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Book Title: Cigar City Mafia: A Complete History of the Tampa Underworld|
The author of the book: Scott M. Deitche
Edition: Barricade Books
Date of issue: May 31st 2005
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Reader ratings: 7.2
ISBN 13: 9781569802878
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.85 MB
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Deitche is young and from Central New Jersey, but did attend college in South Florida. I did not find any indication that he has been a full-time journalist or law enforcement figure. This is an amateur labor of love.
Fascinating topic and a decent overview for those who will take this with a high degree of scepticism. Deitche conveys lots of data, but frankly it reads like a very long-winded high school term paper. If he were 17 and I were his history teacher, I'd give him a B-plus, with a few points off for bad grammar: countless sentences end with prepositions, he misuses words, such and such was for "all `intensive' purposes....." (p. 180), typos, etc.
Of course, he throws in the requisite JFK ("J.F.K.") conspiracy theories, which keep things interesting in the midst of the mindless litany of similar sounding, unexceptional events.
While his energy and enthusiasm are commendable, I personally found the amateurism of it all off-putting at times. For example, though printed in 2004, he cites the Internet as if it were brand new (to him?). And you get the sense that he's less critical than he ought to be about some of the sites he utilizes.
Though it is not well-written or compelling, what really could have helped rescue this book would have been simply the documenting and organizing of scattered materials on this important topic. Many of his sources are otherwise hard to access for most readers: local newspaper articles, police reports, etc. Unfortunately, he provides only 59 footnotes in 268 pages of text (one footnote for every four pages or more!)
Regarding the printing by Barricade Books in NJ - the cover photo, paper, and typeface are decent, but the binding (glue) on my copy did not stand up to one complete reading. The book split near the photo section in the middle, though the pages have not yet started to fall out. The center photos are interesting, though they mostly come from two sources -police mug shots, and one mafia relative who provided some snapshots. A little more time devoted to digging up other shots would have added a lot.
Sadly, there is no index to the book, though there is a very helpful glossary of dozens of the most prominent figures from the narrative.
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