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Praise for Gavin Schmitt

Milwaukee Mafia: Mobsters in the Heartland

“Gavin Schmitt is an excellent researcher.” – C. Alexander Hortis, author of “The Mob and the City”

“A long overdue assessment of the substantial role of Milwaukee underworld figures in the evolution of American organized crime. The author relates a comprehensive and entertaining history. He provides generous detail while shuffling at a moderate pace through the underworld events of nearly a century… It is appropriate to give Schmitt a thumbs-up for the vast wealth of information contained in The Milwaukee Mafia” – Thomas Hunt, author of “DiCarlo: Buffalo’s First Family of Crime” and “Deep Water: Joseph P. Macheca and the Birth of the American Mafia”

“An exceptional job.” – Jim Cox, Midwest Book Review

“The Milwaukee Mafia: Mobsters in the Heartland” is a terrific read and author Gavin Schmitt is to be commended for the thoroughness of his research and the accuracy of his reporting. Also available in a Kindle edition ($8.49), “The Milwaukee Mafia: Mobsters in the Heartland” is very highly recommended for community and academic library Criminology collections and to the attention of non-specialist general readers with an interest in the history of organized crime in the midwest.” – Michael J. Carson, Midwest Book Review

“Groundbreaking! A captivating, entertaining look at nearly a century of Milwaukee’s more sinister side.” – Shepherd Express

“Exhaustive research went into this book. The author’s attention to detail and depth of knowledge concerning the subject are on display throughout.” – Wisconsin Lawyer magazine

“I bought four copies of the Milwaukee Mafia and gave them to some of my older relatives for Christmas. The book was a big hit and brought back a lot of memories for them. At one family gathering, they sat around the table and compared notes from the book.” – Detective Steve Spingola

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2 Responses to “Praise for Gavin Schmitt”

  1. Simon Davies Says:

    Dear Mr. Schmitt,

    I was researching the name of Gisselle Freund, a well known German/French photographer, wondering if she was related to Karl Freund. I found your posting for KF and read on. Wow, what a great job you have done with his entry and by the looks of it, with much of your work.

    I just wanted to congratulate you on your research and efforts, well done. By the way, do you know if Gisele Freund is related to Karl? They were more or less contemporaries, both escaping Nazi Germany, but she went to France with Walter Benjamin.

    Keep up the great work, and thanks

    Simon Davies
    Montreal, Quebec

  2. gavin Says:

    Simon, thank you very much. There’s still a lot of work to be done on Karl Freund’s biography, but it’s a real passion of mine and sooner or later it will get done. As for Gisselle Freund, I have wondered the same thing. The timing is about right, and it would not be surprising. I have so far dismissed it as a coincidence, because I haven’t seen a biography make the connection. I could ask Karl’s grandson and see if he knows more.

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