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Making of the Mob: New York

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Mobster history series is entertaining, really violent.

TV AMC Drama 2015
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From Prohibition and the crash of the stock market in 1929 to more contemporary events seen on the evening news, the series uses gritty drama and documentary-style interviews to create an entertaining and informative history lesson about the way the modern mobster evolved from poverty among, and racism against, the thousands of immigrants who entered New York City at the turn of the 20th century. It also highlights the endless desire these gangsters had for money and power and many of the seemingly unrelated events that led to the expansion of the mob's interests in various underground (and a few public) rackets.

It's extremely violent, but the actor portrayals add a romanticized quality to these accounts, many of which will leave you feeling impressed (rather than aghast) by the intelligent, well-designed plans mob bosses came up with to undermine the law (and take hits out on those who stood in their way). Meanwhile, some history buffs will take issue with how some of the facts get presented here. Nonetheless, enthusiasts of gangster-themed TV and films will enjoy it.

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