The long-time king of the Colombian drug trade, Pablo Escobar was known in Medellin as a robin hood, though his establishment of a drug superhighway into the U.S. caused the deaths of thousands, including judges and politicians. It was during the roaring days of prohibition that gangsters in America first united to form a national crime syndicate. Since that time, organised crime has grown to become a worldwide menace. In 'Lords of the Mafia' we look not only at the crime families and bosses of the Cosa Nostra in the U.S., but also at the most notorious and ruthless criminal organisation around the globe. We expose the inner workings of the frighteningly powerful Russian Mafia, the newly revitalized Mafia Sicily, the ancient and powerful Japanese Yakuza, the visious drug cartels of Columbia, the profitable Chinese Triads, and the inner city "gangsters" who are now operating their street gangs as mini-mafias.