The Making of the Mob: New York

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Did you catch AMC’s recent series, The Making of the Mob: New York? This 8-episode series chronicles how the American Mafia came to exist and how it evolved from the Sicilian Mafia.

Here’s are a few quick thoughts:

  • What happened to Ray Liotta’s voice? It barely sounded like him–maybe the producers asked for his voice to be digitally enhanced to sound tougher or Liotta was toning his voice down from his usual performances, but he sounded different
  • I’m a sucker for stories about the mafia, having grown up watching The Godfather movies, GoodfellasCasinoMean Streets and later on TV shows like The Sopranos, so it was fascinating for me to gain more insights into real-life mobsters such as Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky who I’d never heard of before
  • Everyone knows the story of Bugsy Siegel and his instrumental role in the creation of the hotel and casino-laden Las Vegas we know today, but what you may not know is that Siegel’s first hotel, The Flamingo Las Vegas, bombed on its first opening and even though the second opening did better, it would still be a long time before the money that went into the making of this gargantuan project would be recouped
  • I didn’t know that Thomas Dewey, former Governor of New York, led the earliest and one of the most notorious mafia crackdowns in history. And he managed not to get taken out by the mob.
  • I’ve read my fair share about the most notorious Italian gangsters, but it was fascinating to get a look into the Jewish mafia, particularly Meyer Lansky, who was one of the most riveting characters to follow throughout the series. He was a brilliant strategist and many of the experts interviewed for the documentary emphasized that he had the smarts to run the US Treasury. If you want to learn more about Lansky, here are some good suggestions on where to start.

Here’s the trailer:

If you watched the series, what did you think? Will you be tuning in for the continuation of the series called The Making of the Mob: Chicago, which will focus more on Al Capone? If you’re a fan of gangsters movies and novels, what are some of your favourites? Sound off below!