Amazon Sales Rank, Kindle and Nook

Amazon Sales Rank

Well, the new book “Gangsters and Organized Crime in Buffalo” has hit the highest I have ever been on Amazon.com. Here’s a snapshot:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
#3 in Books > Travel > United States > Northeast > Mid Atlantic
#21 in Books > Biographies & Memoirs > True Accounts > True Crime
#35 in Books > History > Americas > United States > State & Local

Not a bad start.

Kindle and Nook

The new book is now available for Kindle and Nook too, so if that’s your preference, go grab a copy at only $9.99!

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Gangsters and Organized Crime in Buffalo Now Out!

The latest and fifth book from Michael F. Rizzo is now available for purchase through Amazon.com. Gangsters and Organized Crime in Buffalo is the first book to concentrate on Buffalo’s Mafia and early gangster history.

The book ties in with Rizzo’s Naked Buffalo Tours, which runs several tours of former Mafia sites in Buffalo.

Book signings, talks, and more, will be listed on here or on Facebook.

 

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Future Buffalo mayor and president Stephen Grover Cleveland was born in Caldwell, New Jersey on March 18, 1837. He was one of nine children born to a Presbyterian pastor. Cleveland’s rise to stardom was quick. He was nominated and elected governor of New York during his first year in office.

This and other Buffalo mayoral history can be found in “Through The Mayors’ Eyes”, available on Amazon.com or Lulu.com.

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Buffalo Mayor Grover Cleveland

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Buffalo Mayor Joseph Mruk

On Saturday, January 21, 1995, former Buffalo mayor Joseph Mruk died at 91 years of age, while living in Furgala Nursing Home in the Village of Lancaster. He is buried in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga. Mruk served one term as mayor of Buffalo and was one of several Polish mayors from the mid 1900s.

This and other Buffalo history can be found in “Through the Mayors’ Eyes”, available on Amazon.com or Lulu.com.

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Buffalo Mayor Charles Roesch

On Monday, January 15, 1936 Buffalo mayor Charles Roesch was taken to the hospital for an operation. His heart gave out during surgery, and he died. He is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Roesch served as mayor for one term and returned to his meat business. His grandson is best known as Charlie the Butcher.

This and other Buffalo history can be found in the book “Through the Mayors’ Eyes”, available on Amazon.com or Lulu.com.

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On January 6, 1822, future Buffalo mayor Solomon Scheu was born near Standenbehl in Bavaria. He made the trip to America in 1839 and found a brother and uncle living in Buffalo. He worked as a baker eventually opening his own bakery. He sold that and went into the grocery business, then opened a saloon which led him into politics. He served as an alderman and in 1877 was elected mayor of Buffalo.

This and other Buffalo history can be found in “Through The Mayors’ Eyes, available at Amazon.com.

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Buffalo Mayor Solomon Scheu

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Sometime after 1841 Buffalo’s sixth mayor, Pierre A. Barker, left Buffalo and moved to Holly Springs, Mississippi. During the Civil War he moved to Natchez, Mississippi where he died on January 4, 1870 at the home of his son. He and his wife are both buried in Warsaw, Illinois. There are no known photos of Barker.

This and other Buffalo history can be found in “Through The Mayors’ Eyes, available at Amazon.com.

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On December 30, 1992 the downtown Buffalo location of Kleinhan’s closed forever, leaving just the Boulevard and Walden Galleria Mall stores open, until their shelves were bare. Kleinhan’s was located in the Brisbane building at 410 Main Street. At one time it was said to be the largest men’s clothing store in the country, with 54,000 square feet of selling space, including the basement and two floors. It was a sad day for many men who could no longer shop during their lunch hour.

More information on this can be found in the book “Nine Nine Eight“, available at Amazon.com and Lulu.com.

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1980s ad for Kleinhans

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On December 30, 1953, Steven Pankow took the Oath of Office to become the 49th mayor of Buffalo, New York. Afterwards, a luncheon reception was held to allow the incoming cabinet members the chance to become better acquainted. Pankow addressed the group: “There is nothing serious about this gathering. Our serious problems are ahead of us. But our shoulders are broad enough to bear the burdens ahead. I ask all of you to cooperate, including the secretaries and the so-called smaller help, to work with the department heads.”

More information on this can be found in the book “Through The Mayors’ Eyes”, available at Amazon.com and Lulu.com.

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Old store sign

I saw this sign about a month ago but was unable to get a photo at the time. On Monday I was passing by and remembered so I stopped and took a picture. It’s located on Broadway in an empty parking lot that once served Super Duper and Lucki Urban.  Histories of both those stores are in the book “Nine Nine Eight”, so check it out on Amazon.com or your local bookstore.

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Super Duper and Lucki Urban Parking

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