Mafia Prince is the first-person account of one of the most violent eras in Mafia history - "Little" Nicky Scarfo’s reign as boss of the Philly family in the 1980s - written by Scarfo’s underboss and nephew, "Crazy" Phil Leonetti.
The youngest-ever underboss at the age of 31, Leonetti was at the crux of the violent downfall of the traditional American Mafia in the 1980s when he infiltrated Atlantic City after gambling was legalized, and later turned state’s evidence against his own. His testimony directly led to the convictions of dozens of high-ranking made men including John Gotti, Vincent Gigante, and his own uncle, Nicky Scarfo - sparking the beginning of the end of La Cosa Nostra.
Just as The Godfather and Boardwalk Empire defined the early 20th century Mafia, and Wiseguy and Casino depicted the next great era through the ’70s, Mafia Prince concludes this epic genre revealing the Mafia’s violent final heyday of the 1980s straight from the horse’s mouth.
©2012 Phillip Leonetti, Scott Burnstein and Christopher Graziano (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
An honest read. The best kind. Not one dull minute.
The narrator was the best!
When Philip decided to become a whistle blower and think of himself and his family. Sometimes it is very difficult to make the intelligent choice. Everybody loves a winner.
Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future.
I really couldn't put this book down. It is very well written and well read. I felt like someone was sitting across the table from me talking just to me. I love honesty in a story, and this book takes the academy award for that.
Narrator did an excellent job with his spot on accent. Book itself is nothing shocking or revealing for anyone who has read about the mafia in the past. However, on a deeper note, it is fascinating to learn about internal working of organized crime. The depiction of treachery and deceit between phil and his no good uncle is what makes this a worth while listen. Also enjoyed the mafia lingo and the related terms. Especially the "sign of the gun", which I now use during safety briefs to warn my troops to either behave "or else it's this....".
God bless Phil for changing his ways, wish him all the luck.
I wanted to hear in detail about Atlantic City rackets and Little Nicky Scarfo. There was plenty on Scarfo, a ringside seat, but there is not that much to say: a mafia martinet, a guy whose strategy was to enforce a street tax by scaring everybody by killing pretty easily, with a strong streak of paranoid caution that led to more killings. It was all pretty logical, if one can step into the context of that dog-eat-dog atmosphere. But Scarfo was not too bright in some ways (as he is alive, I hope he doesn't read this!), for example, having a guy killed (at the beach house) right in front of the guy's closest associate who was an untested commodity, who wound up being a critical witness against Scarfo and the whole group. And that killing was fairly gratuitous, not really necessary. I saw elsewhere in a film, in a courtroom, he couldn't spell "Falcone," an associate (and victim's) name, I mean, these are not Rhodes scholars. I thought maybe there would be some detail about the higher reaches of corruption in New Jersey, but Scarfo was mostly a fairly street level guy, with some union and NY-centric crime family involvements. I was amazed how much his nephew "Crazy Phil" Leonetti was liked and coddled by his government handlers. I have seen this several times. It's one thing that law enforcement needs to coddle these people to take down the crime organizations. It's another thing, maybe human nature, for their handlers to get a little too nice and understanding toward them, which I have seen in several books. I find it repugnant.
Nothing wrong with it, but it's not a book I will remember. It's an OK mafia story, well told, but it wasn't, in any aspect, outstanding.
I've not read the print version, but assume the audio version goes further to endear the criminals to the reader, which, in my humble opinion is unfortunate.
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"The Way it Was"
I had mixed feelings about the book. It's generally well written, the story, however, seems to work hard to exonerate the Mafia Prince from his crimes. The FBI might have given him his freedom but in my opinion he should have had many more years in prison to reflect on the lives he damaged, either through violence, theft, intimidation, torture and cold blooded murder. There were a lot of references on being a "Man's Man" and "Family & Honor"; these are not the qualities that I saw in this biography, I saw greed, evil, and the monster of psychotic mental illness in these characters and it saddens me that they weren't just characters, but actual human beings that confused their personal choices with "tradition" and "honor". As an Italian, I resent and am disgusted at any suggestions that this is "This Thing".
of Ours". Millions of Italians came to North America with nothing, suffered through poverty, while living law abiding, honorable lives, raising families with real notions of respect, pride, honor and decent family traditions. Once I remove my disgust with the personal choices made by the people in this book, I can concede that the story itself is well told.
This is by far the best true crime book I've ever listened to on Audible. L.J. Garser does a fantastic job of narrating the scenes and personalities involved. He read the entire book using perfect verbal emphasis and voice inflections on the action involved. The book is well written without the diversionary repetitions so common in many crime books. My interest never flagged and I couldn't wait (I listen to an hour's worth of audible on my daily walks) for the next chapter. It's a gripping story of Mafia history and personal honor (from a reformed criminal's viewpoint). I highly recommend this audible book to anyone interested in true crime
How well it explained the inter-workings of the colorful cast of Mafia members in Atlantic City and Philly during the Mafia's heyday in the 1980's.
It's amazing how much Ganser's reading adds to the impact of the story. He presents the action and characters in an extremely conversational manner which keeps the listener's attention throughout the narration.
brutally honest, a definite page Turner. this book was extremely interesting as it was told in some parts by Leonetti himself and with brutal honesty.
"Now that was good."
The story is fantastic. I listened and felt like I was having a chat with the author. It is told very well and feels like it was an honest description to the story's. Every person you expected to be in the book are there and more.
L. J. Ganser's performance was great. He helped make the book more enjoyable. The sroys is gripping at times and L.J. must have enjoyed the book because there was no drop in performance.
I drive to and from work listening to audiobooks. I found the time was flying while I listened to book. I was looking forward to the drive. (From work yes :) )
There is little I didnt enjoy about this book. I was surprised that I enjoyed it so much. So many books on the Mafia and most are a let down. I was disappointing when the book finished just because it was so enjoyable I wanted more.
If you like true life gangster story's you will love this. It's difficult to believe that people can be so awful. I very much enjoyed googling all the characters on Google image to add flesh to the names.
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