All-American Mafioso: The Johnny Roselli

Charles Rappleye, Author, Ed Becker, With Doubleday Books $21 (380p) ISBN 978-0-385-26676-5
Rosselli, brought to this country from Italy as a child, was a key figure in organized crime for decades until he was murdered in 1976. Los Angeles freelance journalist Rappleye and private eye Becker trace the rise of this gangster who began his career working for Al Capone, moved to Hollywood at a time when the mob was making inroads into the film industry, switched his residence to Las Vegas when the first Cosa Nostra-financed casinos were built, and played a major role in the CIA's abortive attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro. The book draws a deeply depressing picture of American life with its contention that many important figures in business and politics are beholden to the Mafia, including John Kennedy, who, the authors suggest, was killed by the mob. The biography will be much discussed. Photos not seen by PW. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/29/1991
Release date: 08/01/1991
Paperback - 380 pages - 978-1-56980-027-0
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