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Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss | [Philip Carlo]

Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss

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.
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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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      "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.

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      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.

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      Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 06-01-14
      Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 06-01-14 Member Since 2011

      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 Member Since 2015
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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.

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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.

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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.

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      Rodney Florida 05-03-13
      Rodney Florida 05-03-13 Member Since 2015
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      "Not a very good book"

      Like another reviewer stated I had first read Iceman which is by the same author and it was a great and entertaining book -- in retrospect I'm not sure how true it was but it was still interesting.

      This book is not up to those standards -- it's not even close. The book is written like the author is afraid that a contract will be put on him if he is even remotely objective on any point. Additionally the author uses every cliche you can recall.

      The story starts off extremely slow, the first quarter or more of this book is very boring. The reason I'll give this book 3-stars is the middle part of the book. During this part the story flows at a good pace, its interesting and it even for the most part seems well written. But then the author returns to the dull, non-objective filler for the final 3-4 hours. In this part you can hear about how unfair the government is not to give him a 6 1/2 sentence, I mean he plead guilty to killing many people, dealing drugs, corruption, etc -- but 6 1/2 years seems fair to me. You'll hear about how the government tricked him into a confession, how they gave him his lawyer, how they took advantage of poor Anthony. It's one of the most dull, boring diatribes I've ever heard and why the author didn't make this part of the book about 12 long is beyond me.

      As for the read I'm convinced he's only reading the book in an effort to test the bass of your speakers. His reading style is annoying at best, dangerous to your health at worst. He's not the worst reader I've heard but he is not very good. He could become an acceptable reader if he stopped purposefully trying to make his voice so bassy, it's very annoying.

      Overall this book is quite disappointing and worst it makes me think the entire Iceman book, which I did enjoy, is complete fiction.

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      Irma La Duce 08-12-12 Member Since 2014

      I love to read!

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      "A COMEDY"

      This is a story about a group / culture that got the idea they would live happily every after, running all over dead bodies, stealing, lying, killing, torturing and setting others up for loss pain and misery. Then they all turned on one another and gobbled each other up. That includes the U.S. Government.

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      Jayson Olson Rancho Santa Margarita, ca, United States 08-07-12
      Jayson Olson Rancho Santa Margarita, ca, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2014
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      "Enthralling behind the scenes look at LCN"

      Wow. Just wow.

      I literally couldn't get enough of this, and this biography has intrigued me enough to look at other true crime books in the same vein or genre.

      This audio feature follows the course of Anthony "Gaspipe" Carlo from a man in his early 20's through all the ups and downs that come with the territory of being a 'Made Man' to Underboss, to Family Head before everything comes crashing down.

      I don't understand some of the other reviews that beleive the author is boased to make Gaspipe a 'hero', lack of enthusiasm, fails objectivity. I have no idea what book they were listening to at all. I thought this book was very fair in portraying Gaspipe, both as a hardened, cold killer and a man who loved his wife, kids, and family.

      I wouldn't expect anything less about LCN and the mafioso lifestyle. There is going to be decadence, respect, a code of honor among thieves....and then there is their eventual downfall. The stories, history, and different threads through various points in his life are all addressed: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Caso doesn't get off scott-free at all. The man who caused so much pain for the 'business', end up receiving just as much, and doesn't glorify him at all. If anything, the book points out how corrupt law enforcement is as well..from local cops, to judges, to FBI agents and then lets us on a dirty little secret - The government doesn't honor its word either.

      If anything, for as bad as Gaspipe and his cronies and partners were (and they were bad men, no question) the failure and shortcoming of our law enforcement agencies (read: politics) make "legal" men just as ugly and disapointing as one would expect, but like to think differently. It all comes down to money and power.

      The schemes, the "hits", the "contracts", and the reasonings behind their decsions all make sense, if you are indeed a twisted individual. These gangsters played chess with human pieces. It's sad....but real, and in full detail. I would love to see this turned into a Biography show, or mini-series.

      The narrator Alan Sklar does a wonderful job, and the post script, epilogue and "where are they now?" section at the end is fascinating, and no one looks like a hero. In teh end...tragedy all around.

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      Mike United States 06-28-12
      Mike United States 06-28-12

      Like to read about Orginized Crime, I like to familiarize myself with all topics related to O.C.. As far back as I can remember I always loved it.

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      "Gaspipe-"
      Would you consider the audio edition of Gaspipe to be better than the print version?

      Yes I do.


      Who was your favorite character and why?

      The Author and Gaspipe.


      What about Alan Sklar’s performance did you like?

      Didn't hold anything back, voice was great. Tone was used the same throughout the story which is great.


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

      Alot of moments. Top 3 are as followed...

      Death of Lillian, Gaspipe turning, Gotti & Sammy The Bull started the fuse to the end of the good life.


      Any additional comments?

      Excellent book a must read for any interest in Mafia. Start to finish could not place the book down. I will make on comment. I believe Gotti and his decision to take out a Boss should have left him dead. I truly believe that him and that idiot the Bull ruined the whole LCN. The Gaspipe followed suit. Gotti wasn't a boss he was a Las Vegas act. Why didn't he end up in a ditch? Blows my mind...Gaspipe was a hero in LCN of course I'm upset with his desception but it was a regular way out by that time. I believe everything that was said in this book.

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