Friday, April 11, 2008

Black Brothers, Inc. reviews

Here is a sampling of reviews the book received:

“Griffin did extensive research and backs up his claims carefully...If you're a crime buff, a history lover, or if you just want something fascinating to read, it's a book you can't refuse."
Terri Schlichenmeyer, syndicated reviewer and host of

“A gripping story…Griffin richly documents the Black Mafia’s organization, outreach and over-the-top badness.”
Joseph N. DiStefano, Philadelphia Inquirer

“A great, sprawling epic.”
Duane Swierczynski, editor-in-chief, Philadelphia City Paper

"Sean Patrick Griffin has given us a really extensive look into the Black Mafia...and has produced one of best pieces of research on the underworld in this city that I have ever seen…The level of research, really copious research, I haven't seen anything on organized crime - of any kind - that is as well-documented as this."
Elmer Smith, Philadelphia Daily News columnist and host of "The Exchange" on Philadelphia’s leading African-American radio station, 1340AM WHAT

"The book is incredible…The documentation is so thorough, it’s unbelievable…We know about corruption, but this is beyond corruption. This is just amazing stuff."
Dom Giordano, radio host on Philly’s leading talk radio station 1210AM WPHT

Black Brothers, Inc. is fascinating.”
Bernie McCain, considered the “Dean of Black Talk Radio” and host of “The Dean’s Talkroom” on the pre-eminent national African-American talk radio station, XM Radio’s The Power

"Sean Patrick Griffin has delivered a richly detailed narrative of the murderous history of the city's first African-American crime syndicate."
Kitty Caparella, Philadelphia Daily News

“I couldn’t put this book down.”
Keith Murphy, veteran award-winning broadcaster and host of the “Urban Journal” on XM Radio’s The Power

"Using the federal corruption probe as prologue and epilogue, Griffin presents a confident chronicle of Philly's Black Mafia, the decades-long collaboration among drug dealers, Muslim clerics and local politicians…Griffin disassembles the racist calumny about black crime: that it is violence born of convenience. Griffin punctures that myth with a salient detail that shows a criminal outfit highly organized: At early Black Mafia meetings, minutes were taken."
Sasha Issenberg, Philadelphia Magazine

"Sean Patrick Griffin, in surreal detail, lays out the twist and turns, the political and religious associations...Black Brothers Inc…a guaranteed chilling read."
The Melting Pot, Philadelphia

“Sean Patrick Griffin’s book on the Philly Black Mafia is searing, unrelenting and ruthlessly precise.”
Henry Schipper, producer and director for Black Entertainment Television’s American Gangster series