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The Deadly Don: Vito Genovese, Mafia Boss Kindle Edition
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About the Author
ANTHONY M. DESTEFANO
and his acclaimed books
—Nicholas Pileggi, author of Wiseguy and Casino
“Thrilling American crime writing.”
—Jimmy Breslin, author of The Good Rat and winner of the Pulitzer Prize
“DeStefano is a master at cutting through the secrecy of the Mafia hierarchy.”
“[A] well researched take on organized crime . . . Will appeal to
readers of criminal histories and tales of New York’s political underworld.”
“DeStefano’s book tracks the downfall [of] all of the old organized crime families . . . unique insights.”
—New York Law Journal
“The best and last word on the subject . . . DeStefano brings the story to life.”
—Jerry Capeci, creator of GangLandNews.com --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B08GY6NBL5
- Publisher : Citadel Press (May 25, 2021)
- Publication date : May 25, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1861 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 293 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #74,251 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Vito Genovese skipped the country to Italy to escape prosecution for the murder of Ferdinand Boccia and we are treated to World War II in Italy during 1943. Genovese had a love/hate relationship with his second wife Anna. He also was involved in drug trafficking and sentence to a 15 year prison term with time spent in prisons in Atlanta and Leavenworth. With the decline in his health Vito Genovese didn't age well. Years of smoking led to emphysema and clogged arteries with The Deadly Don passing away on February 14, 1969.
I have a fascination reading about mobsters but this book, through no fault of the author, fell somewhat flat according to my interest level. The book contains 16 pages of photographs.
What we get is a lot of facts thrown at us. Mostly in chronological order, he does do some backpedaling though, to add events that were left out and needed to be talked about. This is a very dry book, As I said, we do get a lot of facts thrown at us as we read. Since Mr. DeStefano is a journalist, he takes the journalistic approach of dispensing facts, no story, no buildup. You know the line from the old tv show, “Just the facts, ma’am”. That’s how this biography is written. Now, this isn’t bad, you definitely build a complete picture of just how Don Vito was, from the time he came to the USA, how he grew in the Mafia, his life in exile, his return, even his time in prison. He is one of the few men of the Mafia who was actually able to grow old. We know how rare that was during that period. It was more common to be struck down in you prime than it was to age.
I definitely enjoyed learning about Don Vito Genovese, from the time of his arrival, to the time of his death. I do thank the author for all of his hard work to find out everything he could on this elusive Don.
**I received an ARC of this story from the publisher and NetGalley and this is my honest and voluntary review.
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The book also dispel some of the myths about Genovese such as him having ordered the murder of Carlo Tresca, the reporter, to please Mussolini, the Italian dictator.
The reason why I give the book 4 stars instead of 5 have to do with Lucky Luciano's so called autobiography, which gets quoted in the book several times.
It's a fact it's not an actual autobiography and that it contains several factual errors.
The reviews of the book when it came out were negative. They did'nt believe it was an autobiography and neither did the FBI, which you can see in the FBI's file on Luciano (available online).
With that in mind it's odd that the author quotes the book without telling the reader that the autobiography is questionable.
But that's my only gripe about the book.
It's certainly an interesting book on Genovese and absolutely worth reading if you are interested in the life of mob boss Vito Genovese.