Book Discussion on Takedown: The Fall of the Last Mafia Empire
From the South Street Seaport in New York City, author Douglas Century and NYPD Detective Rick Cowan discuss their book, Takedown: The Fall… read more
From the South Street Seaport in New York City, author Douglas Century and NYPD Detective Rick Cowan discuss their book, Takedown: The Fall of the Last Mafia Empire, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons. The book is about Mr. Cowan’s lengthy investigation into the New York Mafia’s control of the waste management industry, and how they turned it into a billion dollar a year profit-maker. Mr. Cowan gained intimate knowledge of the workings of the mafia by working undercover, posing as a cousin of one of the inside men. After the presentation, both authors answered questions from members of the audience.
Author Bio: Rick Cowan is a twenty year veteran of the New York City Police Department and his investigation into the New York Mafia led to a personal commendation from the commissioner of the New York Police Department, William Bratton. Douglas Century is a contributing editor at The Forward newspaper and has written for Newsday, New York magazine, and the Village Voice. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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