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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Mafia Spies

Title : Mafia Spies
Author : Thomas Maier
Genre: Nonfiction ( True Crime)
Mafia Spies is the definitive account of America’s most remarkable espionage plots ever—with CIA agents, mob hitmen, “kompromat” sex, presidential indiscretion, and James Bond-like killing devices together in a top-secret mystery full of surprise twists and deadly intrigue. In the early 1960s, two top gangsters, Johnny Roselli and Sam Giancana, were hired by the CIA to kill Cuba’s Communist leader, Fidel Castro, only to wind up murdered themselves amidst Congressional hearings and a national debate about the JFK assassination. 

Mafia Spies revolves around the outlaw friendship of these two mob buddies and their fascinating world of CIA spies, fellow Mafioso in Chicago, Cuban exile commandos in Miami, beautiful Hollywood women, famous entertainers like Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack in Las Vegas, Castro’s own spies in Havana and his double agents hidden in Florida, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI snooping, and the Kennedy administration’s “Get Castro” obsession in Washington. Thomas Maier is among the first to take full advantage of the National Archives’ 2017–18 release of the long-suppressed JFK files, many of which deal with the CIA’s top secret anti-Castro operation in Florida and Cuba. 

With several new investigative findings, Mafia Spies is a spy exposé, murder mystery, and shocking true story that recounts America’s first foray into the assassination business, a tale with profound impact for today’s Trump era. Who killed Johnny and Sam—and why wasn’t Castro assassinated despite the CIA’s many clandestine efforts

My thoughts:
Rating: 4.5
Would I recommend it? yes
Will I read anything else by this author? maybe
At the time I  read this I had no idea any of this ever happened , because I don't ever remember reading or hear anything about this at all, so as soon as I saw it , i knew I had to request it , and what a story it tells. Because it basically  lays out the real story (based on information which has become available with the passage of time), fills in the gaps and connects the dots, so that we have a better understanding of the secretive world of the early 1960s as well brings the characters to live , as well as their lives and how it was back in 1960. 

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