Hot Sheet: Spiders and Mobsters and Pop Stars (Oh My!)
BY Advocate.com Editors
May 02 2014 6:46 PM ET
4. BOOK: The Mob and the City: The Hidden History of How the Mafia Captured New York, C. Alexander Hortis
Anyone who reflects fondly on New York City's seedy but beloved past simply must give due credit to the Italian mobsters who basically ran the Big Apple between the 1930s and the 1950s. In his revealing, exhaustive, and fascinating report, author and journalist C. Alexander Hortis uncovers never-before-seen documents that shed a new light on just how involved the infamous Cosa Nostra syndicate was in all things shady in the city, inciting violence, managing the drug trade, and yes, even backing numerous gay bars. Available in hardcover and as an e-book Tuesday; preorder at Amazon. —Sunnivie Brydum
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