Until the mid-twentieth century, organized crime ruled New York's waterfront. With the threat of communism in the air, the inhumane treatment of longshoremen implicitly condoned by the unions, and the suspicious disappearance of anyone who spoke out against the system, it seemed things would never change. Then Malcolm Johnson's groundbreaking series "Crime on the Water Front" appeared in The New York Sun, revealing a violent underworld that influenced all levels of New York politics, society, and industry. Johnson's extensive investigation finally forced the public and the government to take action, leading to changes in labor laws that influenced the entire nation. Now, collected for the first time in book form, these Pulitzer Prize-winning articles tell a riveting story of mobsters, murder, faith, and the ultimate victory of fair play and American values. Included is a foreword by Malcolm Johnson's son, Haynes Johnson, also a Pulitzer Prize winner, who discusses the tremendous impact the series had upon his family, and an introduction and additional reporting by Budd Schulberg, author of the Academy Award-winning screenplay 'On the Waterfront'.