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Gaspipe Audiobook
Gaspipe
Written by: 
Philip Carlo
Narrated by: 
Alan Sklar
Gaspipe Audiobook

Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss

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Publisher's Summary

Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso, the boss of New York's Lucchese crime family, was a Mafia superstar, responsible for more than 50 murders. Currently serving 13 life sentences at a federal prison in Colorado, Casso has given journalist and New York Times best-selling author Philip Carlo the most intimate, personal look into the world of La Cosa Nostra ever seen. By pure happenstance, Casso had lived next door to the family of young Philip Carlo, who was able to get into the mind, heart, and soul of one of the most cunning, ruthless mob bosses in the annals of crime history. In Gaspipe, Casso reveals the shocking details behind headline-making crimes and crime figures, such as:

  • The mob's decision that John Gotti had to be taken out after whacking Big Paul Castellano without approval - and how Casso got the order to hit Gotti
  • A fly-on-the-wall view of the Mafia commission sit-down at which John Gotti was made capo di tutti capi, the boss of all bosses
  • The insidious relationship between La Cosa Nostra and the Russian Mafia, and how the Lucchese family murdered the most-feared assassin in the Russian mob
  • Details of secret sit-downs with mob bosses Vincent "The Chin" Gigante and John Gotti, and the notorious Sammy "The Bull" Gravano
  • How Gravano made fools of the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI
  • The real story of the Mafia Cops and the revelations of other law enforcement personnel on Casso's payroll
  • How the Mafia managed to get a tight stranglehold on most unions in America
  • The truth behind the Mafia's real role in bringing huge amounts of narcotics into the United States
  • How federal prison officials were bought and sold by the Mafia
  • The intimate details of the women behind the Mafiosi
  • The truth behind the assassinations of JFK and RFK
  • Who killed Jimmy Hoffa, and where his body is

    ©2008 Philip Carlo; (P)2008 Tantor

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      John Fox Lake, IL, USA 01-03-10
      John Fox Lake, IL, USA 01-03-10 Member Since 2012
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      "disappointing"

      This is honestly the worst book that I have read to date about La Costa Nostra. Very disappointing, the author is very biased.

      2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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      J 11-02-08
      J 11-02-08
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      ""Great book""

      The author gives great insight into the ups and downs that come as one ages. Very interesting look into how police and FBI conduct business with the mafia families. A must read if you enjoy Mafia history/tales. Gaspipe is a Machiavelli type leader. Uses his head instead of his muscle.

      3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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      Tyler Brock Hubbard 02-12-16
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      "Fantastic read."
      Would you consider the audio edition of Gaspipe to be better than the print version?

      All audio books are better than the written version.


      What does Alan Sklar bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

      A really cool, deep voice that is similar to Morgan Freeman.


      Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

      This dude was a ruthless sick bastard.


      Any additional comments?

      Great read if you like true crime. What disturbed me a bit was it seemed to be written from his perspective, and made him out to be a nice guy through parts of the book. They left out some particular details about his life, but I do a lot of research on mobsters so I'm probably biased in that regard.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Charles 01-29-16
      Charles 01-29-16 Member Since 2015
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      "Sad"

      Rest his soul but the fatuousness and fawning of this author is almost beyond comprehension. It's almost painful to listen as the author reverts to street talk, obviously in imitation of his subject and idol, and editorializes wildly in desperate and hopeless attempts to make us understand as he does that "Anthony" is not the degenerate liar and paranoid sociopath who almost single-handedly brought the Lucchese family to its knees as surely as his almost identical, pathological twin Nicky Scarfo destroyed the Philly Mob.

      This labyrinthian narrative of apparently devined thoughts and slanderous facts lurches forward and backward, grasping feebly at the same pointless points over and over in futile attempts to resurrect some semblance of chronological or topical order that never was buried because in this book it never existed.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Sake 04-05-15
      Sake 04-05-15
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      "WOW... Fascinating and Fantastic"

      Fantastic to listen to the accounts from a true mafia boss. The book takes you through the life of Anthony Casso who in spite of everything is a man of his word. It is a fascinating and fantastic journey from the pinnacles of power to love to spare and powerlessness of a jail cell.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Joeph Celso 02-08-15
      Joeph Celso 02-08-15
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      "Get it."

      Very interesting book.I recommend this book.Never a dull moment.They don't make men like that anymore.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 06-01-14
      Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 06-01-14 Member Since 2016

      I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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      "Interesting perspective from an insider"

      Having read quite a few books on the subject of the mafia, I found that this book gave a new perspective in some ways. The narrative is simple and easy to listen to. The later part of the book held some surprises for me in terms of just how many people turned state's evidence and Carlo explains what was done with that evidence.

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      Orlando 04-24-14
      Orlando 04-24-14
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      "Good Read, if you wanted an inside look on the Maf"
      Would you listen to Gaspipe again? Why?

      Yes, to catch up on the details


      What was one of the most memorable moments of Gaspipe?

      The revenge for the attempt on his life


      Which scene was your favorite?

      The revenge for the attempt on his life


      Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

      no


      Any additional comments?

      Good insight into the Mafia.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Thomas 04-10-14
      Thomas 04-10-14
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      "Interesting, but self-serving and poorly-written"

      This book did provide some colorful insight into the people and processes of the New York Mafia, so it was worth reading. However, the content was so self-serving and self-glorifying that it almost became a joke at certain points. This is what happens when narcissistic psychopaths authorize their own biography. Then came the writing. So many weak and silly metaphors. This book really deserves a C grade. It's not great, it's barely good, it's almost bad, but it's not horrible.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      brian 09-11-13
      brian 09-11-13 Member Since 2013
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      "Memoirs of the Mob."
      Would you listen to Gaspipe again? Why?

      I might for some information I might have missed.


      Who was your favorite character and why?

      Gaspipe. Such an interesting character.


      What does Alan Sklar bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

      He pulls off a New York accent well at several times.


      Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

      The creepiest part is in the prologue when Casso shoots up a guy who tried to kill him, even shooting his penis.


      Any additional comments?

      A must have in my opinion.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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