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"This is a dark, informed, and effective bio, and DeStefano is a master at cutting through the secrecy of the Mafia hierarchy."
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"Dramatic ... thrilling ... tantalizing ... DeStefano's prose cohesively describes the trials, legal strategies, and lawyers, revealing previously unseen aspects of Basciano's character as he fought to avoid the death penalty."
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Critical acclaim for Anthony M. Destefano’s King of the Godfathers:

“DeStefano’s book tracks the downfall not only of Massino himself but all of the old
organized crime families. ... DeStefano gives us unique insights.”
New York Law Journal

“The last word and best work on the life and times of Joe Massino ... DeStefano brings the story to life … and adds special insight into Massino.”
—Jerry Capeci, creator of GangLandNews.com

“Thrilling American crime writing.”
—Jimmy Breslin, author of The Good Rat and winner of the Pulitzer Prize

About the Author

Anthony M. DeStefano is a staff reporter for Newsday, covering legal affairs and criminal justice in New York City. Formerly a staff reporter at the Wall Street Journal and Fairchild News Service, he has appeared on Biography Channel programs about Joseph Massino and Mafia killer Thomas Pitera as an expert on organized crime.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; First Edition edition (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762785411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762785414
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mickey Ryan on August 2, 2013
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Anthony DeStefano FINALLY hits a bulls eye with this slickly told and candid look into what is arguably the last hurrah of the notoriously rogue Bonanno clan of NYC's Five Families. A successor to Joe Massino, Vinny rose through the Bronx ranks of the family in the 90s and 2000s...a time that has informants littering La Cosa Nostra and Albanian Mob forces on the rise. Greed, betrayal, and bloodshed rules his corrupt lifestyle until it all comes crashing down with a one-way ticket to Colorado's ADX Supermax Federal Prison in 2011. I admit I was anticipating this book but was weary at the same time because I know the author can be inconsistent (journalists-turned-authors can be problematic). But I must say he gets it right here and has improved a great deal. Definitely recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Morgan on September 29, 2013
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Very well researched and written account of the final chapter of the Bananno family. It traces Vinny thru the stages of a rising mobster and his final betrayal by Joe Massino, head of the family. A good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pushed 60 on November 4, 2013
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I often take a break from historic fiction to read something contemporary and frequently select a Mafia expose. This was good and what made it different is the government cooperation by a head of a NY family. Wondering what type of sentence Vinny would receive based on the information provided by Massino made the story compelling. What I especially liked was at the end of the book DeStafano gave a synopsis of what happened to each of the "players" in the book. Nothing particularly unusual in this book...just a good read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joseph March on September 2, 2013
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Read it in 1 day. Very well written and researched. The author should write one about Messino. I was left with no questions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rf1959 on December 25, 2013
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Good book and an easy read. Fast paced, kept my attention. Gives an overall view of what a major mafia family has become.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD HALL OF FAME on August 19, 2013
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and the bringing down of Vinny is fairly recent and this book recounts everything detail, for detail. you know how it is going to end and yet its very well written and everything flows. so many deals were struck here that after a while you were left wondering what is left on the table again to offer? very compelling read and it took you through a time period and how things went down.
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I wasn't impressed with DeStefano's writing in his previous work like "King of Godfathers" or it's other title "The Last Godfather" but this one definitely is a step up. Very well researched, Vinny Basciano has led a violent, active, and event filled life rarely having a year where nothing is documented. From racketeering to drug dealing and murders, to conspiracy to commit murders, from conspiracies to conspire to commit murders Basciano does it all and this book does a great job of covering it.

A few things were disappointing such as Basciano and Massino conversations in prison not being an edited wiretap transcript of their conversations which were very entertaining and interesting.
Another thing the book goes a little too much into Basciano and the lawyers who defended him. Brafman and Levin are interesting men but a lot was left out like DeStefano could have wrote waaaaaaaaaay more about Bruno Indelicato, Basciano's crew member, who has a very very interesting life as well.
The book also skims over a murder of an Albanian that was killed at a Basciano social club. It doesn't give the guys name, the date, or barely anything involved in the homicide.

A good book nonetheless, I'm glad DeStefano covers the Bonanno family in a well researched way. Go ahead and buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eddie Simelton on October 27, 2013
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It was interesting and enlightening!! It took one into the inner workings of a NY Mafia Family and showed what a dangerous world it is!
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