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Born to the Mob: The True-Life Story of the Only Man to Work for All Five of New York's Mafia Families Paperback – May 25, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; First Edition edition (May 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560255595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560255598
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The apparently insatiable public appetite for insider stories from the world of organized crime gives Saggio's dramatized third-person narrative, co-written with true-crime veteran Rosen (Lobster Boy), a built-in audience, but don't expect another Wiseguy or Donnie Brasco. Saggio, a federally protected witness following his cooperation against his former partners in crime, relates a familiar, clichéd tale without offering much new. While his schemes involved mail fraud scams and stock manipulation rather than violence, more detailed and better-written accounts of mob infiltration of Wall Street have appeared recently (e.g., Gary Weiss's Born to Steal and Salvatore Lauria's The Scorpion and the Frog). Purple prose ("With a crackle of gears, the bus descended to hell") mingled with blatant errors (the underboss, not the capo, is "one rung below boss"; Rudy Giuliani never prosecuted John Gotti) and "revelations" that are not news (Carmine Galante's assassins have been publicly named before) add up to a disappointing by-the-numbers story. The few touches of humorâ€"Saggio refers to the mob's ruling body, the Commission, as the "Justice League" and compares his life to that of Harry Potterâ€"don't make Saggio, who comes off here as greedy and conscienceless, any more endearing. Readers with a background in law enforcement will dispute Saggio's accusation that FBI undercover agent Joe Pistone was complicit in three murders and that the FBI let those hits go forward.
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I really felt like I got to know some of the characters.
mike babito
This is the third true crime book I have read, Organized crime stuff is great reading.
"bobbytuna"
Although there doesn't seem to be much substance to it or details.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DebbieT. on May 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book was Astutely researched and engagingly written. I disagree with the gentleman from Kentucky's review I do not think he read the book at all or has read many books, there were some typos some information could possibly get mixed up with information being translated from one author to another especially while the guy is in W.P. and a publisher then re typing the info you have to allow for minor error give us a break KY. I am a criminal justice educator and have studied,read & have seen documentaries on many true crime stories obviously this book was well researched, and as far as Frank Saggio being who he says he is there are public record docs and family members verifying that information to be true in the book. Fred Rosen is an astounding veteran author in True Crime he is new to writing organized crime my applaud to him in writing a well written thouroughly researched book.
If you are interested in true crime and family this book had me in suspense, how much more can go wrong to this family right to the very end of the book. Two Thumbs up!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 2004
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I read this in two days; it was that good and easy to read. "Born to the Mob" is a real-life Sopranos, much more realistic though. You can hear the wise guy's voice - he obviously can't resist bragging about the scams that have succeeded. What I'm interested in now is what happens next - the ending sort of implies that he's going straight, which seems a stretch given his past. If he DOES go straight, that would be an even better story.
I stumbled onto the book because Saggio's cowriter is a true crime author who wrote the cult class "Lobster Boy," a must-read if you're into crime, or the bizarre (or both).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mary on June 15, 2004
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I thought this book was about the best thing I've read in a while . It was exciting, on the edge of my seat. It was also funny, "all I could think was santa clause was coming to kill me". I hope to see more books from frank saggio and fred rosen.
I give born to the mob " TWO THUMBS UP " great book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "miketeeball" on June 11, 2004
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What an exciting and tense life this guy had, a must read not only for the true crime lover.
This guy is not stupid,If these people choose the legitimate path in their lives they would be captains of industry.
I didn't want it to end.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 23, 2004
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Great book. Well-written. It reads as if Frank was right there in the room with me telling me these chilling stories. This is real and these people aren't at all conflicted about what they do. The book does a great job of showing how someone growing up on the fringes of the mob can get so caught up in it that they become blind to how illegal their actions are. Chilling that people like this could be living quietly next door and you would never even know it and then you're in the middle of it as their façade of respectability comes crashing down around them. Lots of action
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mike babito on May 20, 2004
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I found the book to very interesting Especially the part about the attempt on his life, I felt like I was there.
I enjoyed many of Fred Rosen's books it was great reading.
I really felt like I got to know some of the characters.
M.B.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "bigpoppap" on June 11, 2004
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This was one of the best mob books I have ever read. I found the book to be factual and entertaining. I study the mafia as a hobby and Mr. Saggio's life provided suspense and eye opening facts. A must read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marianna on June 28, 2004
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This book is an excellent book. I have been tired of hearing about the same old OC people, This book brings someone we don't hear about over and over again that has been getting boring. This book gave a great background on Frank Saggo's life I now want to hear more about his life as it is now and what he is doing. The part about how the feds finally allowed him to see his wife and son while they were going through such a traumatic time was intense, I did not know who he would run into while he was back in NY. Great book Mr. Saggio, we need another one to hear more detail from you.
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