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Part I: Chicago Chapter 1: Illinois Association for Criminal Justice Chapter 2: John Landesco and the Illinois Crime Survey (1929) Chapter 3: Organized Crime in Urban Society: Chicago in the Twentieth Century (1971) Chapter 4: Biographical Sketches: Al Capone, Jack Guzik, Arnold Rothstein, Meyer Lansky and Max Hoff; Definition of Organized Crime Part II : Philadelphia Chapter 5: Philadelphia Bootlegging and the Report of the Special August Grand Jury (1985) Chapter 6: The Bruno Family of Philadelphia: Organized Crime as a Regulatory Agency (1994) Chapter 7: Loansharking in Philadelphia: Social Control in an Illegal Enterprise (1992) Part III - Illegal Enterprise Theory Chapter 8: The Changing Structure of American Gambling in the Twentieth Century (1979) Chapter 9: Loansharking in American Cities: Historical Analysis of a Marginal Enterprise (1977) Chapter 10: Bootleggers as Businessmen: From City Slums to City Builders (1985) Chapter 11: Illegal Enterprise: A Theoretical and Historical Interpretation (1990) Subject Index

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For almost fifty years, Mark H. Haller had been a historian of illegal enterprise-more commonly known as organized crime-in urban America. He is the author of an introduction to the now classic work by John Landesco in Organized Crime in Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 1968). Haller passed away in 2012. Matthew G. Yeager obtained his bachelor's degree in criminology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972. He was introduced to the work of Mark H. Haller and John Landesco during this time. His master's degree is from the State University of New York at Albany (1975), and his doctorate in sociology is from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada (2006). He has published over thirty articles and studies in theoretical and applied criminology and is a practicing clinical criminologist in sentencing alternatives. He is currently associate professor in the Department of Sociology at King's University College, part of Western University-Canada. He lives in London, Ontario.


This book is well suited for undergraduate classes within criminology or criminal justice programs that focus on policy. The language in the book is written in a manner that citizens outside of criminology will benefit as well. . . .For those in the criminology field, most well-trained criminologists will be familiar with several of the examples of well-documented programs and studies provided in the book, such as problem-oriented policing and drug treatment courts. . . .Mathew Yeager has given us a worthy compendium of Haller's major work and contributions on the subject of how organized crime is actually organized, including some of Haller's publications which are now difficult to find. * Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books *
It is organized to showcase three of Haller's unique contributions to the field: rediscovery and highlighting of the circumstances and content of John Landesco's 1929 study of organized crime in Chicago; a description and commentary on the activities of the Angelo Bruno family in Philadelphia; and an analysis...of Illegal Enterprise accompanied by studies of three particular businesses, gambling, loan sharking and bootlegging. They are tied together through Haller's self-perception "as a social scientist, using the tools of a trained historian".... [I]f I were designing an introductory course in Organized Crime, Illegal Enterprise would be one of the books on my recommended reading list. * Trends In Organized Crime *

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