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The Mob and Me: Wiseguys and the Witness Protection Program Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 14, 2010
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"Dick Hill does his usual excellent work narrating this first-person account of the origin of the Witness Protection Program.... [He] is completely convincing as Partington." ---AudioFile --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
John Partington (d. 2006), a former commissioner of public safety in Providence, Rhode Island, participated in the formation of the Witness Protection Program in the 1960s.
Arlene Violet is a former attorney general of Rhode Island and the author of Convictions: My Journey.
Reader of over 400 audiobooks, Dick Hill has won three coveted Audie awards and been nominated numerous times. He is also the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. AudioFile includes Dick on their prestigious list of "Golden Voices." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
As exhilarating as this portion of the book alone is... the true character and personality of these witnesses... which ranged from psychopathic hit men to highly intelligent financial wizards... to poor "schleps" forced into this life, either by unwanted circumstance... or a gambling addiction... are all described by John based on his almost 24/7 involvement with them for days/weeks/months at a time... which forced their real inner character to be displayed. What is yet another level of excitement for the reader is the uncovering of all the corruption not only in different police departments... but the FBI and government as well. And to John's never ending credit... he never tries to hide from it. Some of the ways this corruption raised its ugly head was when a particular witness needed additional law enforcement protection when strong death threats to witnesses and their families were made, and depending on the jurisdiction they were being hidden in... the witness might say we can't use the local cops... or a specific FBI office... because the protected "bad guy" knew the mob had had members of those organizations on "the-pad"... so they couldn't be trusted.
As an added "cherry-on-top" for a reader like myself who enjoys reading about organized crime... are all the mob nicknames. Here are just a few for you to wet your appetite:
*BIG "AL" POLIZZI, "FAT TONY" SALERNO, ANGELO "BIG ANGE" LONARDO, JAMES "BIG JIM" COLOSIMO, "BIG JOEY" MASSINO, "BIG PAULIE" CASTELLANO, "SKINNY" DOM PIZZONIA, "SKINNY" JOEY MERLINO, "MIKEY SEARS" DILEONARDO, GEORGE "MUSCLES" FUTTERMAN, JOHN "THE DAPPER DAN" GOTTI, "GOOD LOOKING" SAL VITALE, JOE "ADONIS" DOTO, JOHNNY "HANDSOME" ROSELLI, JOE "THE ANIMAL" BARBOZA, ANTONIO "JOE BATTERS" ACCARDO, ANTHONY "ANT" SPILOTRO, "MAD SAM" DESTEFANO, CIRO "THE ARTICHOKE KING" TERRANOVA, JOHN "JACKIE THE LACKEY" CERONE... JOE "BEANS" PALLADINO, LOU "THE GIMP" GRECO, LUIGI "BABY SHANKS" MANOCCHIO, and many, many, more....