Organised crime is perhaps the most infamous 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 lavish and violent lifestyles. A complete History of the mafia presents and exciting and accessible introduction to the mob's most influential perpetrators and personalities - their crimes, schemes, hangouts and their unique culture and jargon. It also provides and in-depth history of the role of the mafia in Sicily and America. For anyone who wants to know the truth about organised crime and understands the violent forces the have shaped it over the last century, this book is an indispensable guide.