Based on primary source documents, this historical study establishes the interconnections between private violence and political, social, and economic life in New York from 1930-1950. By describing and analyzing both the social world and social system of organized crime, Block provides a new perspective, one based on racial and ethnic stereotypes. The book provides a penetrating look at one of the most misunderstood aspects of American society, important for historians, criminologists and sociologists.

chapter 1|16 pages

Myth and Reality

part |110 pages

Part 1

chapter 2|22 pages

Tiger Rag

chapter 3|22 pages

Broadway Lament

chapter 4|32 pages

The Special Prosecutor

chapter 5|32 pages


part |110 pages

Part 2

chapter 6|34 pages

Syndicates and Vice

chapter 7|38 pages

Power and the Urban Economy

chapter 8|36 pages

To Discipline and Punish

part |22 pages


chapter 9

Organizing Crime