New Jersey is known around the globe, with a particularly profound cultural impact on movies, media, and entertainment. From the ranks of reality television to some of the most critically acclaimed pieces of media ever produced, the Garden State has no doubt mades it mark on the cultural zeitgeist. Of all the things our great state is known for, perhaps the most infamous is its affiliation with “the Mob”. Affectionately dubbed “the Soprano state”, New Jersey has maintained both a cultural and historical connection with the Italian mafia. And if you’ve ever wanted to learn more about how this curious crew of career criminals became synonymous with the Garden State, you will want to tune into the New Jersey State Library’s upcoming author talk with Scott M. Deitche, author of “Garden State Gangland: The Rise of the Mob in New Jersey”.

On Tuesday, April 23rd, the New Jersey State Library will welcome Scott M. Deitche for an engaging conversation regarding the Italian Mafia and their impact on the Garden State. This conversation will kick off at 12pm on Zoom. Advanced registration is required, so if you would like to tune in, please be sure to sign up by completing the registration form, linked here: Register – Zoom. Throughout the afternoon, guests will have the opportunity to learn more about Deitche’s book, “Garden State Gangland: The Rise of the Mob in New Jersey”, as well as the decades of history which led up to its writing. From the dawn of the Italian Mafia to the peak of their power in the Garden State, this conversation is certain to provide remarkable insights regarding one of New Jersey’s most fascinating true stories.

Scott M. Deitche is an author specializing in organized crime. His books include Cigar City Mafia: A Complete History of the Tampa Underworld and Garden State Gangland: The Rise of the Mob in New Jersey. He has written articles on organized crime for local and national magazines and newspapers. Scott has been featured on The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, American Heroes Channel, A&E, C-SPAN, Oxygen as well as over 50 national and international news and radio shows. He is a member of The Mob Museum’s Advisory Council. Scott also runs the Tampa Mafia Tours at Scott lives in St. Petersburg, FL.

For more information on this and other events coming up at the New Jersey State Library, please visit their website, linked here: NJSL – Home. If you have any questions or need any help with the registration process, you can contact the NJSL staff at (609) 278-2640 for further assistance. You’re certain to marvel at this retrospective of mafia history, so be sure to register today!

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