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As the last don of the Philadelphia mob, Ralph Natale, the first-ever mob boss to turn state's evidence, provides an insider's perspective on the Mafia.

Natale's reign atop the Philadelphia and New Jersey underworlds brought the region's Mafia back to prominence in the 1990s. Smart, savvy, and articulate, Natale came up in the mob and saw firsthand as it hatched its plan to control Atlantic City's casino unions. Later on, after spending 16 years in prison, he reclaimed the family as his own after a bloody mob war that left bodies scattered across South Philly. He forged connections around the country and achieved a status within the mob never seen before or since, until he was betrayed by his men and decided to testify against them in a stunning turn of events.

Using dozens of hours of interviews with Natale along with research and interviews with FBI agents, this book delivers revelatory insights into seminal events in American mob history, including:

  • The truth about Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance
  • The murder of Jewish mob icon Bugsy Siegel
  • The identity of the man who created modern-day Las Vegas

With the full cooperation of Natale, New York Daily News reporter Larry McShane and producer Dan Pearson uncover the deadly reign of the last great mob boss of Philadelphia, a tale that covers a half century of mob lore - and gore.

©2017 Dan Pearson and Larry McShane (P)2017 Tantor

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Great book I lived up in Philly I could picture

Great read
Loved it
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well done. amazing characters It was amazing
all this was on all around me while grew up
there knowing I could have walked past some
of these people or sat in same restaurants or bars.

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Trash

Absolute crap. Natale is clearly attempting to rewrite LCN history at a time when anyone who could dispute his account is dead. Facts and truth matter.

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it's a great book wish he could have kept it going

Great book lots of inside stuff and lots of cool murder for hire stories. to bad he never got revenge on the guy. and it's sad there are so many snitches.

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Terrible

This book sucked. Natale contradicted himself some many times. As for the narrator his voice was terrible for this title. He sounded constipated and could not pronounce names correctly.

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Excellent, interesting, true story 5 stars.

An excellent true story. A great film could be made of this story. 5 stars