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The New Ethic Mob by William Kleinknecht

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The New Ethnic Mob By: Eric M. Breindel HIS 346 Professor Salisbury Eric Breindel HIS 346 Book Report The New Ethic Mob by William Kleinknecht explores how the current criminals involved in organized crime are no longer just the Italians. He could be Cuban, Chinese, Russian, African-American, Haitian, or Jamaican. These are the new breed of more sophisticated and more brutal organized criminals. In the preface of the book Kleinknecht states not to mistake this work for a case against immigration in the United States. The author does a great job giving background information on how organized crime emerged in the early part of the nineteenth century. Then became much stronger though prohibition with Italian, Irish, and Jewish groups controlling this period. However, Kleinknecht's main focus is the new adeptness of the ethnic organized criminal. After calling and emailing William Kleinknecht many times with no response I am sorry to say that I have no background information on his current interests. I however did find out that he is a crime reporter for the Newark Star Ledger in New Jersey, and The New Ethnic Mob is Bill's first published book. As mafia boss after mafia boss goes to jail there is a new ethnic criminal emerging to the forefront of organized crime. A major player that is likely to leave a lasting impact is the Russian mafia. Many experts say they have even surpassed the Italian mafia in there cleverness. ...read more.


Even the mafia with there European ties have had to take a back seat. They are rivaling the Italians in size and cohesion. Asian organized criminals can be found in the inner city of New York or San Francisco, and they have even been known to operate in suburban areas such as Bergen County, New Jersey. California Attorney General John Van De Camp has said he could no longer cope with Asian crime with out federal help. The FBI in Los Angeles has one squad dedicated solely to Asian crime. Asian crime was never considered a top priority because most of it was occurring in Chinatown. Now it is seen as though it has paramount importance. Another factor that has made it easier for these ethnic organized criminals to flourish is the language barrier. Ways that the FBI usually obtains intelligence about a specific group is through undercover work and wire taps. Many Japanese and Vietnamese gangs use slang to communicate. Consequently it is difficult to obtain evidence on these criminals. Federal authorizes are slowly gaining knowledge, but they do admit they know very little about some of the most dangerous Cuban gangs. The general essence of the book is that traditional Italian mafia families are fading out of existence to make way for the new ethnic criminal. These new ethnic criminals from other countries are not scared or intimidated by the Italians the way it was in the middle and later part of the nineteenth century. ...read more.


Today, one would be lucky to narrow it down to fifty people from ten different ethnic groups. A help is the ethnicity of the body, but that sometimes doesn't even solve the mystery. I feel the author argued every side of the issues fairly discussing both points of view. One subject the author touched on but did not discuss as thoroughly as I would have liked is why certain ethnic groups faded out of the organized crime scene. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the new ethnic wave of organized crime. Anyone who is tired of seeing the same old information about the Italian mafia, and wants to find out up to date information on current organized crime trends. I would also recommend this book to a scholarly expert, more specifically a Criminologist. The author goes into great detail about each ethnic group's activity in organized crime. The authors writing style flows beautifully making this a particularly easy read. As Robert Merton said the Goal is emphasized not the Means. Immigrants learned this from the Robber barons such as Rockefeller and Morgan that would go any means ethical or unethical to get that dollar. This is true in today's society as with scandals such as Enron looming over us. Culture then and now are materialistic and money hungry. They equate how big ones check book is with success in life. I feel that how much money one makes does not parallel how successful of a person they are. As long as there is a preoccupation with money there will be organized crime in America. 3 ...read more.

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