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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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      George carrollton, TX, United States 06-18-12
      George carrollton, TX, United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2015
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      If you could sum up Gaspipe in three words, what would they be?

      engrossing, compelling, unsetdownable


      What other book might you compare Gaspipe to and why?

      The First Family by Mike Dash....
      Same "personal" connection for me.


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

      I'd probably remember more (as usual) if I'd read it, but it wouldn't be nearly as entertaining....Skylar is a talented reader.


      If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

      What else, "Gaspipe".


      Any additional comments?

      No book has ever caused me to look into the locations of everything from resturants to "Social Clubs", to infamous "hits", as this book has. I'd highly reccomend using Google maps to view the present day locations of places mentioned in this book, mostly the Dyker Heights area of Brooklyn....mostly between 14th Av & 16th Av on 86th St., Brooklyn.

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      shaheed lorain, OH, United States 10-25-10
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      "Great book"

      Be patient this book starts slow. Once your past his youth it really heats up!

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      M Dover, DE, United States 09-22-10
      M Dover, DE, United States 09-22-10
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      "Informative, Interesting"

      Not on a par with "I Heard You Paint Houses" but quite another inside story that will hold your attention, your ear and your imagination! It all started so honorably and is made, quite clear, how "this thing of ours" devolved into chaos and treachory. Well read by Alan Sklar too!!

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      doug orlando, FL, United States 08-07-10
      doug orlando, FL, United States 08-07-10
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      "Great Book about mob"

      Very good never realized how powerful Gaspipe was. Casso was the real godfather. Loved this book.

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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.

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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.

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      Rob Tucker, GA, United States 03-08-12
      Rob Tucker, GA, United States 03-08-12 Member Since 2011
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      "Sympathy for a Psychopath?"
      This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

      a delusional mafia wanna be


      Would you ever listen to anything by Philip Carlo again?

      probably not - elementary metaphors in too much abundance in weird palces


      What three words best describe Alan Sklar’s voice?

      suitable


      You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

      nothing I could not get from Wikipedia


      Any additional comments?

      in addition to the sick perspective, the inclusion of complete testimony when a paraphrase would have provided the same value reminded me of my attempts to use as many words as possible in the 5th grade. It was a major waste of time; not because of the subject, but the way it was handled.

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      Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 07-19-09
      Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 07-19-09 Member Since 2015

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      "Interesting!"

      Great historical explanation of the mob's decline. Fascinating--if you're a mob fan. Don't bother if you're not--this isn't literature.

      1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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