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Gotti: Rise and Fall Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1996

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About the Author

Jerry Capeci is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Mafia and organized crime. He covered the crime beat for both the New York Daily News and the New York Post (and was the only newspaperman to sneak his way into Carlo Gambino’s funeral in 1976) for more than 20 years. He is the co-author of Murder Machine, the terrifying saga of Roy DeMeo’s bloodthirsty Mafia crew, and Gotti: Rise & Fall. A native of the mean streets of Bath Beach, Brooklyn, he now lives in Manhattan.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: NAL (June 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780451406811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451406811
  • ASIN: 0451406818
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the best book on John Gotti, there is no question about it. Capeci & Mustain provide an entirely objective, intelligent and succint synopsis of the short reign of the flamboyant mobster from his rise until his inevitable fall, to define the namesake of the book title. The text is legible, concise, and matter-of-fact, without personal opinions or confusing dialogue that is not properly formatted. One could almost consider the book a well-researched and reader-friendly FBI briefing minus the capitals. There are many books available on John Gotti, and the Gambino family, but none are as carefully scrutinized and well-displayed as Rise And Fall. The addition of photographs is a plus, as they give the reader a glimpse of whom the press referred to as 'The Dapper Don' in all his Brioni, Armani and Hugo Boss glory. But the man himself is not glorified for the book, rightfully, and any romanticisms that remained ingrained in the minds of mob buffs is duly erased in this novel, for it is a blow-by-blow account of a ruthless mob boss, a liar, a bragger, a criminal and a killer. In fact, the aftermath of the gangster's demise resonates justice, and brings a sense of pride to a once-corrupted American justice system. Capeci is, as always, the cream of organized crime media.
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Allthough parts of this book read like the new york times,i think jerry went to great lengths to get the events of the story in the correct order.also jerry gives a view from both sides which is unbiased to one or the other and while some of the events are debatable i think you would find jerrys account more credible than other sources .jerry goes to great length to illustrate how the legal aspects were and as i am from england and not knowing how your legal structure works i found this helpfull to understand how things worked.on the whole a very detailed account of the rise and fall of the dapper don himself.a good read one for the openminded.
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I think this book is a must read for people who are fans of John Gotti and for people who are generaly intersted in organozed crime. This book not only portrays an acurate picture of the rise and fall of John Gotti but it also gives readers a picture of the inside workings of the Gambino crime family. It is very interesting and you can learn a lot.
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The authors have written an informative book about the former Gambino family boss with a lot of details about his personal life and his career as a criminal in a ruthless, dangerous environment. At times, though it felt like l was reading a series of newspaper articles, but after all the authors are journalists.

There is much info about the activities and structure of the Gambino family and the members and their rackets. There is also plenty of info about how the Police, F.B.I and the Justice Department tried to put Castellano, Gotti and others away in jail.

Gotti comes across as a clever, ruthless criminal who is a natural leader and is able to gain the confidence of his close

associates. He gets away with the the Castellano whack and moves quickly to establish himself as the Gambino boss with his soldiers support. He is willing to approve murders of some Gambino members when he feels it is justified.

His downfall occurs when he underestimates the determination and the resources of the the F.B.I and the Justice Dept who are desperate to get convictions on him and put him away in jail. He also never saw it coming that Sammy the Bull would turn on him and testify for the Government.

Of course the authors tend at times to stereotype the criminal world as they are outsiders looking in. As always other authors on Gotti and the Mafia have different opinions and sources of information. For any one after more info it is worth reading Sammy Gravano's account.

For a detailed account of the history of crime gangs in New York over the last 200 years including Tammany Hall and the 20th century Mafia, Virgil Peterson's "The Mob" is an excellent start, it is very dry but well researched and full of information.
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This was the first book I read on Gotti, and at the time I enjoyed it. I think it's pretty impressive, all the information Capeci and Mustain rounded up for this; they are good writers. The story is repetitive, though. Who wants to know every single insignificant detail of Gotti's rise to power? His 'public'? hehe. Again, let me tell you, Capeci and Mustain are great writers, I thought their book 'Murder Machine' was a lot more interesting than this. If you're really interested in Gotti, though, I recommend you read Underboss; it's told in Sammy Gravano's own words and that makes it REALY interesting. I bet Gotti loved this book, probably did a lot for his ego. He refuses to be interviewed for it, though, because he wanted to appear as though he was sticking to the old cosa nostra rules.
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I think the book is excellent. As a mafia novice who purchased the book for something to read during spring break, I read the book in one night- I could not put it down. It does a good job at detailing the organization of the Gambino family and Cosa nostra in general. It also gives good biographical accounts of both Gotti and Gravano. I find mob movies empty most of the time so reading a non-fiction account of Mob life in its most famous family was fascinating for me. For 6 bucks, you get ten times more out of it than an 8 dollar movie.
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