"One of the most spectacular police corruption scandals in the city's history," proclaimed the New York Times in its front-page coverage of the verdict. This gripping, true-life detective story is remarkable for its psychological intrigue, criminal audacity, and paranoid, blood-soaked fury. Written by prize-winning journalist Guy Lawson and William Oldham, the brilliant detective who quietly investigated the rogue cops for seven years, The Brotherhoods provides unparalleled access to the secretive workings of both the NYPD and organized crime-their hierarchies, rituals, and codes of conduct. Sprawling from Brooklyn to Las Vegas, this incredible story features wiseguys, informants, hit men on the lam, snitches, cops on the take, a crooked accountant, flamboyant defense attorneys, and many other colorful characters. Destined to rank with such modern crime classics as Serpico, Donnie Brasco, and Wiseguy, this quintessential American mob tale goes to the heart of two brotherhoods-the police and the mafia-and the two cops who belonged to both.
©2006 Guy Lawson and William Oldman; (P)2006 Tantor
This story is about two highly placed New York City police detectives who did more work for the Mafia than they did the Police. Theft, murder, spying on the police for the mafia, contract assassination, they did it all. One wonders who the bad guys are if these are supposed to be the good ones. The cop that broke the case was the co-author, Detective William Oldham. It took him fifteen years and well into his retirement to gather enough evidence for a conviction. An amazing tale which proves again that crime dooesn't pay (in the long run anyway)
An interesting book, but alot was repeated. This book could have been half the length it was. I would still recomend it to others.
There is only one word to describe this book...GREAT!!! I even purchased the hard cover so I would be able to follow along while listening. If you read only one book about the Mafia...THIS IS IT. I want to give special credit to William Oldham. He is the author that had the passion and drive to create a true story I could not believe.
I had listened to this book prior to purchase. This is a very interesting true crime book. I found the story compelling enough to overlook my dislike of the reader. I am not a fan of Dick Hill as a narrator. Listen to the sample before you buy. If this is a genre that you are into I highly recommend this book.
This is a great companion to "Gaspipe confessions of a mafia boss". The author of that book presents a skewed and too kind picture of Anthony Casso. "The Brotherhoods", gives a more accurate picture. The 2 main characters are horrible human beings,but the story is a great listen. I just wish the narrator would pronounce Casso's name correctly. Drove me nuts! Get it,you won't be dissapointed.
A lot of material from years of 'individual' police work. A difficult topic with all sorts of ramifications handled quite well but with the obvious 'short-comings' of trying to deal with the complexities of criminal vs police vs criminal behaviours. (These can't be avoided, of course, because of the disparate interests of the parties involved.) The facts are enough to make most honest citizens shiver.
The story was based on facts, being a boss in Law Enforcement this was the worst case in the history of the NYPD. Two Murdering scum of the earth low lives disgrased the worlds greatest Police Department in the country. I hope the public knows this not the action of law enforcement officers, these were two cops we all thought were good cops. Thank god for the the police officers that never gave up and worked this case for years, and finally got us justice. They should get the Death Penalty.This book was fantastic.All
All the characters were intresting but I can't give them praise, because this is murder not a movie. When they make a movie I'm sure with the wright cast it will be a great movie. Sad to say but that's what we see everyday in police work and try to protect the public the best we can thats why we all join the force.No
No but he is great.no
the writers did a great job they should get an award.
The story was very interesting about 2 NY detectives who worked for the Mob. I found the storyline flowed well from the start of the investigation, the build up of the case and the trial. The narrator did a great job capturing all the characters voices especially the wise guys.
What did this NYPD Detective do????? He continually tells us how great he is and how incompetent everyone else. He complains the "incompetent" Feds are always going for the "glory" but he goes on tilt when another NYPD officer tries to steal the glory from him.
Det Oldham was so good that after his big case his employer (Federal Prosecuting Attorney) told him to stay away from Mafia cases. He admits his own NYPD detectives had no respect for him.
For the most part his book is made up of newspaper articles and court records from cases developed by the "incompetent" feds. This guy is a petty, self promoting, glory seeking leech.
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