Former New York Times crime reporter Selwyn Raab provides a history of New York City's organized crime in his book, Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires. The book is now out in paperback. This interview originally aired on Sept. 18, 2005.
The new season of The Sopranos opens on Sunday, bringing the world of Tony and Carmela, Christopher and Paulie Walnuts back to dens around the country. The show's last previous episode aired in the summer of 2004.
The aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks revitalized New York City's mafia organizations. That's one of the revelations of former 'New York Times' crime reporter Selwyn Raab's new book, 'Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires'.
Puzo was best known for the novel The Godfather (1969) which spawned three films. He died in 1999. A new novel is based on the characters he created called The Godfather Returns by Mark Winegardner. This interview was originally broadcast on July 25, 1996.