Insiders of the American Mob: Selwyn Raab, Mafia Historian

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Selwyn Raab has been a reporter with the New York Times since 1974. He is also the author of the holy grail of mafia books, Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America’s Most Powerful Mafia Empires. Raab has received numerous awards for his coverage of the Mafia, and has appeared on television in both local and national news and a variety of mafia-related documentaries.

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