The Mobster’s Lament – Bibliography


For my research I don’t only read non-fiction, but also lots of fiction and poetry that are related to the setting, so that’s why there are these kinds of books in the list below. The list isn’t complete — there were lots of newspapers, magazines, archival material, primary sources and websites I read in addition to what’s below, and there are probably a few books I read which I’ve forgotten to put on the list.


Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong – Terry Teachout

The Birth of Bebop – Scott DeVeaux

New York in the 40s – Andreas Feininger

New York Mid-Century: 1945-1965 – Annie Cohen-Solal, Paul Goldberger, Robert Gottlieb

The Mob and the City – C. Alexander Hortis

American Mafia: A History of Its Rise to Power – Thomas Repetto

The Mafia At War – Tim Newark

Supermob – Gus Russo

The Mafia and the Gays – Phillip Crawford Jr.

Frank Costello; Prime Minister of the Underworld – George Wolf

Uncle Frank: The Biography of Frank Costello – Leonard Katz

The Copa: Jules Podell and the Hottest Club North of Havana – Mickey Podell-Raber

The Copacabana – Kristin Baggelaar




Writing New York: A Literary Anthology – Phillip Lopate, Ed.

New York Stories – Diana Secker Tesdell, Ed.

American Noir – Robert Polito, Ed.

Jazz Poems – Kevin Young, Ed.

The Street – Ann Petry

Go – John Clellon Holmes

Another Country – James Baldwin

The Man with the Golden Arm – Nelson Algren

Valley of the Dolls – Jacqueline Susann

But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz – Geoff Dwyer

Poet In New York – Fedrico Garcia Lorca

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