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For the Sins of My Father

For the Sins of My Father Author Albert DeMeo
ISBN-10 9780767906890
Release 2003-09-01
Pages 275
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The son of Roy DeMeo, the head of the Gambino crime family's squad of killers and thieves, describes coming of age in the world of organized crime, the murder of his father when he was seventeen, his love for his father despite his criminal career, and his determination to escape his father's doomed and dangerous life. Reprint.



Murder Machine

Murder Machine Author Gene Mustain
ISBN-10 9781101665886
Release 1993-07-01
Pages 496
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"The inside story of a single Brooklyn gang that killed more Americans than the Iraqi army."—Mike McAlary, columnist, New York Post They were the DeMeo gang—the most deadly hit men in organized crime. Their Mafia higher-ups came to know, use, and ultimately fear them as the Murder Machine. They killed for profit and for pleasure, following cold-blooded plans and wild whims, from the mean streets of New York to the Florida Gold Coast, and from coast to coast. Now complete with personal revelations of one of the key players, this is the savage story that leaves no corpse unturned in its terrifying telling. INCLUDES PHOTOGRAPHS From the Paperback edition.



The Ice Man

The Ice Man Author Philip Carlo
ISBN-10 1429902663
Release 2007-04-01
Pages 432
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Philip Carlo's The Ice Man spent over six weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List. Top Mob Hitman. Devoted Family Man. Doting Father. For thirty years, Richard "The Iceman" Kuklinski led a shocking double life, becoming the most notorious professional assassin in American history while happily hosting neighborhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey. Richard Kuklinski was Sammy the Bull Gravano's partner in the killing of Paul Castellano, then head of the Gambino crime family, at Sparks Steakhouse. Mob boss John Gotti hired him to torture and kill the neighbor who accidentally ran over his child. For an additional price, Kuklinski would make his victims suffer; he conducted this sadistic business with coldhearted intensity and shocking efficiency, never disappointing his customers. By his own estimate, he killed over two hundred men, taking enormous pride in his variety and ferocity of technique. This trail of murder lasted over thirty years and took Kuklinski all over America and to the far corners of the earth, Brazil, Africa, and Europe. Along the way, he married, had three children, and put them through Catholic school. His daughter's medical condition meant regular stays in children's hospitals, where Kuklinski was remembered, not as a gangster, but as an affectionate father, extremely kind to children. Each Christmas found the Kuklinski home festooned in colorful lights; each summer was a succession of block parties. His family never suspected a thing. Richard Kuklinski is now the subject of the major motion picture titled "The Iceman"(2013), starring James Franco, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta, and Chris Evans.



Surviving the Mob

Surviving the Mob Author Dennis N. Griffin
ISBN-10 9781935396383
Release 2010
Pages 265
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What do you do when the law wants you behind bars and the New York crime families want you buried? That was the life-and-death dilemma confronting Andrew DiDonato, who began his criminal career at age 14 under the watchful eyes of the local Mob. By the time he was 17, the infamous Gambino family made DiDonato an associate of the Nicholas Corozzo crew. For the next 14 years, he was a loyal street soldier, immersed in dangerous and profitable criminal activities: burglary, forgery, extortion, loan sharking, car theft, bank robbery, counterfeiting, drug dealing, credit-card and insurance fraud, witness tampering, weapons possession, and attempted murder. He was also involved in the underworld gambling operations, which took in millions dealing dice and cards, booking sports and horses, and running numbers. Between these pages you'll find the most in-depth look at Mob gambling ever. At age 31, DiDonato ran afoul of both the law and his friends, turning him into a hunted man on two fronts. After 17 months on the run, the law caught him first. Surviving the Mob is a cautionary tale of the harsh reality of a criminal, inmate, fugitive, and witness who--so far--has lived to tell the tale.



Five Families

Five Families Author Selwyn Raab
ISBN-10 9781250101709
Release 2016-10-04
Pages 816
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For half a century, the American Mafia outwitted, outmaneuvered, and outgunned the FBI and other police agencies, wreaking unparalleled damage on America’s social fabric and business enterprises while emerging as the nation’s most formidable crime empire. The vanguard of this criminal juggernaut is still led by the Mafia’s most potent and largest borgatas: New York’s Five Families. Five Families is the vivid story of the rise and fall of New York’s premier dons, from Lucky Luciano to Paul Castellano to John Gotti and others. This definitive history brings the reader right up to the possible resurgence of the Mafia as the FBI and local law-enforcement agencies turn their attention to homeland security and away from organized crime. This updated tenth-anniversary edition features a new preface by the author.



An Offer We Can t Refuse

An Offer We Can t Refuse Author George De Stefano
ISBN-10 0865479623
Release 2007-01-23
Pages 438
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The Mafia has maintained an enduring hold on the American cultural imagination--even as it continues to wrongly color our real-life perception of Italian Americans. Journalist and cultural critic De Stefano takes a look at the origins and prevalence of the Mafia mythos in America. Beginning with a consideration of Italian emigration in the early twentieth century and the fear and prejudice--among both Americans and Italians--that informed our earliest conception of what was the largest immigrant group to enter the United States, De Stefano explores how these impressions laid the groundwork for the images so familiar to us today and uses them to illuminate and explore the variety and allure of Mafia stories. At the same time, he addresses the lingering power of the goodfella cliché, which makes it all but impossible to green-light a project about the Italian American experience not set in gangland.--From publisher description.



Massapequa

Massapequa Author Rich Klein
ISBN-10 1631925245
Release 2015-08-27
Pages 120
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Two photographers who met in their 1967 kindergarten class and who remained schoolmates through their high school graduation in 1979, reunited 30 years later to work on Massapequa: A Pictorial History Though The Eyes of Baby Boomers. Co-authors Rich Klein and Lisa Glass-Fiebert had a simple vision for the book: to dramatically capture through their camera lenses the places around Massapequa and Massapequa Park that baby boomers would most identify with: where they went to school, where they ate and shopped, where they prayed and where they played. Aside from the photos shot by Glass-Fiebert and Klein, the book includes some nostalgic photos culled from other alum. There is a section of essays from noted Pequa alumni, including journalists Steven Greenhouse of The New York Times and Carol Sottili of The Washington Post; authors Betsy Israel and Tom Terwilliger, who was Mr. America; musician Wade Preston, the lead in the Broadway show "Movin' Out," and world renowned wrestling coach, Al Bevilacqua, who taught Seinfeld how to drive and who advised Tom Cruise for his wrestling scenes in Born on The Fourth of July, the movie about Massapequa hero Ron Kovic. More info at www.facebook.com/MassapequaBook.



Family Affair

Family Affair Author Sam Giancana
ISBN-10 9781101185575
Release 2010-03-02
Pages 304
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The true story of the vicious Chicago underworld from a New York Times bestselling author. With a contract out on his life, Nicholas "Nicky Breeze" Calabrese turned government witness and revealed the truth about the murders of a notorious Mob enforcer and his brother-culminating in a criminal case that would challenge the Mob from the street to the highest seats of power.



The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno

The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno Author Bill Bonanno
ISBN-10 9780062092526
Release 2011-09-06
Pages 368
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An eye-opening look at life—and death—inside the Mafia, The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno is a stunning document written by the son of notorious crime boss Joe Bonanno. Published at the author’s request after his death, The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno provides highly confidential secrets about the inner workings of La Cosa Nostra—offering a behind-closed-doors look at the secret Commission meetings of the ’30s through ’60s and clandestine details of the Mafia’s most venerable rituals, techniques, and indoctrination ceremonies…plus pages of never-before-seen photos. Bonanno’s Last Testament stands alongside Talese’s Honor Thy Father, Pileggi’s Wiseguys, Maas’s The Valachi Papers and Underboss, The Good Rat by Jimmy Breslin, and T.J. English’s Havana Nocturne as an essential work of contemporary crime history—a must-read for fans of The Sopranos and The Godfather.



The Godfather Returns

The Godfather Returns Author Mark Winegardner
ISBN-10 9780345478986
Release 2005
Pages 538
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A sanctioned sequel to Mario Puzo's blockbuster novel, The Godfather, continues the saga of the Corleone family, beginning in 1955 and recounting the events that occurred between the end of the original novel and the episodes chronicled in Coppola's movie sequels. Reprint.



This Family of Mine

This Family of Mine Author Victoria Gotti
ISBN-10 1439163227
Release 2009-09-29
Pages 400
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For decades, scandalous rumors and sensational tabloid headlines have obscured the truth about one the most famous and intriguing families in modern history: the real players, the real relationships, behind the closed doors of the Gotti dynasty. Until now. Here at last is the explosive memoir that captures the Gottis as they are-unvarnished, raw, and real. And who better to tell this no-hold-barred story than their most famous daughter? Victoria Gotti never intended to reveal the inside story of the Gotti household, but with the pressing need to finally set the record straight came the realization that only she can do so, once and for all. Daughter to the late John Gotti, sister to John A. "Junior" Gotti and three other siblings, single mother to three sons with whom she shared reality television stardom on Growing Up Gotti, an outspoken columnist and bestselling author, Victoria Gotti delivers a candid, colorful, and brutally honest family portrait that reads like a confidential file, filled with deeply personal reflections and never-before-published photographs. With the trial of "Junior" Gotti poised to continue the high drama of the Gotti story, fascination with the icons of this only-in-New-York clan is stronger than ever. Victoria Gotti's bombshell revelations and stunning insider secrets make This Family of Mine the essential chronicle in the ultimate American family saga.



The Mafia and the Machine

The Mafia and the Machine Author Frank Hayde
ISBN-10 1569804435
Release 2010-11
Pages 208
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Offers a history of the Kansas City mafia, describing how they infiltrated and corrupted the local government, Tom Pendergast's role in Harry Truman's political career, and the organization's downfall due to federal convictions and in-fighting.



Bound by Honor

Bound by Honor Author Bill Bonanno
ISBN-10 0312264437
Release 1999-04-15
Pages 304
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No one can tell the true story of the Mafia in America better than Bill Bonanno. He was there. He lived it. Bill Bonanno was born into a world of respect, tradition, and honor. The son of legendary mafioso Joe Bonanno, Bill was a "made" member of the Mafia by the time he was in his early twenties. He was rumored to be the model for The Godfather's Michael Corleone and was the subject of Gay Talese's best-selling Honor Thy Father. Now retired, Bill is finally ready to give an eyewitness account of his life as a high-ranking captain in the Bonanno crime family, one of America's most powerful Mafia syndicates. He takes you inside the mob at its peak, when New York's Five Families-Bonanno, Gambino, Colombo, Lucchese, and Genovese-not only dominated local businesses, but also controlled national politics. For the first time, Bill Bonanno discloses the machinations behind his marriage to Rosalie Profaci (niece of the powerful don Joe Profaci), and even that cemented the alliance between the two Families with all the pomp and circumstance of a royal wedding. From the truth about the mysterious disappearance of his father to a startling disclosure about he mob's participation in the Kennedy assassination, Bill Bonanno lays bare the inner workings of his chaotic, violent, and surprisingly human world with unparalleled detail and insight. Bound By Honor not only recounts Bill Bonanno's tumultuous life, but also is an engrossing chronicle of organized crime. Bonanno's story provides a remarkable glimpse into all of the intriguing personalities of the underworld of yesterday to today, from Bugsy Siegel to John Gotti. This book is a must for readers of Mario Puzo, Gay Talese, Nicholas Pileggi, and others who have written abut the Mafia, but who have never been in the eye of the storm in quite the same way as Bill Bonanno in Bound By Honor.



Dissecting Death

Dissecting Death Author Frederick Thomas Zugibe
ISBN-10 9780767918800
Release 2006-07
Pages 240
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The former chief medical examiner for Rockland County provides a firsthand look inside eleven of his most notorious cases, following the scientific investigative process and the work of the pathologist from the crime scene to the world of high-tech criminal detection.



The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia

The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia Author Rick Porrello
ISBN-10 1569802777
Release 2004-08-01
Pages 240
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A vivid exploration of the rise of the Cleveland Mafia as a rival to the Mafia of New York and Chicago. Detailed are important connections with mega-mobsters like Charles 'Lucky' Luciano and Meyer Lansky, as well as the Cleveland mob's move to Las Vegas. Now finally back in print following the film release of Kill the Irishman, Porrello's startling account contains all of the gritty details and local flavour readers have come to expect from Barricade's mafia books.



Godfather of Night

Godfather of Night Author Kevin Pappas
ISBN-10 9780345515186
Release 2009-08-11
Pages 256
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What if you belonged nowhere and to no one? What if you learned as a teenager that the father who had mistreated you for years wasn’t your father at all–and that you were actually born to the mistress of a Greek gangster? And what if the only way to connect with your real father was to become his fiercest rival? Kevin Cunningham grew up in Tarpon Springs, Florida, just another kid from the wrong side of the tracks. But from his first days, Kevin gravitated toward power, and in Tarpon Springs that meant local crime boss Lukie Pappas. As a boy, Kevin hung out at the Pappas Restaurant, and he saw how the townspeople approached Lukie. How they respected him. How they came to him for help. How they called him nounos–Greek for “godfather.” From the shadows, Kevin admired it all. When he turned seventeen, Kevin’s world flipped upside down. His dying father confessed that Kevin was the son of another man–and not just any man. He was the son of Lukie Pappas. Suddenly, Kevin’s destiny was clear. His lineage became his fate. His rightful place was beside the Greek godfather who ruled his hometown. But Lukie coldly rejected him, as both a son and a colleague. Fueled by rage and pride, Kevin claimed the Pappas name as his own and embarked on his own criminal enterprise. From two-bit swindling he rose quickly to high-stakes drug trafficking. Money laundering, gunrunning, and racketeering polished his underworld résumé, even as they placed him squarely in the crosshairs of every federal agency with three initials and a most-wanted list. And when he got caught, Kevin’s time behind bars only honed his criminal instinct, hardened his resolve, and cemented his reputation as a larger-than-life outlaw who sometimes went down but could never be taken out. Still in his early twenties but as powerful as any crime boss, Kevin surrounded himself with an elite group, a posse that called itself the Band of Five. Flush with fast cars, boats, planes, and women, they wanted for nothing, but their antics invited violent attempts to bring Kevin to his senses–or at least to his knees. More than a gripping tale, Godfather of Night unveils the Greek American crime syndicate and its close alignment to power and takes readers to a dark place where family secrets collide with high-level crime and corruption. Kevin Pappas’s story is a true-crime epic for a new generation of wiseguys–full of the harrowing war stories and hard-won wisdom of a man who lived by his own rules, broke everyone else’s, and dared the world to try to stop him. From the Hardcover edition.



Cartel Wives

Cartel Wives Author Mia Flores
ISBN-10 9781538745267
Release 2017-06-20
Pages 320
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An astonishing, revelatory, and redemptive memoir from two women who escaped the international drug trade, with never-before-revealed details about El Chapo, the Sinaloa Cartel, and the dangerous world of illicit drugs. Olivia and Mia Flores are married to the highest level drug traffickers ever to become US informants. Their husbands worked with--and then brought down--El Chapo, as well as dozens of high-level members of the Mexican cartels. They had everything money could buy: luxury cars, huge houses, and expensive jewelry--but they chose to give it all up when they cooperated with the US government. They knew that life was about more than wealth; it was about love, family, and doing what's right. CARTEL WIVES is a love story, a "Married to the Mob" story, an insider's look into the terrifying but high-flying empire of the new world of drugs, and, finally, the story of a major DEA and FBI operation.