A levelheaded account of the origin and activities of the notorious ""Black Hand"" crime syndicate written by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reporter who worked with Kefauver. Once a noble organization formed in Sicily to avenge the country on its foreign invaders, the Mafia is today an international gangster frsternity with headquarters in Palermo and branch operations in major U.S. cities. It seems to specialize in smuggling, ""protection"", and murder -- most of all, vengeance on others of the band who don't do wrong right or who fail to practise omerta silence. Here is a detailed account of bloody activities and murders; a listing of the top men in the syndicate; accounts of the attempts of men like CID agent Dickey to bring Mafiosi, especially Vito Genovese, headman, to trial, and of testimonies given. The activities and beliefs of this bloody band of brothers should interest all law enforcers, and plenty of people who like their reading tough. For true crime addicts.