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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover (June 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591843987
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591843986
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Ferrante shares cogent advice for employees, middle managers, and bosses. A colorful and surprisingly practical business primer.”
Publishers Weekly

“One of the wisest and wittiest collections of reflections on life and business ever penned by a wiseguy.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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An excellent example for business wisdom seekers. Ferrante shares cogent business advice for employees, middle managers, and bosses. A colorful and surprisingly practical business primer.
--------Publishers Weekly

Ferrante draws on an extensive knowledge of world events, mob lore, and personal experience to deliver an engrossing effort that reads like a rousing memoir, meditation on world history and mafia expose all in one. -----Kirkus Reviews

"[Mob Rules] pours out spicy tales of Mob lore to make its management points, an approach most execs couldn't refuse."
-----New York Post 3/20/11.

"Wiseguy's Wisdom. Worthwhile, sometimes humorous tips on how to succeed in business." --- --New York Daily News

"He never got an M.B.A. but ex-mobster Louis Ferrante learned enough about business on the street."  -----Crain's New York Business

"Former Gambino family associate Louis Ferrante has delivered one of the wisest and wittiest collections of reflections on life and business ever penned by a wiseguy."
-----Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"The Mafia Management Guru."-----BusinessWeek

"Leadership lessons from the mob. Ferrante's book is worth the read...colorful tales of mob life."----Forbes

"Useful lessons for entrepreneurs and even middle managers."
----London Financial Times


"Mob Rules is packed with case studies highlighting the techniques of great practitioners (with) historical insights."
----The Week (London)

"Mob Rules is a collection of lessons that can be gleaned from the long and colourful history of the Mob and applied to the legal business world." -----CTV Canada

"Mob Rules lays out the ways the rules of the Mafia can be applied in pursuit of straight-world success, injecting historical parallels and real-life anecdotes along the way."
-----New York Post 6/13/11

"It's very rare when someone from Lou's world has the heart of a writer. Criminal experiences don't usually lead to great insights. Louis Ferrante is different-his talent for storytelling shines through in Mob Rules."
------Nicholas Pileggi, author of Wiseguy and Casino

"Louis Ferrante is a wise guy in every possible sense of the word. His wisdom is extraordinary and his writing style immaculate."
-David Black, screenwriter and producer for Law & Order

"I knew John Gotti better than anyone, and if he were alive today, Mob Rules would be his favorite book."
----George "Fat George" DiBello, caretaker of John Gotti's South Queens social club during the don's reign

"Finally, Lou brings all of the Mafia's wisdom and business acumen together in Mob Rules and shows readers how they can apply the mob's best practices to their own businesses."
----Rita Gigante, daughter of the late mob boss Vincent "The Chin" Gigante

More About the Author

Louis Ferrante is an American writer and former member of the Gambino crime family.

Ferrante was born and raised in Queens, New York. As a teenager, Ferrante made his reputation as a gang leader. Ferrante and his crew hijacked delivery trucks and drove them to drop-offs all over New York, reselling the merchandise. Ferrante eventually gained the attention of the infamous Gambino crime family. In the early nineties, Ferrante's growing Mafia connections enabled him to commit some of the most lucrative robberies in US history, all by the age of twenty-one.

When the law caught up with Ferrante, he wrote a rap song defending infamous Gambino Family Boss John Gotti, and hired controversial civil rights attorney William Kunstler to defend him. Indictments came from the Secret Service, the Nassau County Organized Crime Force, and the FBI. By 1994, Ferrante faced a life sentence in prison. He pleaded guilty and served nearly a decade in various maximum security prisons after refusing to cooperate against former associates of the Gambino family.

During his incarceration, Ferrante read his first book. He subsequently immersed himself in the study of nearly every subject possible, specifically history and literature. He also learned the art of writing, and penned an historical novel, Aleesa, set in the antebellum South.

Ferrante successfully appealed his own conviction from his prison cell, a case that is cited in courtrooms across the country. In addition to law, he studied many religions, and chose to become an Orthodox Jew.

In the U.S., Ferrante's memoir is Unlocked: a Journey From Prison to Proust in hardcover. The paperback edition is Unlocked: The Life and Crimes of a Mafia Insider. In the United Kingdom, the memoir is Tough Guy: The Life and Crimes of a Mafia Insider. The book has also been translated into Dutch.

Ferrante devotes much of his time visiting prisons and promoting literacy and education in the United States and abroad. In the U.K., Ferrante's contribution to inspiring others in the pursuit of literacy was recognized at a ceremony at Number 10 Downing Street where he was given an award by Sarah Brown, wife of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Ferrante is currently working on his next book, a mystery thriller, and also plans to publish his slavery novel, Aleesa.

Customer Reviews

Love this book, so easy to read very informative and entertaining.
Kendra
These lessons are life lessons and will help you to live a better and more fulfilling life.
mbb666
Some mob rules should be kept in mind- like keep your mouth shut when you can.
Joel J. Kirschbaum

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Mosley on June 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Ferrante offers the unique insight he acquired during his time in the mafia to reveal the inequities that plague 'legitimate' business, showing that sometimes the only difference between legal and illegal is a starched shirt and a tailored suit. In one particularly incisive passage, Mr. Ferrante compares the lending practices of a loan shark with those of a mortgage bank, a comparison that, in the wake of the sub-prime mortgage crisis, seems especially pertinent. What separates this title from other business book is its no-nonsense, straight-talking tone. Absent are any 'insider' tips from the silver-tongues of vaulted, venerated CEO's, tips that, for all their practicality, will never grant readers the unlimited wealth of industrial titans.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By mbb666 on June 13, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
After reading Louis Ferrante's book Unlocked, I have been eagerly awaiting another book from him. I actually pre-ordered the book a couple of months ago and couldn't wait to get it. The day I got it I couldn't start reading it fast enough. As Mr. Ferrante did in his first book, he wrote in such an amazing way that I couldn't put the book down. It is one of those books where you are reading it at night and it's getting later and later, and after you finish a chapter you tell yourself just one more chapter and I'll go to sleep. Of course this doesn't happen and you will find yourself reading on and on.
Mr. Ferrante does an excellent job of explaining how the legitimate businessman can use teachings of the mafia. It's actually quite amazing because before I read it, I couldn't imagine how it would be possible for the legitimate businessman could learn, and use anything from the mafia to help run a legitimate business.
I can tell you that I run a medium to large size company and already I have used quite a few of Mr. Ferrante's "lessons", and I have noticed quite a difference in how my employees act and see things when I present things to them in a different manner that I learned from this book.
One thing that should be mentioned. Even if you work for someone else and "you" are not running the business this book is still a must read. I say this because most of the lessons being taught can be used in your life. These lessons are life lessons and will help you to live a better and more fulfilling life. Mr. Ferrante has a way with his writing style to really get through to you and make you understand things by using stories to put things in perspective.
I know this book is brand new, but I am already eagerly awaiting for another book. Mr, Ferrante's writing style speaks for itself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By WRRbook on June 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In 'Mob Rules', Mr. Ferrante has written a contemporary 'Art of War', not just for business people, but for those from all walks of life. It is a work full of wisdom, humor and an impressive grasp of both mafia and world historical events. The author relates the hardened,unvarnished stories of the most notorious underworld figures in their own words. He then cites the lessons from history that serve as reminders of Santayana's axiom regarding remembering the past. From this mix, Ferrante creates a common-sense philosophy for us all.
There are street stories, alternately funny and tragic, that give the book a gritty, real-life tone. I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shaw on November 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was first introduced to Louis Ferrante's writing thanks to a recent daily email alert from The Startup Daily. Ever since first reading Mario Puzo's The Godfather and The Sicilian in high school and college respectively, I've been intrigued by the structural organization and interactive logistics of the collective known as The Mob. My biggest "a-ha" moment back then was how very much like legitimate businesses and even religious hierarchies this set-up is. But Lou's story isn't just a boastful written swagger of "look what I done." It's a thoughtful reflection of what traditionally has and has not worked in the business dealings of the admittedly highly successful underworld, and it's an elegant display of the rewards of reading - taking one young man from the realm of Barely Functionally Literate to Gifted Writer of Prose.

I've often said that the worst thing that can happen to a writer is nothing. Many of us can spend years in school or retreats trying to fine-tune our writing craft and worry that we will never really have anything to say. Louis Ferrante has seen and done plenty - enough to burn up KBs on his word processors for years to come. He has also developed a unique voice that is as much a pleasure to read for its style as its content.

The holidays are approaching at this writing, but regardless of the time of year, here are four types of people who need to buy or be gifted this book:

1. The business entrepreneur who has a great idea but needs to know the real meat of successful business practices and communications, and not just the jargon-heavy white papers
2.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Foley on January 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I came across this author's books by chance. And I am so glad destiny led me to read them. It's a brilliant piece of work because it relates the compelling organized crime way of "thinking" to that of the more traditional world of business. It's truly a work that glitters and great idea to write such a book. It shows you the genious of the mind at work. It's a true crime and a business book all under one cover.

As a University of Pennsylvania graduate, I can truly say some of the management paradigms in this book on on point to some areas taught at the Wharton School. For example, it outlines ways to look at a project to see all the ways money can be generated. Don't just look and fight to build " yankee stadium". ALso, look to find all the other ways to make money while building the stadium (food, cement, sanitation, snow removal, etc. Essentially, there;s lots of low hanging fruit and ways to make a buck. Similar to his first book, this piece of work keeps the reader engrossed through his organized crime stories in addition to historical lessons. It ties together academics, true crime and management lessons. This work is an actual example of what this book aims to teach.

This author should also write a book about the art of negotiation and how the mob/street relates......This author truly has a lot of street and book smarts that can benefit the masses.....I can't say enough good things about these books......Just read them...it just may change your life
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