T.J. English

  • La Corporation, c'est le nom que s'est elle-même donné l'organisation mafieuse la plus prospère des États-Unis au cours de la deuxième moitié du XXe siècle.
    S'appuyant sur la communauté cubaine exilée en Floride, profondément humiliée par la déroute de la baie des Cochons, un ancien policier de La Havane, Pedro Miguel Battle, a bâti un empire financier à la vitesse de l'éclair à partir d'une loterie illégale, la bolita, qui lui a vite assuré des revenus colossaux. Bientôt considérée comme plus dangereuse que la Cosa Nostra, cette entité criminelle ultra-violente a étendu son influence le long de la côte Est jusqu'à New York en investissant tous les rayons du crime organisé : trafic de cocaïne, rackets en tous genres, blanchiment de dizaines de millions de dollars à travers d'innombrables sociétés écrans.
    Raconter l'ascension vertigineuse de ce parrain cubain, c'est aussi revenir sur l'acharnement d'un flic, David Shanks, qui a consacré sa vie à la lutte contre El Padrino, ses moyens illimités et ses tueurs sans pitié. Il a fallu dix ans d'enquête à T.J. English pour remonter le fil de cette histoire rigoureusement inédite de la mafia cubaine aux États-Unis qui se lit comme une saga d'une des plus grandes familles criminelles américaines des dernières décennies.

  • It was a time of hope and desperation, a time of reckoning . . .In the early 1960s, the Mad Men era, a mood of menace gripped New York City. The crime rate was growing and violence was becoming a daily reality for citizens in every neighbourhood. At the centre of the unrest was a poisonous divide between two camps: the deeply corrupt and racist police of the era and the African American community.Then, on 28 August 1963 - the day on which Martin Luther King Jr stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and declared, 'I have a dream' - two young white women were murdered in their Manhattan apartment. The killings struck fear through the city and ignited a ten-year saga of racial violence and unrest.An epic true-life story of murder, injustice and defiance, The Savage City draws on interviews with participants and extensive research to tell the stories of three very different New Yorkers - an innocent man wrongly accused of murder, a corrupt cop and a militant Black Panther - and to explore this traumatic decade in the city's history.

  • Anglais The Westies

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    Even among the Mob, the Westies were feared. Out of a partnership between two sadistic thugs - James Coonan and Mickey Featherstone - the gang dominated the decaying slice of New York City's West Side known as Hell's Kitchen in the 1970s and '80s. Excelling in extortion, numbers running, loansharking and drug-peddling, they became the most notorious gang in the history of organized crime. The then prosecutor Rudolf Giuliani called them 'the most savage organisation in the long history of New York street gangs'. Upping the ante on brutality and depravity, their speciality when it came to punishment and killings was dismemberment. Their reign lasted almost twenty - their end would come as their own violent natures got the best of them and precipitated a downfall as infamous as their rise. This revised and updated edition, brings the story of the Westies up to date with 'where are they now' snapshots of the men - and women - of the Westies.

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