©2008 Philip Carlo; (P)2008 Tantor
This is honestly the worst book that I have read to date about La Costa Nostra. Very disappointing, the author is very biased.
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.
Carlo has a unique and refreshingly real take. he is missed. the narrator is good, if a bit too fructose, especially given what a pig Casso was.
I liked how it tied some stuff together from other books (Mob Boss, The Ice Man).
You should read in order: The Ice Man, Mob Boss. That is as far as I have been.
Most of this book was Casso whining about how he did not get the deal, 6 1/2 years, that he was promised. No surprise the government "screwed him". But was he really? He killed or had killed 150 people. For decades he stole the pensions from tens of thousands(?) of union workers (I wonder how they would feel about 6.5 years).
He stole millions upon millions from the American taxpayer in crooked bid-rigged deals.
He killed honest, legitimate business competition.
Casso claims he dealt with everyone on the street fairly and honorably (a recurring complaint in the book). Not so, even by his own mafia code. Maybe in the beginning. But in the middle and the end he killed people because they knew too much, he killed or attempted to kill non-crime family members. A boat captain's son, because they got caught. Come on, you are criminals, you get caught some times. Accept it.
The book talked quite a bit about the history and overview of his criminal dealings. But only detailed a little bit one torture-murder and one murder committed by Casso. I'm sure there were many more. It went on to the point of absurdity about what a good family man, husband, and father he was. On and on about how he missed his father. Seems a lot of people were missing their father's because of him.
Casso is upset about 400+ years in prison. Really, he is lucky. Every one of them should have been executed. Collectively those Italian families killed thousands of people, and stole hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars. Not just from nameless faceless bank owners, but from real working people. I realize a few plea deals had to be made. I realize that most likely the CRIMINALS involved in those deals probably lie. I have no doubt all involved lie, or at worst, care only about their self-interests, being freedom, or career advancement.
So in short this is a book that is more of an overview of one mob family, with a few sketchy details on crimes thrown in, and a lot of whining about a bad deal in the end. I believe the author set out to do what he, and his childhood friend, Casso, wanted to do. In that, it is a good read. The narrator was awesome.
If you want gore and details read The Ice Man.
All audio books are better than the written version.
A really cool, deep voice that is similar to Morgan Freeman.
This dude was a ruthless sick bastard.
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.
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.
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.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
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.
Yes, to catch up on the details
The revenge for the attempt on his life
The revenge for the attempt on his life
Good insight into the Mafia.
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