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Quitting the Mob Paperback – April, 1993

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From Publishers Weekly

Franzese grew up on Long Island as Michael Grillo, believing himself the stepson of Mafia member John "Sonny" Franzese, with six other children in the family. He worshipped "Sonny," who may have been his biological father, abandoned his plan to become a doctor and was taken into the Cosa Nostra in 1975. With the mob's blessing, he began to work on the fringes of legitimate businesses, where he was enormously successful. Among his enterprises was a partnership dealing in retail and wholesale gasoline that evaded paying taxes; from this he made millions of dollars and began to play around with the movie industry. His first marriage on the rocks, he wed a Mexican American dancer, a born-again Christian who urged him to reform, which he did by testifying against two criminals who were sent to prison. They were not Mafiosi, nor did his testimony implicate anyone in the Mafia, but both he and Matera ( Are You Lonesome Tonight? ) believe that the mob wants to kill him anyway. The so-called "Mafia Prince," according to recent newspaper accounts, has just been arrested in Los Angeles for violating federal probation and for defaulting on bank loans and defrauding the owners of various Bel-Air mansions he rented. In some respects a conventional gangster saga, and not altogether credible. Photos not seen by PW. First serial to Cosmopolitan.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

A young mobster's progress, 1980's sizzle-style. After his powerful and feared father, a capo in N.Y.C.'s Colombo crime family, took a 50-year fall, Franzese became, at age 24, a made Colombo man. Here, with the help of former Miami Herald reporter Matera, he tells of his meteoric criminal career, which ended in 1989, at age 38, in a plea bargain taken against a 177- count Florida indictment. College-educated Franzese, disliking violence (or so he says), was apparently a businessman with a genius for operating on the fringes of laws and regulations, and here he lovingly details the schemes that caused him to become, at age 32, as financially powerful as the five New York mafia families combined. Among his coups was a gas wholesale business that took advantage of a New York law designed to return more tax dollars to the state. This complex shell game--a daisy chain that ended in a ``burnout company'' in Panama--netted Franzese $5 to $8 million per week for three years (and incidentally lowered the price of gas to Gotham motorists). Between discussions of his craft, Franzese speaks of Manuel Noriega, who provided banking connections for the gas scam; of boxing promoter Don King--a ``tough negotiator''; of black advocate Al Sharpton--``a player...[who] offered to use the considerable black power forces he commands to assist me in any way''; and of the ``Jewish Scarface''--a kingpin in the new wave of Russian and Eastern European immigrant thugs taking over parts of Brooklyn. Throughout, Franzese's estimate of his own and others' characters gives a depth unusual for this type of memoir. On a sit- down with capo de tutti capi John Gotti: ```Who's John Gotti?' I remarked to an associate....`Remember, I came from the best.' It was a psychological edge I carried throughout my mob tenure. By comparing every opponent to my father, I could never be intimidated.'' Sharp and contemporary; a bullet rising. (Eight pages of b&w photos--not seen.) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (Mm) (April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061090581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061090585
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,469,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Each time I have read the book, I see something else that I did not see. Michael's father Sonny, was as dedicated as they came. It's amazing that someone could have led the life that he had lived and still live to tell about it. I would imagine it would be fun just to sit down and talk with Michael Franzese about all the things that he had expierienced. If anyone knows how to reach Michael Franzese please drop me a line.
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this is a well written autobiography of a man who did just that - live on to another life, in one piece while making peace with himself . oh the things he saw and did while active in the 'organization' and the way he told it makes for very interesting reading. i've read a lot of these biographies over the years and each and every one i read amazed me but none were of a golden prince among thieves, annointed through his father's former standing within, etc. if you are truly interested in the eternal question on what makes a child of five strive to be 'like the father'. this is it. i'd say this book is on par with 'goodfellas' with the same sort of questionable characters with a slightly different plot and end results. unlike henry hill, though, it didn't take a series of arrests for this guy to see the light but something more from the heart. i won't give away any more of the book's premise but trust me when i say that anyone who buys this will NOT be disappointed.
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In Quitting the Mob Michael Franzesetells his story with the help of Dary Matera.Of his love for his father who brought him into the family after seeing his son not being scared of going a little out side of the law to make money.How he was raised to the rank of capo in his mafia family making millions of dollars for his bosses.And left it all for the love of a woman.
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Very good revelation of Michael. From reading his description of events,you can tell his demeanor was not of a thug like a John Gotti,you can tell he was educated. I think his Stepfather's influence with the Mob is what swayed Michael Franzese to become involved in the life of crime.
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I like the reality of the book. I came from L. I., and know of the Mafia there - I like hearing the truth. I like that he got through it and got born-again to live a new and a better life. I like the images he portrayed in the personalities. I like that people want to overcome.
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Michael Franzese is a likeable guy. He now goes around campuses and preaches to athletes about the dangers of gambling. Gambling always leads to gangsters. That said, I decided to look up his book from awhile back and read it. This guy was some racketeer. I knew his father, Sonny Franzese, was huge in the Colombo family, but his son's accomplishments eclipsed his monetarily. Gas schemes brought this guy millions. But like always, his higher-ups started showing jealousy which eventually lead him to flip. He's trying to make restitution all these years later. Good luck and good book.
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I am not a huge reader, but i finished this book really quickly. In a rare instance, you are shown the inside reports on how the mafia works and how some of the stereotypes are just that, stereotypes. If you have any interest in true crime books or books that can show that people can change, this is the book for you! Trust me, I don't like reading too much but found myself looking forward to reading this book.
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I have read several of Mr. Franzese's books and they are all the same theme and story. Once you have read one of his books you need not read any more as they all have the exact same story line.
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