The Black Hand

The Black Hand

The Epic War Between A Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History

eBook - 2017
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Chronicles the dramatic story of the origins of the mafia in early twentieth-century America and the achievements of Italian-born detective Joseph Petrosino, who gave his life to fight it.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2017
ISBN: 9780544635357
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xix, 298 pages) : illustrations
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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CMLibrary_gjd_0 Nov 25, 2017

While reading this book, I couldn't keep the phrase "the more things change, the more they stay the same" out of my head. This book details the long, hard fought road that Italian immigrants faced in the early 1900's; I kept thinking, much like the Muslim Community today. This book is ultimately forgiving of the inconsistencies American Immigrants face when they make it to our shores. But not so forgiving on the errors that killed our first Italian American Detective, Joseph Petronsino. Mr Petronsino really invented the modern American Police Detective, which means we should all know about him and his fight against the Black Hand. This non-fiction book reads like a historical mystery. If you enjoy true crime and detective stories, this book is for you.

Jul 15, 2017

The Black Hand was the precursor of the mafia in America. Petrosino (the detective in this work) was indeed a brave man, but he was sent on a foolhardy mission to Sicily that doomed him. Recommended.

Jun 13, 2017

About a people that had the power of life and death on there finger tips..
.. ooohhh.. scary!!


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