Carmine the Snake

Carmine Persico and His Murderous Mafia Family
Narrated by: Johnny Heller
Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (92 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this blistering street-level account, "Mafia survivor" Frank DiMatteo teams up with true-crime master Michael Benson to take down one of the most notorious figures in the American La Cosa Nostra. This is the real inside story of Carmine "The Snake" Persico, from his crime-filled childhood on the streets of Brooklyn to the long-term jail sentences that didn't stop him from controlling his criminal empire, with the help of his brother - the equally kill-crazy Alphonse "Allie Boy" Persico.

This is the story of his deadly teen years as leader of the fearsome Garfield Boys; his recruitment into the Profaci - later the Colombo - crime family; his bloody betrayal of the Gallo brothers; his role in the hair-raising ambush and slaying of Albert Anastasia - the Lord High Executioner of Murder, Inc. - as he sat in a barbershop chair getting a shave; the terror he struck into the hearts of the New York Mafia's other families, and even his own crews; and the many courtroom trials where Persico walked after witnesses came down with sudden cases of "amnesia."

Today, Persico schmoozes with Ponzi king Bernard Madoff behind bars. There, at age 84, his legend - packed as it is with coldblooded brutality - continues to inspire goodfellas everywhere.

©2018 Frank DiMatteo and Michael Benson (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Excellent in depth book.

I am a huge fan of this genre. I have read tub fulls of books about the mob but I have read very little about the Persico family. Just peripheral characters in other books. This went deep into new territory for me and while there were overlapping details from other books, most of it was new to me which made it even better to listen to. Johnny Heller does a great job narrating. I highly recommend this book.

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True Mafia ShotCaller

I have read many True Crime books about the Mafia, and without a doubt this book hit all the points. As a teen, I hung out in Red Hook, and South Brooklyn. I heard the stories of the neighborhood legends. Junior Persico was without a doubt the "True Shotcaller". Bigger than "Gotti", more ruthless than the " The Chin". Junior and his Family was a True Mafia Dynasty.

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old time mafia , in and around n.y and n.j.

old time la Costa nosta the hit mam ,the sons of capos, the backstabbing , and it was all about the almighty buck

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  • Matt Bee
  • 09-17-20

A Good Book

I enjoyed this, but I felt that it could have done with some more in depth information on some of the subjects, it fwely like it skipped over a few things, otherwise well worth a listen...

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  • Kevin
  • 04-06-20

Definately worth a listen

A lot of great material I'd never heard before. Highly recommended for those bored of the same regurgated stories of New York Cosa Nostra.

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  • Harlemspartans1
  • 12-28-19

The snake bites baxk

Good as there is no much information on snake 🐍definitely worth it a must for Mob readers and not really any mention of sonny or Michael frannszse

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  • Mr Jamie Whitehouse
  • 10-10-18

Easy listen

Enjoyable listen although a bit more detail would have been welcome in parts. Some chapters felt rushed.