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Mob Star: The Story of John Gotti 1st New edition Edition
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and the "DODO DON," because he is now extinct.)
Capeci shows that Gotti was probably the most unintelligent and ignorant Mafia leader ever. It is hard to believe such a unqualified gangster rose through the ranks to become a leader. When one considers such "respectable" Mafiosi as Luciano, Lucchese, Costello, Bonanno, etc., it is hard to fathom such an unlikely Don. In more sensible Mafia times, Gotti would have remained a "Soldier" indefinitely. Incredibly, through brutality and hard times for Cosa Nostra, Gotti took his position as leader of the Gambino Family. But as Capeci shows, Gotti was no Gambino. Nor was Gotti even half the leader Paul Castellano (the "Don" Gotti killed) was. Like many modern Cosa Nostra members, Gotti violated the traditional Mafia "10 Commandments" and lived an ostentatious lifestyle that became his downfall. Apparently, the Mafia is ridding themselves of fools such as Gotti in leadership positions, and employing state-of-the-art electronic and human countermeasures against opponents.
When you read this well-researched, well-written book, you will understand why Cosa Nostra is in decline, just as our government and country are. Incompetents have taken charge.
This is a must read for anyone with the least bit of curiosity about the Mafia and it's late "Teflon Don".
The book Mob Star was thrilling and exciting. After reading the first chapter it was hard not to put this book down. The way the authors go into great detail about what is going on and how it happens, you feel like you were in the same room with john at every moment.Mob Star is a very fast reading book,only because you can not wait to see what John Gotti gets into next.I would recomend this book to anyone who likes the Mafia or just wants to read an excilent book.
This book shows how difficult it is to understand criminals and criminal activity. By its nature there is rarely a written record and often participants will not speak of events. It is interesting how often the 2 FBI informers in Gotti's group contradict each other, even the criminals don't know what is going on! Hence this book relies heavily on transcripts from phone taps and listening devices, putting Gotti and co centre-stage in their own words.
What this method lacks is CONTEXT and there is no attributed input from other people - criminals, police, and lawyers especially - who could put (maybe) Gotti in some sort of social framework. So we read a lot of Gotti's talk but little about what he actually does.
Consequently there is no sense of Gotti's rise within the Gambino organisation, for most of the book he is just a gangster at the Bergin Club. Then suddenly, near the end, he is sitting down with Castellano (Godfather) and Dellacroce (Underboss) to discuss plans for running the organisation if Castellano is jailed and Dellacroce dies. He is obviously a powerful force in the organisation but the book fails to show how he became so.
Again, common lore has it that a New York Godfather's assassination must be sanctioned by the other families, so Gotti must be prominent enough to deal with them and obtain their acquiescence. Again there is no indication of Gotti's relations with other Mafia families in the book.
Within the Gambino organisation Gotti must have persuaded others to support him and must have neutralised rivals. There must have been many other men who wanted to be Godfather, how did Gotti deal with them? Again the book is silent on these matters.Read more ›
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Not too thrilled with this "not tell all" version of the life of John Gotti. Way too much info and explanation from an FBI standpoint and just not enough mafia drama.Published 13 months ago by sonny123
My nephew wanted this and I have no idea why until he told me he wanted as a reference when he's studying criminal law.Published 15 months ago by larry
I haven't finished this book yet but i love
Mob stories so i'm sure i will love this one as well!!!
My husband is reading it, but he loves it. Mob stories are his favorite because he knew many of these people while working in the federal penitentiary.Published 20 months ago by Kim Wahl
John Gotti was the face of the New York Mafia for the 1980's, Gene Mustain and Jerry Capeci were the New York Mob reporters at that time, they watched Gotti's drama unfold and had... Read morePublished on August 2, 2012 by Justin Callahan