Gangsters of Harlem

Gangsters of Harlem
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Publication Year: February 2010
Format: Paperback & Hardcover
Length: 288 Pages
ASIN: 156980365X
ISBN: 9781569803653

For the first time ever, author Ron Chepesiuk chronicles the little-known history of organized crime in Harlem.

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About the Book

For the first time ever, author Ron Chepesiuk chronicles the little-known history of organized crime in Harlem. African-American organized crime has had as significant an impact on its constituent community as Italian, Jewish, and Irish organized crime has had on theirs. Harlem’s gangsters are every bit as colorful, intriguing, and powerful as Al Capone and Lucky Luciano and have a fascinating history in gambling, prostitution, and drug dealing. In the late 1800s, Harlem was a highly fashionable neighborhood. A real-estate collapse shortly after the turn of the century emptied its neighborhoods of white residents, and by the 1930s, two-thirds of New York City’s African-Americans were living in Harlem. The numbers game (Bolito) and drugs became the key factors in the development of organized crime in Harlem. Heroin dealing increased significantly for Harlem gangsters after the French Connection’s fall in the early 1970s, paving the way for the No Fear Gang, the Family, and the Nine Trey Gang to arrive on the scene in the 1980s.  In this riveting, vivid account, Chepesiuk tells the largely unknown story of organized crime in Harlem through in-depth profiles of the major gangs and motley gangsters whose exploits made them legends.

About the Author
Ron Chepesiuk

Ron was a university professor before getting the writing bug. Now he is an award-winning author, two-time Fulbright Scholar recipient to Indonesia and Bangladesh, an adjunct instructor in UCLA's Extension Journalism program and a consultant to the History Channel's "Gangland" documentary series. Ron is the author of twenty-four books and more than 4,000 magazine, newspaper and Internet articles on a wide range of topics, from science to entertainment. His celebrity interviews include Yasser Arafat, Jimmy Carter, Abbie Hoffman, Noam Chomsky, Evander Holyfield, Andy McDowall, and many others. He has been interviewed by the History Channel, Biography Channel, Investigative Discovery, Black Entertainment Television and NBC Dateline and other media.

Among other awards, two of his books, "Drugs Lords" and "Gangsters of Harlem", were selected finalists for Foreword magazine's 2007 True Crime Book of the Year. "Gangsters Harlem" won honorable mention. A third book, "Black Gangsters of Chicago" won a silver medal in the Independent Book Publishers Association's 2007 True Crime Book of the Year. "Black Gangsters of Chicago" also won first place in the African American nonfiction category of the U.S. Book News "Best Books 2007" award. Both "Black Gangsters of Chicago" and "Gangsters of Harlem" were finalists for the award in the true crime category and "Drug Lords" won honorable mention in the general nonfiction category of the 2008 London Book Festival.

A native of Thunder Bay, Canada, Ron resides in South Carolina when not on assignment around the world. He hopes someday to write an award-winning screenplay based on one of his books.

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