The Black Hand

The Black Hand

The Epic War Between A Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History

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Beginning in the summer of 1903 the children of Italian immigrants were kidnapped, and dozens of innocent victims were gunned down. Bombs tore apart tenement buildings. Judges, senators, Rockefellers, and society matrons were threatened with gruesome deaths. The perpetrators' only calling card: the symbol of a black hand. The tabloid press heated ethnic tensions to the boiling point. Joseph Petrosino, a dogged and ingenious detective, and the all-Italian police squad he assembled, raced to capture members of the secret criminal society before the country's anti-immigrant tremors exploded into catastrophe.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
ISBN: 9780544633384
0544633385
Characteristics: xix, 298 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Call Number: 364.106097 TAL

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Nov 25, 2017

While reading this book, I couldn't keep the phrase "the more things change, the more they stay the same" out of my head. This book details the long, hard fought road that Italian immigrants faced in the early 1900's; I kept thinking, much like the Muslim Community today. This book is ultimately forgiving of the inconsistencies American Immigrants face when they make it to our shores. But not so forgiving on the errors that killed our first Italian American Detective, Joseph Petronsino. Mr Petronsino really invented the modern American Police Detective, which means we should all know about him and his fight against the Black Hand. This non-fiction book reads like a historical mystery. If you enjoy true crime and detective stories, this book is for you.

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Jul 15, 2017

The Black Hand was the precursor of the mafia in America. Petrosino (the detective in this work) was indeed a brave man, but he was sent on a foolhardy mission to Sicily that doomed him. Recommended.

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