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Gotti: Rise and Fall Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1996
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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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A very good account of the rise and fall of one of the most notorious gangsters of our time. I especially enjoyed learning about Gotti's early years as a young street hustler... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mark Silverman
Wasnt impressed didnt learn anything knew that didnt alreday read aboutPublished 13 months ago by Joni Warren
I'm writing this review because I'm defending Mr. Gotta and his family because as a friend it is my duty. These so called journalists are completely full of it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jacob Rubio
I'm sure it is a lovely book if you like this sort of thing, but it never arrived.Published 23 months ago by june wynn
John Gotti is rightly known as, "THE MORON DON." (Also known as "THE DUMB SH-T DON," for his stupidity;
and the "DODO DON," because he is now extinct. Read more