Saturday, August 29, 2009

book notes

The First Family by Mike Dash

connections between proto-mob and The Godfather: Godfather was in olive oil importing, proto-mob used olive oil cans imported from Sicily to smuggle in counterfeit bills; Godfather put horse's head in bed of Hollywood producer, proto-mob would kill the draft horses of grocers who would not pay protection.

The initial Mob preference for Sicilians came from Morello getting ratted out by his Irish "queer pushers" It was sustained by the fact that the Irish had so many police officers in their community.