A responsible, analysis of the nationwide crime confederation known loosely as the Cosa Nostra. Cressey, regarded professionally as the Galbraith of criminal sociology, was one of the chief authors of the report of the President's Task Force on Organized Crime; here he extends that study. Starting with the confederation's origin in the Mafia, he outlines its evolution and contemporary structure -- comprised of specialists who tend to ""exploit rather than to destroy."" The network now rivals any large business organization and by extending its monopoly from illegitimate to licit operations, has, in Cressey's view, become a serious peril to both the social and economic fabric of the nation. A coherent, clear dossier which includes specific and highly viable recommendations for combatting organized crime.