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The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia: Corn Sugar and Blood

The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia Corn Sugar and Blood Rick Porrello writes about the important connection with mega mobsters Charles Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky the Cleveland mob s move to Las Vegas and the first top level national meeting of the Si

  • Title: The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia: Corn Sugar and Blood
  • Author: Rick Porrello
  • ISBN: 9781569800584
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Rick Porrello writes about the important connection with mega mobsters Charles Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky, the Cleveland mob s move to Las Vegas, and the first top level national meeting of the Sicilian American Mafia.

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    1 thought on “The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia: Corn Sugar and Blood

    1. As one of the few resources on the early years of the Cleveland Mafia, the book was rather short. There was also minimal transition between the Lonardo-Porrello Feud and the Mayfield Road Gang. I also would have liked to see more information about the interactions between the Italian and Jewish crime rings.

    2. I read this book because I am acquainted with the author and his brother, both of whom are accomplished jazz musicians, and grandsons to Raymond Porrello, one of the seven Porrello brothers who were involved with the Sugar Wars. The family resemblence is pretty stunning. I've come away from this book heartbroken for the Porrello family. As noted in the introduction, I can understand why his the author's father wasn't initially supportive of the project. Those are some deep wounds. I hope the wri [...]

    3. A true crime story told by the grandson of a Cleveland gangster, who happens also be a cop. The writing isn't perfect, there are too many names to keep straight, but I respect the narrator. His story is personal and real.

    4. This is an excellent, in depth look into the Cleveland Mafia, especially during the Prohibition era. If you're like me, with family roots in the area, this is even more meaningful. I had fun tracking locations that overlapped with my family and matching some stories about bootleggers outside the mob (and what tragically happened to them).

    5. Nice historical summary of the Cleveland mafia wars of the 1920s & 30s during the Prohibition era. Goes into detail of the "Corn Sugar Wars" between elements of two competing organized crime groups at the time, the Lonardos and the Porrellos. As those two families were weakened due to mob killings, the Mayfield Road Mob began to cement its hold on organized criminal activity in Cleveland. After New York and Chicago, it was said that Cleveland's mob scene was the next biggest. A lot of histor [...]

    6. Being an Italian American from the Cleveland area I feel vested in the roots of my town and it's culture. This book was an informative look into organized crime in Northeast Ohio. Although Perello is not the strongest writer he pulled together several interesting facts about the roots of the Cleveland Mafia (and specifically his family). This book will give you a greater appreciation for the city of Cleveland and it's ties to the crime in American History.

    7. Interesting topic but very poorly written. Well researched but badly presented and biased. I got through this by putting post it notes to mark the parts that annoyed me most. On the other hand, by the end I came to appreciate the Italian Cleveland cop voice of the author coming through. It was okay.

    8. There was definitely a lot of information. I happen to know the author of the book so that makes it very cool. I have also recognized many of the names in the story which makes it seem much more realistic. As I was reading I couldn't believe all the events that basically shaped our city of Cleveland.

    9. Great story about the rise and fall of the Cleveland Mob. Interesting perspective considering one of the murdered mom men is the authors grandfather. Even more interesting is the fact that Rick is now a Policeman. Great book for Mob enthusiasts.

    10. Having lived in Cleveland many of the names and places were familiar to me and during that time the Cleveland mob was dismantled and neutralized by the FBI. Bravo!!

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