’s fight against criminal enterprise in New York At the beginning of the 20th century Italian immigrants were arriving in large numbers to New York City dreaming big in the new world but faced hostility from other citizens like German and Irish immigrants They were also terrorized extorted and murdered by a criminal organization known as the “Black Hand” which was eventually traced to mafia gang operating from Sicily Their main target were the Italian community in NY that later spread to other major cities Joseph Petrosino was one of the very few law enforcement officials who possessed the courage to confront this criminal enterprise This is the true story of one man's determination against all odds in a city that treated Italian immigrants as second class citizens and the crime perpetrated on them were ignored by the law enforcement This book chronicles in detail of Petrosino’s crime fighting methods and his work with President Teddy Roosevelt In fact Roosevelt first hired him in 1897 as the first Italian detective sergeant in New York Roosevelt at that time was the head of the New York Board of Police Commissioners and he was deeply saddened by the level poverty south of the 14th street where most immigrants were living The elites of New York never stepped below 14th Street and Roosevelt after reading in newspapers about the crime made major changes in the operation of NYPD The department was suffering from serious corruption and attended to the interests of the wealthy residents But the Sicilian Mafia using the name Black Hand was organizing and operating faster than NYPD Killings abductions and violence left the entire Italian population in New York under constant fear But Petrosino was a strong willed and hard nosed detective who collided with gangsters head on Years later President Roosevelt said of Petrosino that “He didn’t know the name of fear” Petrosino was killed by the gang members in 1908 during his visit to Sicily but he certainly left a lasting impression and he changed the way Italians were seen in AmericaThe story is currently owned by the Paramount Studios to film the life and work of Joseph Petrosino with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role I recommend this book to anyone interested in the American history the raise of mafia in New York and Italian American history

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The Black Hand The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American HistoryCk Hand’s activities spread far beyond New York’s borders Petrosino and the all Italian police suad he assembled raced to capture members of the secret criminal society before the country’s anti immigrant tremors exploded into catastrophe Petrosino’s uest to root out the source of the Black Hand’s power would take him all the way to Sicily but at a terrible cost  Unfolding a story rich with resonance in our own era The Black Hand is fast paced narrative history at its very be. The premise sounded interesting but I just could not get into this book It was not very well written and for a non fiction book gave way too much credence to what might have happened or what the main character might have felt If I wanted that I'd read a novel

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review The Black Hand The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History Ò eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ The gripping true story of the origins of the mafia in America—and the brilliant Italian born deWere threatened with gruesome deaths The perpetrators seemed both omnipresent and invisible Their only calling card the symbol of a black hand The crimes whipped up the slavering tabloid press and heated ethnic tensions to the boiling point Standing between the American public and the Black Hand’s lawlessness was Joseph Petrosino Dubbed the “Italian Sherlock Holmes” he was a famously dogged and ingenious detective and a master of disguise As the crimes grew ever bizarre and the Bla. First let me say that this is a history book as well as a book about one man’s fight against “The Black Hand” Over the years reading about the history of the Mafia I knew that when it first arrived in the US it was called the Black Hand I had also read just small little references about Joseph Petrosino who was a detective in the NY Police He was the first Italian at a time when the police and fire were owned by the Irish This was a time when the migration from southern Italy and Sicily were at a peak Poverty levels in those two areas were great and many Italians were looking for a new start Also looking for a new start were criminals leaving both of those regions and Joseph Petrosino knew this He was a beat cop working the Italian neighborhood He could speak the language and the peddlers and people got to know him Going to his superiors and explaining his concerns fell on deaf ears until bombings started to take place This is when they made him a detective and after some kidnappings he was given some men who were now called the Italian suad Of course most New Yorkers were not concerned with a few Italians being a bomb or their children being kidnapped for most wanted them to go back to Italy This all changed though when The Black Hand moved to a richer side of Manhattan Now people wanted action and expected it right away They looked to Petrosino His ways would not work today but for back then they were perfect He also had to get people to believe that they were going to be safe in order to testify against anyone he brought to trial In one year he had 17 murder convictions which were huge in early 1900’s He would tell the NYPD and the federal government that if they did not work together and start to arrest and deport these criminals the Black Hand will only get stronger They did they became the Mafia This same meeting with the secret service he told them of a plot to kill President William McKinley in Buffalo Even after Roosevelt who was Vice President vouched for his abilities this was ignored He was later assassinated in Buffalo By 1909 Petrosino was married and had a little girl He traveled to Sicily to go over records and compile evidence to deport anyone arrested who was a criminal in Italy The problem was Police Commissioner Bingham gave an interview to a newspaper while he was abroad Now knowing that he was in their homeland and on the lookout once spotted he was assassinated in the street of Palermo This became headlines in New York The funeral was huge over 200000 people and the city declared the day a holiday His widow died in 1957 He is created with starting the first bomb suad and a lot of his crime fighting techniues are still used today The author does a good job in showing you the plight of the immigrant Italians of this time and their struggles whether it’s about the 11 lynched in New Orleans in 1891 or how a mine explosion in 1910 16 miners was killed 9 Italian and by 1910 one in five that came to the US were either killed or maimed while on the job and then had to deal with their own doing this to them If the government would have followed through with the detective's plans about deportation they could have stopped or deterred the Mafia His ideas were not used until after 911 and of course he gets no credit There is so much to this book besides a criminal aspect I focused on the other history part being Italian and my great grand came over around that time For me this was a very good book and worth the read I gave this book 5 stars Follow us at www1rad readerreviewscom