Biographies & Memoirs

The Outfit: The Role of Chicago's Underworld in the Shaping of Modern America

The Outfit: The Role of Chicago's Underworld in the Shaping of Modern America

It is a common misperception that all the true-life organized crime stories have been written. Yet perhaps the most compelling gangster tale is one that has been, until now, too well-hidden. This is the story of the Outfit: the secretive organized crime cartel that began its reign in prohibition-era Chicago before becoming the real puppet master of Hollywood, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C.

Prologue: Origins

Part One: The Outfit

Chapter 1: Young Turks in Charge

Chapter 2: Curly’s Racket: The Union Takeovers

Chapter 3: Playing Politics

Chapter 4: Joe’s Racket: Running the Games (The New Booze)

Part Two: Going National

Chapter 5: The Local Takeovers

Chapter 6: “Hollywood, Here We Come” (The New Booze II)

Chapter 7: Waking Up in the Dream Factory

Chapter 8: The Outfit: Back from the Brink

Chapter 9: Wire Wars

Part Three: Scandals and Investigations

Chapter 10: Playing Politics II: The Truman Connection

Chapter 11: The Parole Scandal

Chapter 12: “Senator Cow Fever” Hits Chicago

Part Four: Vegas (The New Booze III)

Chapter 13: Cohibas and Carpet Joints

Chapter 14: The Frenzied Fifties

Part Five: The G

Chapter 15: The Game’s Afoot: The G Gets Involved

Chapter 16: Courted by Old Joe Kennedy: The Outfit Arrives

Chapter 17: The Pinnacle of Power

Chapter 18: The Kennedy Double Cross: The Beginning of the End

Part Six: The Party’s Over

Chapter 19: The Outfit in Decline

Chapter 20: Endgames


Afterword: The Outfit, and Organized Crime, in Perspective

Appendix: The Outfit and Gambling


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