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Mob: Stories of Death and Betrayal from Organized Crime (Adrenaline Series) Paperback – Bargain Price, September 1, 2001

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Anyone fascinated by the gritty mobster world fictionalized by The Godfather or The Sopranos will find this audio selection inviting. Most of these selections are excerpts from nonfiction works, making the accounts of people entering the mob business, doing their first "hit" and leading double lives that much more unsettling. Aselford's reading of the wonderful introduction by editor Willis sets the right tone for the coming selections: he admits being equally enthralled and terrified of the mob; he recalls passing up a magazine assignment that would have required him to delve into the financial secrets of some very powerful and connected people. Two of the selections from Peter Mass's Underboss (read by Richard Rohan) and Killer by Joey and David Fisher (read by Gary Telles) are quite riveting. Joey is matter-of-fact about his many successful killings, but insists he's just a regular guy who takes out the garbage and likes to watch Jeopardy. Telles's Brooklyn tough-guy accent is so convincing that listeners will occasionally grimace as they listen to some of the more gruesome details. Rohan's narration of Sammy "The Bull" Gravano's tales of life in the Mafia is equally credible and mesmerizing. Based on the Thunder's Mouth paperback.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

From Library Journal

Another gripping anthology from the "Adrenaline" series, this collection opens with a real bang (no pun intended) in a true-to-life selection entitled The G-Man and the Hit Man by Fredric Dannen, which purports to be the real-life actions of a hit man. Terence Aselford does an excellent job of conveying the lingo and style of a mobster who considers himself "as just another working stiff." His matter-of-fact descriptions of what is expected in a contract, the details of planning the hit, and the nuances of completing a job set the stage for the rest of these heavy-hitting works. Nonfiction and fiction contributions from the best chroniclers of this genre include Peter Maas (Underboss) and Joseph D. Pistone (Donnie Brasco) and are further enhanced by Bruce McCall's Gangland Style and Pino Arlacchi's Mafia Business. Each narrator's (Aselford, Richard Rohan, and Gary Telles) understated interview style creates an authentic feel that augments the drama. In his introduction, Willis addresses his (and many others') fascination with organized crime without using his selections to lionize its lifestyle. What with the popularity of The Sopranos, it's obvious that a great many people are mesmerized by the underworld. An excellent sampler for this genre; highly recommended for public libraries.
Gloria Maxwell, Penn Valley Community Coll., Kansas City, MO
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Adrenaline Series
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156025324X
  • ASIN: B00127OHYU
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,554,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andy Entwistle on September 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
Clint Willis has stuck with the formula that propelled this series to success by locating writings on Organized Crime that we probably would never see otherwise - and it's all great stuff. It would have been easy to pull excerpts from sensationalized tell-alls on the True Crime shelf, but luckily that's NOT where Mr. Willis takes us. The writing of Peter Maas takes us into a money-making scheme gone bad, "Joey" explains how to set up a hit. For the story of Donnie Brasco, instead of going the easy route and plugging in an action chapter, the editor took an opening section from the book, on the mundane things that the FBI agent had to do to be accepted in his undercover role - fascinating. A mafia wife gives us a look from her perspective. The chapter from Casino avoids the casino itself and shows us instead how organized crime launders its money through semi-legitimate sources to get control of the casinos. One chapter discusses the tightrope relationship of a Don and his lawyer, another one shows the interplay between a mob informant and his FBI handler. It's all great stuff that you probably haven't seen before, and will likely motivate you to buy some of the source books. Only two excerpts are fiction and one, from the Godfather, is from a pivotal movie scene. This book is a great gift for any true-crime reader.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
This book is great,it is what got me hooked on stories about the mob and mafia. I would recomend it to any one who is intrested in organized crime.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Drew on May 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
Overall, I think that this book was exceptional. The stories contained are, for the most part, gripping and real. I couldn't put the book down when I read the story by "Joey", the anonymous hitman. The most exciting thing about this book is the reality of it. The mojority of stories contained are about real people and real things. I recommend this book to everyone
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Sunclades on April 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is, for a "fan" of the Mafia, is almost a must own. It is filled with book excerpts and magazine articles and 2 works of fiction, the rest is all "true". Or at least as true as Mafia stories go. My favorite excerpts from this book were the brief portion of Donnie Brasco. It showed just how mundane going undercover in the Mob can be. I also quite enjoyed the section from "Killer". We get to see the mob through a hitmans eyes. He tells you how cold he is and how after the first couple of hits, he could murder someone then go spend a quiet evening with his family. He never felt remorse because in his mind "You must have done something pretty bad to bring em to your door." Also the excerpt from "Boss of Bosses" is comical in the sense that the Mafia Don of the Gambino crime family convinced the 2 FBI agents that had him in custody, to take him out to lunch. All in all this a fascinating collection that shows the dark side of the mob that tends to get glossed over by the Hollywood productions.
Thanks for your time.
T
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mook Merkin on October 19, 2007
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You're much better off going to the original books this compilation rips off. There are editing mistakes galore in this volume, and the editor adds nothing new (except some typos). I'd sell mine as a used book but I don't want to rip off someone else with this trash.
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