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So, ya wanna be a wiseguy? If you're in high school, drop out. If you're in college, withdraw. If you're in a stupid fuckin' salaried job, quit. You wanna get ahead in this world? Read these specially selected books. They are the blueprints for the life you wanna lead. Buy 'em. Study 'em. Use 'em. Got it? Good.
|The Mafia Encyclopedia by Carl Sifakis
Written by a veteran crime reporter, this bestseller is the most complete and up-to-date source available on the subject. In this "Who's Who" of crime, readers will find the full flavor and substance of Mafia culture, customs, and characters presented in more than 400 articles. More than 95 photos help capture Mafia history from the birth of the brotherhood and the major underworld figures who created it, to the law enforcement agents and organizations who have tried and failed to destroy it. Includes biographical entries of both well- and less well-known wiseguys, their criminal specialties, career highlights, friends and enemies, eccentricities, peccadilloes, and frequently dramatic demises.
|Boss of Bosses: The Fall of the Godfather: The FBI and Paul Castellano
by Joseph F. O'Brien
In 1983, FBI agents O'Brien and Kurins planted a microphone in Paul Castellano's opulent Staten Island mansion. The 600 hours of recordings led to eight criminal trials, and precipitated this critically-acclaimed and revealing look inside the Mafia.
|Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia: A True Story by FBI Agent Joseph D. Pistone
Donnie Brasco is Pistone's unforgettable account of how be became part of the mysterious underworld that is the Mafia--the first and only account by a law enforcement agent--and it is amazing and intriguing as the flamboyant, deadly world it portrays. Includes an update in which Pistone comments on new development in the Mafia.
|Gotti: Rise and Fall by Jerry Capeci, Gene Mustain
Two veteran journalists provide a close-up look at the world of New York organized crime and its colorful leader, John Gotti, detailing Gotti's bloody rise to power and the struggle to bring him to justice. In this explosive true crime thriller, the authors expose the lurid underside of New York's organized crime syndicate and its undisputed leader, John Gotti. Boldly written and masterfully paced, this book gives all of the incredible details behind the downfall of America's most famous and fascinating gangster since Al Capone. Photos.
|Goombata: The Improbable Rise and Fall of John Gotti and His Gang
by John Cummings, Ernest Volkman
Prize-winning journalists Cummings and Volkman provide a shocking account of John Gotti's meteoric rise from Brooklyn "bone-breaker" to Mafia don in this riveting exploration of the bloody machinery of La Cosa Nostra operating on the dark side of the American dream. Includes an updated chapter with complete coverage of late-breaking developments.
|Secrets of Life and Death: Women and the Mafia by Renate Siebert
The first book to focus on the women whose lives are entangled in the workings of the mafia. Siebert cuts through the mafia's myth of honouring women to expose the harsh reality for women living with, and fighting against, the mafia. With careful attention to the social realities of southern Italy, she looks at what it means to live in the mafia's shadow. She explores the gains and costs of being a mafia wife in New York or Palermo, probing the emotions underlying women's mafia loyalties and the sexual lure of the mafioso.
Underboss: Sammy the Bull Gravano's Story of Life in the Mafia|
by Peter Maas
Gravano spent his entire life in the mob, his loyalty unswerving until the moment he realized crime boss John Gotti was about to sell him down the river in order to save his own neck. At that point Sammy the Bull "switched governments" and turned state's evidence. John Gotti, according to Gravano, thought he was a celebrity -- an attitude Gravano obviously disapproved of. The relationship between Gotti and Gravano lies at the heart of this story, for loyalty is what Gravano lived by and what he ultimately betrayed. His reasons make for compelling, disturbing reading.
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