Gus Russo

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Gus G. Russo (born 1950) was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a Mafia and John F. Kennedy assassination researcher who was part of a team of researchers that worked on the 1993 Frontline Lee Harvey Oswald documentary, "Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?," for PBS. Russo also wrote the book, Live By the Sword: The Secret War Against Castro and the Death of JFK, that was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1998. He has also written books about the Chicago Outfit and mob lawyer Sidney Korshak. In The Outfit, Russo points out that while the Mafia is responsible for heinous crimes, they aren't the only "business" that engages in destructive and illegal activities. The Mafia's "upper world" counterparts, big business, has been responsible for many crimes themselves (White collar crime) and have escaped punishment and still operate without being prosecuted.[citation needed]

Russo's books[edit]

  • Supermob: How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Associates Became America's Hidden Power Brokers, by Gus Russo (2006)[1]
  • The Outfit: The Role of Chicago's Underworld in the Shaping of Modern America, by Gus Russo (2003)
  • Gangsters and Goodfellas: The Mob, Witness Protection, and Life on the Run, by Henry Hill, Gus Russo (As Told to) (2004 {hardcover}, 2007 {paperback})
  • Live by the Sword: The Secret War Against Castro and the Death of JFK, by Gus Russo (1998)

Gus Russo is also the author of Brothers In Arms, about the Kennedys and the Castros and continues themes developed in Live by the Sword.


  1. ^ Cohen, Rich (24 September 2006). "Kosher Nostra". The New York Times. p. 8. Retrieved 30 July 2012.