10/26/2010 07:00 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

7 Ways The Mafia Made The U.S. A Better Place: 'Renegade History' (PHOTOS)

Imagine an America without jazz. Imagine an America in which alcohol is still illegal. Imagine an America without Broadway, Las Vegas, or Hollywood. Imagine an America with no racial integration or freedom to be gay in public. In my new book, "A Renegade History of the United States", I show that all you have to do is imagine American history without organized crime ... Here are 7 ways that gangsters made America a better place:

Gangsters -- renegade history