Mafia Allies: The True Story of America's Secret Alliance with the Mob in World War II

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9780760324578: Mafia Allies: The True Story of America's Secret Alliance with the Mob in World War II

The Mafia is one of the most feared and powerful criminal organizations the world has ever known. It was also, briefly during World War II, Americas ally--a fact that had a profound effect on the fortunes of the Fascists, and on those of the Mafia, whom Mussolini had effectively crushed.

This book brings to light a little-known chapter in the history of World War II, and of organized crime. It tells how Cesare Mori, deputized by Mussolini to "cauterize the sore of crime in Italy," waged all-out war on the Mafia in the name of fascism; and how the Allied invasion of Sicily in July 1943 (Operation Husky) gave the Mafia an opening to regain its strength--and its hold on political power--in the vacuum created by the Fascists defeat.

A provocative account of how the rise and ultimate defeat of fascism in Italy affected the worlds largest and most notorious criminal organization, Mafia Allies also illuminates a dark truth about the unexpected long-term consequences of wartime alliances of convenience.

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“Newark tells an extraordinary tale with pace and conviction, and impressively unravels what really happened from the pervasive myths”—History Today Magazine

 

“A highly readable account of a fascinating, little-known piece of Mafia history”—James Morton, author of Gangland Bosses

 

“An absorbing, widely researched and lively account which not only sheds fresh light on the Mafia, Allied intelligence operations and the workings of military government but also explodes a number of myths on the way”—Charles Messenger, editor of the Reader’s Guide to Military History

 

“An engrossing account that has the read-on factor of the finest thriller, and which shows, all too clearly, the compromises the Allies were prepared to make in the pursuit of victory”—James Holland, author of Fortress Malta and Together We Stand

 

“Tim Newark has written a compelling work on three of the most evil movements of the first half of the twentieth century. It ought to be required reading for anyone looking for insights into the period and the movements that so dominated it and the world”—Richard Hammer, author of The Last Testament of Lucky Luciano

 

 

Mafia Allies is a dramatic and provocative account of how a criminal organization brilliantly exploited the grim realities of war to revive its fortunes and dominate global crime.

 

Using first-hand testimony and declassified intelligence reports, Tim Newark traces the relationship between the Mafia, Mussolini, and Hitler , and tells the remarkable story of Mafia-Allied collaboration during World War II.

 

The author’s findings are startling. Newark shows how Jewish gangsters clashed with Nazis on the streets of New York; how Mafiosi nearly issued contracts to kill top Nazis, including Hitler; how Mafia-backed bandits conducted a guerrilla war for Sicilian independence; and how General Eisenhower was happy to arm the Mafia during the Allied invasion of Sicily. And, it reveals how the U.S. government worked with the Mafia to “protect” the docks of the American ports that were so vital in supplying the Allied armies.

 

 

From the Inside Flap:

True story of America’s wartime pact with the Mafia

 

Startling secret accounts of Mafia-U.S. collaboration

 

Eyewitness reports of the savage insurgency in Sicily

 

 

The Mafia is the most powerful criminal organization the world has ever known. This compelling new book tells the epic story of how the Mafia was nearly destroyed by Mussolini, prospered in the United States, struck a secret wartime deal with the American government, and then backed a bloody rebellion that nearly turned Sicily into an independent Mafia realm. 

 

Drawing on a wealth of eye-witness accounts, contemporary reports and declassified intelligence documents, some never published before, Mafia Allies reconstructs the relationships between the Mafia and Allied intelligence organizations, including U.S. Naval Intelligence, Office of Strategic Services, Counter Intelligence Corps, and MI6. Remarkable secret wartime documents reveal that General Eisenhower was happy to arm the Mafia during the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943 and how the British were equally willing to work with top Mafiosi during the Allied conquest of the island.

 

This gripping new book uncovers the extraordinary secrets of this collaboration in full for the first time. It provides a crucial insight into both the history of World War II and how the Mafia came to dominate global crime in the post-war world.

 

Tim Newark is the editor of Military Illustrated, the leading British military history magazine. He is the author of numerous books, including The Barbarians, War in Britain, Where They Fell, Turning the Tide of War, and Camouflage. He was also the scriptwriter and historical consultant for six television documentary series about World War II for BBC Worldwide. Tim lives in London.

 

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