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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806527358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806527352
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,387,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anthony M. DeStefano is a New York City journalist who specializes in legal affairs, criminal justice and organized crime. He is the author of "Vinny Gorgeous: The Ugly Rise and Fall Of A New York Mobster," published in July 2013, "The Last Godfather" "King of the Godfathers" and "Mob Killer," the latter of which was released in June 2011. He also authored "The War On Human Trafficking," published by Rutgers University Press.
In connection with his work, he has traveled to Europe and South America. He also speaks at academic conferences about crime and human trafficking. As part of promotional work for "Vinny Gorgeous," Mr. DeStefano will be appearing on radio and in select book signings and discussions. Recently, he has appeared on the Biography Channel and Sundance Channel.

For more information about his work and upcoming events, check out www.tonydestefano.com or look at his Face Book pages under Anthony M. DeStefano and King of The Godfathers.

Customer Reviews

The research was there as well as the way he told the story.
Alexandra Keener
Great book .kept me into it all nite,like to read in bed and this was just great,will now start another book called proff of heaven.
albert e.gianneski
Anyone interested in true crime stories or Mob stories will love this book.
read4information

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By read4information on September 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Great read, goes into many areas that have up in till now been unknown. Gives insight to Massino's family life, his Crime life and how he got where he did.

This book gives you a feel for all the players, the FBI, the US Attorneys,the defense lawyers. It goes into the history of the crime families, how they started and how the Bonnono's were looked down on and how Joseph put them back into power. Good background in his crew and the men that ratted him out. Lots of facts, author met with Massio's family and also gets information from a unknown source. Anyone interested in true crime stories or Mob stories will love this book.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Bill Emblom on December 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Joe Massino used the name of the Massino family instead of the Bonanno family because he felt Joe Bonanno sold out the mob by writing a tell-tale book that spilled family secrets. The Massino family suffered the embarrassment of being infiltrated by Joseph Pistone (Donnie Brasco). Massino's paranoia led him to mark for assassination those who had knowledge of the hits he had orchestrated throughout the years. The book centers around three captains that Massino had marked for assassination, and whose deaths among others, led to a trial in which he was sentenced to prison for life. The old mafia rules of not singing to the authorities apparently doesn't hold today as several members told what they knew regarding Massino's role in order to seek a lighter sentence. A virtual treasure trove of information was provided to the authorities as the dominoes began to fall. Massino, himself, fell in line with the other informants in order to avoid a death sentence. The book includes some nasty photos of mob hits in addition to some cartoonish photos of mobsters with bulging bellies who attended too many meetings where pasta was a staple. The book includes a number of mob hits in addition to a significant section devoted to the trial of Joseph Massino. The book clearly illustrates loyalty within the mob is in the past tense. Massino certainly knew that as he dispatched anyone who knew about his sordid past. The author did a fine job with the book, and fans of crime books will enjoy it.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By The Boss on June 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'm a huge mafia head and I know almost everything about New York's mafia scene. This book opened up a few new things to me ESPECIALLY about the murders of Sonny Black. This book is a touches with the intro the La Cosa Nostra, How the Bonanno crime famlily got started, How the murder of Carmine Galante went down, Who actually murdered Sonny Black & ends with Why Big joe became a rat. Towards the end the book does dry out, but it's still worth the buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Douglas E. Libert on June 20, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
i liked the way this book gave alot of info about the wives of mob figures.I've always wondered what the wives knew about their husband's activities and how they rationalized it. The wives are a convenient way to hide and transfer the assets of mobsters and they should bear some(or alot) of the guilt.The one DA in the book was putting pressure on mobster wives and this was a tactic I was unaware of and have wondered why mobsters' wives were considered,"untouchable".After all who is too often pressuring the mobster to bring in more money?
Joe Massino or "Joe Wagons"(nicknamed for his sandwich and coffee truck business) is represented in this book as one of the "Last Dons".Because law enforcement techniques (but mainly "legalized" gambling) are making the "family" less profitable and more dangerous, more and more mobsters are turning "states evidence".This book tells the tale of how law enforcement is breaking the comraderie of mobsters who previously took a "blood oath" to be faithful to the mob.Behind the facade of the "ham sandwuch guru",the story of Massino, is one filled with scams and murder.Apparently there's not much money in ham sandwiches,but it does get a person out into the working world to promote their scams.This book will keep you glued.Lots of gruesome photos which initially shock,but then as you read the history of the poor unfortunate you feel alot less sympathetic.(Just the mob's way of cleaning it's own house)!Well researched and highly readable
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sylviastel VINE VOICE on July 24, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Joseph Massino and others known to be involved in New York and New Jersey's Mafia families. This book is the real truth behind organized families (mostly Italian Catholic) just as in the Godfather movies and Sopranos television series. For those fans of the Sopranos who can't get enough of organized crime families will be shocked to read about the carnage in this book. I had run out of space writing all the names of those murdered or died in the blank pages of the book. I live in New Jersey and most of those names ring a familiar bell especially the Pizza Connection murders that was publicized all over television during the 1980s on the local news. Before he ran for President, Rudy Giuliani was going after the New York City crime families and of course, Leona Helmsley, for tax evasion. Giuliani himself an Italian Catholic New Yorker is barely mentioned in this book but he was partly responsible for the downfall of the families. Granted, this book is not for the squeamish. It's graphic and the pictures show the depravity and seriousness of the murders committed by Sammy the Bull Gravano and Joseph Massino. The pictures also show a close-knit family oriented activities like weddings and celebrations. Behind those photos lurks the darkness and evil, the organized crime families' downfall was brought upon by their pride, their several errors, and mistakes that often destroy businesses. Greed and pride are two big causes of the downfall. This book is about Joseph Massinio probably the last of the godfathers who survived only to go to prison with his family heartbroken and distraught over the family's betrayal. The book also has an index of those who survived and what has become of them. I think an index would have been a good idea. The book is well-written and researched but I wished an index and a family tree explaining the roles of the godfathers, associates, and others involved in organized crimes would have been useful too but it's a great book.
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