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Mafia Spies: The Inside Story of the CIA, Gangsters, JFK, and Castro

Mafia Spies: The Inside Story of the CIA, Gangsters, JFK, and Castro

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From bestselling author and the producer of the hit cable series Masters of Sex, Thomas Maier, comes a true story of espionage and mobsters, based on the never-before-released JFK Files.

From Vegas to Miami to Havana, the shocking connections between the CIA, the mob, and Sinatra’s Rat Pack—with new revelations and details. Mafia Spies is the definitive account of America’s most remarkable espionage plots ever—with CIA agents, mob hitmen, “kompromat” sex, presidential indiscretion, and James Bond-like killing devices together in a top-secret mystery full of surprise twists and deadly intrigue.

In the early 1960s, two top gangsters, Johnny Roselli and Sam Giancana, were hired by the CIA to kill Cuba’s Communist leader, Fidel Castro, only to wind up murdered themselves amidst Congressional hearings and a national debate about the JFK assassination.

Now for the first time in paperback, Mafia Spies revolves around the outlaw friendship of these two mob buddies and their fascinating world of CIA spies, fellow Mafioso in Chicago, Cuban exile commandos in Miami, beautiful Hollywood women, famous entertainers like Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack in Las Vegas, Castro’s own spies in Havana and his double agents hidden in Florida, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI snooping, and the Kennedy administration’s “Get Castro” obsession in Washington.

Thomas Maier is among the first to take full advantage of the National Archives’ 2017–18 release of the long-suppressed JFK files, many of which deal with the CIA’s top secret anti-Castro operation in Florida and Cuba. With several new investigative findings, Mafia Spies is a spy exposé, murder mystery, and shocking true story that recounts America’s first foray into the assassination business, a tale with profound impact for today’s Trump era. Who killed Johnny and Sam—and why wasn’t Castro assassinated despite the CIA’s many clandestine efforts?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781721385669
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 04/26/2019
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Thomas Maier is an award-winning author, journalist, and television producer. His book Masters of Sex was the basis for the Emmy-winning Showtime drama that ran for four seasons. His other books include When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys; The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings; Dr. Spock: An American Life (named a "“Notable Book of the Year" by the New York Times); and Newhouse: All the Glitter, Power and Glory of America's Richest Media Empire and the Secretive Man Behind It (winner of the Frank Luther Mott Award as Best Media Book of the Year presented by the National Honor Society in Journalism and Mass Communication). He has worked as an investigative reporter for Newsday for over thirty years.

Table of Contents

Author's Note-For Your Eyes Only v

Cast of Characters vii

Phase I Plan of Action

1 Overture - "The Great Game" 1

2 A Strange Kind of Genius 6

3 Aiming for Fidel 11

4 The Cutout 16

5 Spruce Goose and Brown Derby 20

6 Mooney 28

7 The Vegas Strip 33

8 Havana's Allure 42

9 At the Plaza 48

10 Fontainebleau 55

Phase II Covert Operations

11 The Secret War Begins 65

12 Bolita Dreams 71

13 Lie Detectors 77

14 Listening Devices 83

15 A Thousand Spies 89

16 What Would James Bond Do? 96

17 The Health Alteration Committee 102

18 Enforcing One's Will 110

19 Hoodlum Complex 117

20 Blood in the Bay 126

21 Close but No Cigar 133

22 Agents in the Shadows 138

Phase III The Patriotic Assassin

23 The Second Wave 147

24 That's Entertainment 157

25 A Secret Is Seldom Safe 167

26 Into the Darkness 173

27 Birds of Prey 178

28 Sing for Your Supper 185

29 The Double Agent 191

30 The Black Book 197

31 The War at Home 205

32 Spies without Portfolio 214

33 Dangle 223

34 Nature of the Beast 227

35 Death in the Afternoon 233

36 The Stuff of Legends 241

37 Government Immunity 246

38 "Boom and Bang" and Bust 252

Phase IV The Price of Everything

39 A Place in the Sun 259

40 Messages from Home 267

41 Prying Eyes 276

42 Blowback 282

43 Soldiers of Fortune 290

44 Keeping the Lid On 299

45 Silencers 307

46 Church Confessions 316

47 Missing in Action 325

48 The Last One Standing 334

Afterword 347

Notes 349

Index 384

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