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Bugsy Siegel built Las Vegas, but it was Tony "The Ant" Spilotro who ran the show. Now William F. Roemer, Jr., veteran FBI agent and scourge of the Cosa Nostra, tells the shocking story of how a teenage wiseguy grew up to become "the man" in Vegas. From the gritty streets of Chicago to the neon-lit Nevada wonderland, Roemer assembles a rogue's gallery of the highest-ranking capos and the lowest creeps of organized crime. As incredible as any work of fiction -- but it's all fact!
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Books (April 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804113106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804113106
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is great read for true crime buffs.
The Historian
Instead of putting himself in the background and telling the story he colors it too much with tiresome, trite observations.
Ed Scarpo
I dont even know why he bothered, after reading this book I would have given him my money not to write it!!!
L. K. Backus

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By N. P. Stathoulopoulos on August 18, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Aside from this book and Pileggi's Casino, there isn't much that deals directly with the Chicago mob's foothold in Vegas and the man who kept people in line, Tony 'The Ant' Spilotro. (In Casino, Joe Pesci played a character closely based on Spilotro.)
The problem with this book is that it's misleading from the start. This book is not really about Spilotro all that much. Bill Roemer penned Man Against the Mob and then his ego must have really swelled. Roemer spends a good portion of this book talking about himself. When he's not reminding the reader that he's brave, courageous, strong, a lawyer, a former boxer at Notre Dame, and an all around good person, he name drops about a thousand other law enforcement people involved in taking down mobsters. It makes you wonder about the ridiculous amount of money and resources dedicated to busting the Mafia; meanwhile, a guy like Spilotro managed to stay out of jail for a good portion of the time he was muscling Vegas.
Roemer didn't know Spilotro all that much. He admits this, and yet his book just goes on and on. He only met Spilotro a couple of times, and Roemer reminds us that he's so brave that he wasn't afraid of 'The Ant', a nickname that Roemer is proud he helped coin.
If you're interested in the story behind Casino, book and film, then this will be of interest. It has a few insights into some of the other characters, but there isn't enough about Spilotro, who must have been a bit more complex than Roemer thinks if the guy had the kind of street power he did in Las Vegas.
While Pileggi's Casino is a bit too Lefty Rosenthal-centric, The Enforcer is a bit too much Roemer to handle at times.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By L. K. Backus on April 25, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
PLEASE DONT WASTE YOUR TIME!!!!

Ive read several mafia books and this is by far the worst.

All Roemer talks about is him self theres actually very little about Spilotro???? He mentions and kisses up to every cop and agent he's ever meant??? He thinks J Edgar Hoover was god???

This book is extremely boring? hardly anything about Spilotro.

I dont even know why he bothered, after reading this book I would have given him my money not to write it!!! Complete waste of time!

Did you know that Roemer used to box in college? well you will when you read this book I dont think theres a single page that he doesnt mention it?(joke)

Each chapter starts with a couple paragraphs about Spilotro and then page after page about himself and everybody in the world BUT Spilotro???? THANKYOU
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K.A.Goldberg on March 24, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Retired FBI Agent William Roemer (1926-1996) details the activities of mobster Tony Spilotro, alleged to be the Chicago mob's "heat" in Las Vegas during the 1970's. During those years the syndicate in Chicago and other Midwest cities skimmed millions of dollars from several Las Vegas casinos, an activity documented in the book (and movie) CASINO. After the skim was uncovered in the early 1980's, several Mafia bosses and teamster officials ended up in federal prison, while other figures ended up dead. At about that time, Spilotro's burglary crew was busted, turned informant, and in 1986 Spilotro and his brother were were found beaten and buried alive in an Indiana farm field.

Several reviewers have correctly noted that this book rambles, is light on documentation, and that the somewhat self-centered author was far from an "expert" on Spilotro and Las Vegas. Also, there seems to be debate on whether Spilotro was the syndicate's "heat" in Vegas or mostly a free lance gangster. I liked the book, but there are better books (CASINO by Nicholas Pileggi) available.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Doepke on July 5, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Good object lesson in how Amazon reviews can save you money. I bought my copy on impulse, off the shelf. Fortunately, I only wasted $10. Considering today's book prices, it could have been more. Yes, the book is as ill-conceived and meandering as overwhelming number of reviews indicate. Unfortunately, there's precious little evidence of research anywhere in the text. No need to repeat points already made and so glaringly present in the book. Experience is a little like sitting with a good ol' boy at a boozy party, who can't wait to tell you all about rosy memories and great guys from days in the FBI, and, oh yeah, something about some guy named Spil ott ro, or was it Spil oh tro.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ed Scarpo on May 31, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This has got to be one of the worst books on the mob I have ever read -- primarily because of the author's constant moralizing and preaching. At the same time the book is filled with too many asides, obviously because the author didn't know enough about Spilotro -- his subject -- and had to jack the thing up to book length. I wonder if this was rushed into print to cash in on the film Casino.
In Roemers's world everything is black and white. He constantly attempts to impress us with how brave and heroic he is, when in reality he comes across as a bore. Instead of putting himself in the background and telling the story he colors it too much with tiresome, trite observations. Even in the pictures in the middle of the book, he had to include a shot of himself in the boxing ring. Read this, then read Donnie Brasco. Roemer hides behind his badge; Pistone went out and put the bad guys in the can.
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