Books on Organized Crime
reviewed by Klaus von Lampe


This section of the "organized crime research"-site comprises reviews of academic and journalistic books on organized crime and related topics that address different events, persons and structures in various countries. The books are reviewed from an organized crime researcher's perspective. The overriding question always is: What does the particular book contribute to a better understanding of organized crime?
The reviewed books are either more or less recent publications or significant enough that I think they should not be forgotten.
Most reviews are available in English, some only in German.
I invite all authors and publishers to send me review copies of any new books on organized crime (see contact details). Comments on my reviews are also welcome.

Please note the book announcements at the bottom of this page!

Adamoli, Sabrina, et al.
Organised Crime Around the World
Helsinki: HEUNI, 1998
177 p.
Barger, Ralph 'Sonny', with Keith and Kent Zimmerman
Hell's Angel: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and The Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club
London: Fourth Estate, 2000
259 p.
Bergreen, Laurence
Capone: The Man and the Era
New York et al.: Simon and Schuster, 1994
701 p.
Bernstein, Lee
The Greatest Menace: Organized Crime in Cold War America
Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2002
237 p.
Besozzi, Claudio
Illegal, legal - egal? Zu Entstehung, Struktur und Auswirkungen illegaler Märkte
(Illegal, legal - so what? On the emergence, structure and impacts of illegal markets)
Berne, Switzerland: Verlag Paul Haupt, 2001
218 p.
Black, Christopher, and Tom Vander Beken
Reporting on Organised Crime
Antwerpen: Maklu, 2001
117 p.
Braun, Norman, et al.
Illegale Märkte für Heroin und Kokain
(Illegal markets for heroin and cocaine)
Berne, Switzerland: Verlag Paul Haupt, 2001
235 p.
Cañon, Luis
Pablo Escobar: Leben und plötzlicher Tod des Kokainkönigs
(Pablo Escobar: Life and Sudden Death of the King of Cocaine; original title: Pablo The World Godfather of Cocaine)
Berlin: Aufbau-Verlag, 1994
395 p.
Catanzaro, Raimondo
Men of Respect: A Social History of the Sicilian Mafia
New York: The Free Press, 1992
246 p.
Decker, Scott H., Townsend Chapman, Margaret
Drug Smugglers on Drugs Smuggling: Lessons from the Inside
Philadelphia, Temple University Press, 2008
209 p.
Desroches, Frederick J.
The Crime That Pays: Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in Canada
Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press Inc., 2005
238 p.
van Duyne, Petrus, et al.
Financial Investigation of Crime: A tool of the integral law enforcement approach
The Hague: Koninklijke Vermande, 2001
201 p.
Einstein, Stanley, and Menachem Amir (eds.)
Organized Crime: Uncertainties and Dilemmas
Chicago: Office of International Criminal Justice, 1999
550 p.
Feraru, Peter
Muskel-Adolf & Co.: Die "Ringvereine" und das organisierte Verbrechen in Berlin
(Muscle Adolf & Partners: The "Ringvereine" and organized crime in Berlin)
Berlin: Argon, 1995
224 p.
Finckenauer, James, and Yuri A. Voronin
The Threat of Russian Organized Crime
Washington D.C.: U.S. Department of Justice, 2001
33 p.
Finckenauer, James, and Elin Waring
Russian Mafia in America
Boston: Northeastern University, 1998
303 p.
Gallwitz, Adolf, and Manfred Paulus
Grünkram: Die Kinder-Sex-Mafia in Deutschland
(Green Stuff: The Child-Sex-Mafia in Germany)
Hilden: Verlag Deutsche Polizeiliteratur, 1998
175 p.
Griffin, Joe, with Don DeNevi
Mob Nemesis: How the FBI Crippled Organized Crime
Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 2002
336 p.
Griffin, Sean Patrick
Philadelphia's 'Black Mafia': A Social and Political History
Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic, 2003
210 p.
Gruppo Abele (managing editor: Monica Massari)
Synthetic Drugs Trafficking in Three European Cities: Major Trends and the Involvement of Organised Crime
Turin, Italy: Gruppo Abele, 2003
232 p.
Gruppo Abele-Nomos, Legambiente, GEPEC-EC (managing editor: Monica Massari)
The Illegal Trafficking in Hazardous Waste in Italy and Spain: Final Report
Rome, Italy: 2003
96 p.
Hamacher, Hans-Werner
Deutschland im Visier: Organisiertes Verbrechen
(Germany in the sights of organized crime)
Leipzig, Germany: Militzke, 2000
221 p.
Heck, Meinrad
Der Flowtex-Skandal: Wie Politik und Fiskus jahrelang von einem gigantischen Wirtschaftsbetrug profitierten
(The Flowtex scandal: How politics and revenue service for many years profited from a gigantic case of business fraud)
Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 2006
204 p.
Hesselbarth, Marie-Claire, and Torsten Haag
Kinderpornografie
(Child pornography)
Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Verlag für Polizeiwissenschaft, 2004
104 p.
Horton, Sue
The Billionaire Boys Club
New York: St. Martin's Paperbacks, 1990
354 p.
Jacobs, James B., with Coleen Friel and Robert Radick
Gotham Unbound: How New York City Was Liberated from the Grip of Organized Crime
New York: New York University Press, 1999
329 p.
Kinzig, Jörg
Die rechtliche Bewältigung von Erscheinungsformen organisierter Kriminalität
(The legal response to organized crime phenomena)
Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2004
849 p.
Lacey, Robert
Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1991
691 p.
Lehr, Dick, and Gerard O'Neill
Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob
New York: Perennial, 2001
389 p.
Liddick, Donald R. Jr.
Global Underworld: Transnational Crime and the United States
Westport, CT: Praeger, 2004
159 p.
Lupo, Salvatore
History of the Mafia
New York: Columbia University Press, 2009
328 p.
Maas, Peter
Underboss: Sammy The Bull Gravano's Story of Life in the Mafia
New York: Harper Collins, 1997
308 p.
Mahan, Sue (ed.), with Katherine O'Neil
Beyond the Mafia: Organized Crime in the Americas
Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 1998
257 p.
Marks, Howard
Mr. Nice
London: Vintage, 1998
466 p.
McCoy, Alfred W.
The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade, Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, Central America
Chicago: Lawrence Hill, 2003
710 p.
McIllwain, Jeffrey Scott
Organizing Crime in Chinatown
Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2004
250 p.
Miehling, Ronald, with Helge Timmerberg
Schneekönig: Mein Leben als Drogenboss
(Snow king: my life as drug boss)
Reinbek, Germany: Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag, 2004
157 p.
Murano, Vincent, with William Hoffer
Cop Hunter
New York: Pocket Books, 1991
300 p.
Mustain, Gene, and Jerry Capeci
Mob Star: The Story of John Gotti
Indianapolis: Alpha Books, 2002
378 p.
Mustain, Gene, and Jerry Capeci
Murder Machine
New York: Dutton, 1992
418 p.
Naylor, R.T.
Wages of Crime: Black Markets, Illegal Finance, and the Underworld Economy
Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2002
336 p.
Paoli, Letizia
Mafia Brotherhoods: Organized Crime, Italian Style
New York: Oxford University Press, 2003
289 p.
Pearson, Geoffrey, and Dick Hobbs
Middle market drug distribution
London: Home Office, 2001
81 p.
Pütter, Norbert
Der OK-Komplex: Organisierte Kriminalität und ihre Folgen für die Polizei in Deutschland
(The OC complex: organized crime and its consequences for the police in Germany)
Münster: Verlag Westfälisches Dampfboot, 1998
450 p.
Ragano, Frank, and Selwyn Raab
Mob Lawyer
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1994
372 p.
Rixdorf, Werner
Klaus Speer: Eine Legende?
(Klaus Speer: A legend?)
Berlin: Verlag Das Neue Berlin, 1995
256 p.
Rixdorf, Werner
Das steinerne Gesicht: Der Pate von Danzig Nikodem Skotarczak
(The Stone Face: The Godfather of Gdansk Nikodem Skotarczak)
Berlin: Karin Kramer Verlag, 1993
167 p.
Rockaway, Robert A.
But - He Was Good To His Mother: The Lives and Crimes of Jewish Gangsters
Jerusalem: Gefen Publishing House, 1993
264 p.
Roth, Jürgen
Der Oligarch: Vadim Rabinovich bricht das Schweigen
(The Oligarch: Vadim Rabinovich breaks the silence)
Hamburg/Wien: Europa Verlag, 2001
299 p.
Roth, Jürgen
Ermitteln verboten!
(Investigating prohibited!)
Frankfurt am Main: Eichborn, 2004
272 p.
Roth, Jürgen, Rainer Nübel und Rainer Fromm
Anklage unerwünscht! Korruption und Willkür in der deutschen Justiz
(Indictment not wanted! Corruption and arbitrariness in the German Justice System)
Frankfurt am Main: Eichborn, 2007
304 p.
Ruggiero, Vincenzo
Organized and Corporate Crime in Europe: Offers that Can't Be Refused
Aldershot et al.: Dartmouth, 1996
186 p.
Siegel, Dina, Henk van de Bunt, and Damian Zaitch (eds.)
Global Organized Crime: Trends and Developments
Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003
199 p.
Smith, Greg B.
Made Men: The True Rise-and-Fall-Story of a New Jersey Mob Family
New York: Berkeley Books, 2003
324 p.
Smith, Zay N., and Pamela Zekman
The Mirage
New York: Random House, 1979
257 p.
Volkman, Ernest
Gangbusters: The Destruction of America's Last Great Mafia Dynasty
New York: Avon Books, 1999
332 p.
Woodiwiss, Michael
Organized Crime and American Power: A History
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001
468 p.
Zaitch, Damián
Trafficking Cocaine: Colombian Drug Entrepreneurs in the Netherlands
The Hague: Kluwer Law International, 2002
335 p.
Ziegler, Jean
Die Barbaren kommen: Kapitalismus und organisiertes Verbrechen
(The Barbarians are coming: capitalism and organized crime) München: C. Bertelsmann, 1998
282 p.

Book Announcements

von Lampe, Klaus
Organized Crime: Begriff und Theorie organisierter Kriminalität in den USA
(Organized Crime: Concept and Theory of Organized Crime in the U.S.)
Frankfurt/M., Germany: Peter Lang, 1999
391 p.
van Duyne, Petrus, Klaus von Lampe, Nikos Passas (eds.)
Upperworld and Underworld in Cross-Border Crime
Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2002
198 p.
van Duyne, Petrus, Klaus von Lampe, James L. Newell (eds.)
Criminal Finances and Organising Crime in Europe
Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2003
215 p.
van Duyne, Petrus, Matjaz Jager, Klaus von Lampe, James L. Newell (eds.)
Threats and Phantoms of Organised Crime, Corruption and Terrorism: Critical European Perspectives
Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2004
273 p.
van Duyne, Petrus, Klaus von Lampe, Maarten van Dijck, James L. Newell (eds.)
The Organised Crime Economy: Managing Crime Markets in Europe
Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2005
290 p.
van Duyne, Petrus, Almir Maljevic, Maarten van Dijck, Klaus von Lampe, James L. Newell (eds.)
The Organisation of Crime for Profit: Conduct, Law and Measurement
Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2006
205 p.
van Duyne, Petrus, Almir Maljevic, Maarten van Dijck, Klaus von Lampe, Jackie Harvey (eds.)
Crime Business and Crime Money in Europe: The Dirty Linen of Illicit Enterprise
Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2007
267 p.
van Duyne, Petrus C., Jackie Harvey, Almir Maljevic, Miroslav Scheinost, Klaus von Lampe (eds.)
European crime-markets at cross-roads: Extended and extending criminal Europe
Nijmegen: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2008
386 p.

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