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Gaspipe Audiobook

Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss

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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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      Edo Hirosaki, Japan 11-15-12
      Edo Hirosaki, Japan 11-15-12 Member Since 2010
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      "Chilling Insight into the Underworld"

      An amazing story about a man's journey through the innerworkings of the NY Mafia with names most people will remember from the headlines. I thought this was an excellent account of what it really takes to become a made man. In the end, I thought Gaspipe ended up sounding a little sympathetic but then I remembered all of the people he admitted to "taking care of" and I got over it.

      If you loved the Henry Hill story, mob or Mafia movies or tales of secret societies, you'll enjoy this enthralling story of life in the mob.

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      Tim United States 03-09-12
      Tim United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2011
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      "Lack of Enthusiasm"

      After reading The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer, a few years ago, I was looking forward for more Philip Carlo's writing, but it seems like he is one hit wonder with The Ice Man. The author doesn't really go in depth with Gaspipe and his other book, The Butcher. Unlike his first debut best seller (Richard Kuklinski's story), it seems like he wrote the two latter books just because to fulfill his contract with the publisher . Unlike The Ice Man, there is no compelling reason to read Gaspipe and his other titles.

      I will probably be giving up on this author because the lack of enthusiasm shows in his writing.

      After reading my review on Gaspipe, you should know which book you should be reading from this author and which books to avoid.

      I won't be reading anything else from Carlo in the future, but Kuklinski's story is a must read.

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      Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 02-25-11
      Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 02-25-11 Member Since 2017
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      "Disjointed, standard Mafia fare"

      I, like many others, am fascinated by the inner workings of La Cosa Nostra. Although the late author gives us some revealing, behind-the-scenes views, his writing style leaves much to be desired. He would tell us something and then, a few minutes or pages later, he would tell us the same thing. Did he forget that he already mentioned what had transpired? He also made some assumptions (such as what someone was thinking moments before his death) that he had no way of knowing. Most readers will likely be conflicted at the end wondering whether to feel sorry for Casso or thinking that he got exactly what he deserved. I believe he got what he deserved, but that doesn't excuse the methods applied by law enforcement if, in fact, they acted in the manner described by Carlo. If you like stories about the Mafia you will probably enjoy 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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      J 11-02-08
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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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      Debra K. Herndon 05-13-17
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      "One of the best if not the best !"

      I have read a lot of books over the years on organized crime/gangsters/mafia and thought I had pretty well just about read it all until I purchased and listened to this book. I have to say this one was one of the best I have ever read or listened to. The story of Gaspipe will in no way disappoint. SO good I'm afraid others after this may surely have a hard time measuring up. Well worth the money/credit to purchase.

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      william 04-25-17
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      "Interesting"

      A good read if you already know the background of the 5 families. Might be a bit hard to understand for a first time reader of mafia history. I enjoyed it. Worth a credit.

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      J.-M. Kuczynski Madison, Wisconsin 12-07-16
      J.-M. Kuczynski Madison, Wisconsin 12-07-16
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      "a tour de force"

      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.









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      M. Benson NC 11-23-16
      M. Benson NC 11-23-16 Member Since 2017
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      "Lots of whining, not much blood"
      What did you love best about Gaspipe?

      I liked how it tied some stuff together from other books (Mob Boss, The Ice Man).


      What other book might you compare Gaspipe to and why?

      You should read in order: The Ice Man, Mob Boss. That is as far as I have been.


      Which scene was your favorite?

      N/A


      Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

      Yes.


      Any additional comments?

      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.

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      Tyler Brock Hubbard 02-12-16
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      "Fantastic read."
      Would you consider the audio edition of Gaspipe to be better than the print version?

      All audio books are better than the written version.


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

      A really cool, deep voice that is similar to Morgan Freeman.


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

      This dude was a ruthless sick bastard.


      Any additional comments?

      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.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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