New Books – 10/14/15!!

We have some new books hitting the shelves, today, and if you like books about organized crime, this is your lucky day! ūüôā We also have some new fiction titles, a little bit of history, and a pinch of home improvement for your reading enjoyment.

Mafia: The History of the Mob by Nigel Cawthorne Organized crime is perhaps the most fascinating phenomenon of our time. From Al Capone, who boldly claimed his bootlegging activities were a public service, to the flamboyant Teflon Don, John Gotti, the criminals of the underworld have garnered headlines and captured our imagination with their violent and extravagant lifestyles.

Mafia¬†is an absorbing introduction to the mob’s most influential personalities – their lives, loves and terrible crimes. It also provides an in-depth history of the role of Mob in Sicily and America.

For anyone who wants to know the truth about organized crime and understand the violent forces that have shaped it over the last century, this book is an indispensable guide.

Mafia Prince by Philip Leonetti¬†Mafia Prince¬†is the first person account of one of the most brutal eras in Mafia history – “Little Nicky” Scarfo’s reign as boss of the Philadelphia family in the 1980’s – written by Scarfo’s underboss and nephew, “Crazy Phil” Leonetti.

The youngest-ever underboss at the age of 33, Leonetti was at the crux of the violent breakup of the traditional American Mafia in the 1980’s when he infiltrated Atlantic City after gambling was legalized,a nd later turned state’s evidence against his own. His testimony led directly to the convictions of dozens of high-ranking men including John Gotti, Vincent Gigante, and the downfall of his own uncle, Nick Scarfo – sparking the beginning of the end of¬†La Cosa Nostra¬†(the insiders’ term for the Mafia, translated as “This Thing of Ours”).

The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno by Bill Bonanno and Gary B. Abromovitz¬†Born into a powerful mob Family, Salvatore “Bill” Bonanno was privy to a private world that existed just outside the law for decades in America – a world ruled by the tenets of loyalty, secrecy, brotherhood, and survival at any cost: the Mafia.

The son of Joe Bonanno – the Godfather-like head of one of the original five New York crime Families – Bill Bonanno came of age in the Golden Age of the Mafia. In this fascinating final testament he ushers readers into that cloistered world, from its origins in medieval Sicilian and Italian history to its rise, tumultuous peak, and precipitous fall in America. Told from the inside – and complete with rare and unpublished photographs of candid moments, major players, rituals, and ceremonies –¬†The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno¬†is the ultimate insider’s final word on one of the most secretive and misunderstood phenomena of our time.

Unlce Al Capone by Deirdre Marie Capone¬†For all the dissension, for all the pain, there comes a moment in our lives where we have to stand up and say, “This – the good and the bad – is who I am.”

For Deirdre Marie Capone there came a time to confess to her children, grandchildren and even herself that, yes, they were members of the storied Capone crime family. From her ancestral roots in Angri, Italy to the family’s move to Brooklyn and later Chicaco, Deirdre Marie Capone offers the portrait of an American family and her favorite Uncle, endlessly depicted as the iconic mastermind behind some of the century’s most brutal killings.

Paddy Whacked by T.J. English¬†Here is the shocking true saga of the Irish American mob. In¬†Paddy Whacked,¬†bestselling author and organized crime expert T.J. English brings to life nearly two centuries of Irish American gangsterism, which spawned such unforgettable characters as Mike “King Mike” McDonald, Chicago’s subterranean godfather; Big Bill Dwyer, New York’s most notorious rumrunner during Prohibition; Mickey Featherstone, troubled Vietnam vet turned Westies gang leader; and James “Whitey” Bulger, the ruthless and untouchable Southie legend. Stretching from the earliest New York and New Orleans street wars through decades of bootlegging scams, union strikes, gang wars, and FBI investigations,¬†Paddy Whacked¬†is a riveting tour de force that restores the Irish American gangster to his rightful preeminent place in our criminal history – and penetrates to the heart of the American experience.

The Mexican Mafia by Tony Rafael It has been called the most dangerous gang in American history. In Los Angeles alone it is responsible for over 100 homicides per year. Although it has fewer than 300 members, it controls a 40,000-strong street army that is eager to advance its agenda. Known only on the streets for over fifty years, the Mexican Mafia has flown under the radar of public awareness and has flourished beneath a deep cover of secrecy. Members are forbidden even to acknowledge its existence.

For the first time in its history, the Mexican Mafia is now getting the attention it has been striving to avoid. In this briskly written and thoroughly researched book, Tony Rafael looks at the birth and the blood-soaked growth of this criminal enterprise through the eyes of the victims, dropouts, cops, and D.A.s on the front lines of the war against the Mexican Mafia.

The first book ever published on the subject, The Mexican Mafia is a pioneering work that unveils the operations of this California prison gang and describes how it grew from a small clique of inmates into a transnational criminal organization. As the first prison gang ever to project its power beyond prison wall, the Mexican Mafia controls virtually every Hispanic neighborhood in Southern California and is rapidly expanding its influence across the country. Riding a wave of unchecked immigration and seemingly beyond the reach of law enforcement, the Mexican Mafia is poised to become the Cosa Nostra of twenty-first America.

The Mafia Encyclopedia by Carl Sifakis¬†From bootlegger Al Capone to “Teflon Don” John Gotti, mobsters have long frightened and fascinated the public. Their sometimes flamboyant but almost always violent lifestyles have inspired popular movies such as¬†The Godfather¬†and hit television shows like¬†The Sopranos,¬†but these romanticized depictions fall far short of the brutal reality of the criminal underworld.

The Mafia Encyclopedia, Third Edition¬†offers an unflinching survey of the mob’s most influential personalities; their power struggles, crimes, and rackets; and their unique culture and jargon. Completely updated to cover the five main Mafia families, the history of the Mafia, current cases, international and associated crime groups, and Mafia customs and practices, this essential reference contains more than 500 entries, more than 100 photographs, and an all-new time line of Mafia history.¬†

Entries include:

  • Albert Anastasia
  • Vincent “The Chin” Gigante
  • Sammy “The Bull” Gravano
  • “FBI badfellas”
  • Peter Gotti
  • “Lovefellas”
  • Joseph C. Massino
  • Prison gangs and the Mafia
  • The Sopranos
  • The Valachi Papers

Five Families by Selwyn Raab¬†For half a century, the American mafia outwitted, outmaneuvered, and outgunned the FBI and otehr police agencies, wreaking unparalleled damage on America’s social fabric and business enterprises while emerging as the nation’s most formidable crime empire. The vanguard of this criminal juggernaut is still led by the Mafia’s most potent and largest borgatas: New York’s Five Families.

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 others. This definitive history brings the reader 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. Fully revised and updated, this paper back features a new epilogue focusing on the trial of the notorious “Mafia Cops.”

Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass¬†Before Amberly came to the palace . . . She was a Four in love with a One. Before Maxon met the girl of his dreams . . . He was the boy of someone else’s. Before Aspen opened his heart to someone new . . . He was determined to fight for his first love. And before Marlee could fall for a prince . . . She was swept off her feet by a guard.

House Arrest by K.A. Holt Stealing is bad. 

Yeah.

I know.

But my brother Levi is always so sick,

and his medicine is always so expensive.

I didn’t think anyone would notice,

if I took that credit card,

if, in one stolen second,

I bought Levi’s medicine.

But someone did notice.

Now I have to prove I’m not a delinquent,

I’m not a total bonehead.

That one quick second turned into

juvie

a judge

a year of house arrest

a year of this court-ordered journal,

a year to avoid messing up

and being sent back to juvie

so fast my head will spin.

It’s only 1 year.

Only 52 weeks.

Only 365 days.

Only 8,760 hours.

Only 525,600 minutes.

What could go wrong?

Bound to Darkness by Lara Adrian Carys Chase is accustomed to making her own rules and letting her heart lead the way Рno matter what anyone else has to say about it. A rare Breed female and a daywalker as well, headstrong, beautiful Carys is one of the most powerful of her kind. She lives passionately and loves without limits, especially when it comes to the lethal cage-fighting Breed warrior called Rune.

Unbeatable in the ring, Rune exists in a brutal world of blood and bone and death. He’s made his share of enemies both in and out of the arena, and his secrets run as deep and turbulent as his past. A dangerous loner who has survived by his fists and fangs, Rune has never allowed anyone to get too close to him . . . until Carys. But when the bodies buried in his past rise up to threaten his present, Rune must choose between betraying Carys’s trust or putting her in the crosshairs of a battle neither of them can hope to win on their own.

PT 109 by William Doyle¬†In the early morning darkness of August 2, 1943, during a chaotic nighttime skirmish amid the Solomon Islands, the Japanese destroyer¬†Amagiri¬†barreled through thick fog and struck the U.S. Navy’s motor torpedo boat PT 109, splitting the craft nearly in half and killing two American sailors instantly. The sea erupted in flames as the 109’s skipper, John F. Kennedy, and the ten surviving crewmen under his command desperately clung to the sinking wreckage; 1,200 feet of ink-black, shark-infested water loomed beneath. “All hands lost,” came the reports back to the Americans’ base: no rescue was coming for the men of PT 109. Their desperate ordeal was just beginning – so too was one of the most remarkable tales of World War II, one whose astonishing afterlife would culminate two decades later in the White House.

Drawing on original interviews with the last living links to the events, previously untapped Japanese wartime archives, and a wealth of archival documents from the Kennedy Library, including a lost first-hand account by JFK himself, bestselling author William Doyle has crafted a thrilling and definitive account of the sinking of PT 109 and its shipwrecked crew’s heroics. Equally fascinating is the story’s second act, in which Doyle explores in new detail how this extraordinary episode shaped Kennedy’s character and fate, proving instrumental to achieving his presidential ambitions: “Without PT 109, there never would have been a President John F. Kennedy,” declared JFK aide David Powers.

Featuring castaways on a deserted island, a spy network of Solomon Island natives, an Australian coast watcher hidden on the side of a volcano, an S.O.S. note carved into a coconut, and a daring rescue attempt led by Kennedy’s fellow American PT boats,¬†PT 109¬†is an unforgettable American epic of war and destiny.

Ranger’s Apprentice: The Tournament at Gorlan by John Flanagan¬†When Halt and Crowley discover that the ambitious Morgarath has been infiltrating the Rangers in order to corrupt the Corps, the young Rangers travel north to find Prince Duncan, seeking a royal warrant to stop Morgarath before it is too late. By weakening the Rangers, the most powerful force in support of the King, Morgarath plans to steal the throne.

Yet when Halt and Crowley arrive in Gorlan, they discover just how close Morgarath’s scheme is to success. Morgarath has a plan to discredit the Prince and alienate him from his father. At the same time, the Baron of Gorlan has been conspiring to win the trust and admiration of the Council of Barons to further his plan. If the young Rangers are to prevent the coup from succeeding, they will have to tread a dangerous path, which leads them to a thrilling climax at the annual tournament at Gorlan, where a series of bitter duels must be fought and won.¬†

This origin story brings readers to a time before Will was an apprentice, and lays the groundwork for the epic battles that will culminate with¬†The Ruins of Gorlan¬†and¬†The Burning Bridge –¬†Books 1 and 2 of the Ranger’s Apprentice series.

Hidden Heroism by Robert B. Edgerton¬†In¬†Hidden Heroism,¬†Robert Edgerton investigates the history of African-American participation in American wars, from the French and Indian War to the present. He argues that blacks in American society have long-suffered from a “natural coward” stereotype that is implicit in the racism propagated from America’s earliest days, and often intensified as blacks slowly received freedom in American society. For instance, black served admirably in various wars, returned home after their service to short-term recognition, and then soon found themselves even more seriously entrenched in a racist system because they were perceived as a threat to whites. This was true, Edgerton argues, until the civil rights movement and Vietnam, though the stereotypes have not been fully eradicated. In this book, Edgerton provides an accessible and well-informed tour through this little-known but significant aspect of race in American military history.

Masonry Heaters by Ken Matesz¬†Masonry Heaters¬†is a complete guide to designing and living with one of the oldest and most efficient heating devices. A masonry heater’s design and luxurious, radiant heat redefine the hearth for the modern era. Matesz demonstrates how the heat from a masonry heater is similar to that of the sun because it is¬†genuine¬†heat rather than insulation against the¬†loss¬†of heat. The masonry heater is durable, simple to service, dependable, and healthy. It is also an investment in self-sufficiency and freedom from fossil fuels. The book discusses different masonry heater designs, including European variations, and offers a new understanding of massive heat storage and gentle-but-persistent radiant heat.

Those who are looking to build, add onto, or renovate a house will find comprehensive and practical advice for designing and installing a masonry heater, including detailed discussion of materials, code considerations, and many photos and illustrations. Masonry Heaters provides every homeowner, builder, or contractor with the tools they need to transform a home into a warm sanctuary.

We’ll see you soon!! ūüôā

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