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Publisher's Summary

To what extent was Rosario “Russell” Bufalino involved in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa in 1975? In the CIA’s recruitment of gangsters to assassinate Fidel Castro? In organizing the historic meeting of crime chieftains in 1957? Even in the production of The Godfather movie.

Secretive - even reclusive - Russell Bufalino quietly built his organized crime empire in the decades between Prohibition and the Carter presidency. His reach extended far beyond the coal country of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and quaint Amish farms near Lancaster. Bufalino had a hand in global, national, and local politics of the largest American cities, many of its major industries, and controlled the powerful Teamsters Union. His influence also reached the highest levels of Pennsylvania government and halls of Congress, and his legacy left a culture of corruption that continues to this day.

A uniquely American saga that spans six decades, The Quiet Don follows Russell Bufalino’s remarkably quiet ascent from Sicilian immigrant to mob soldier to a man described by a United States Senate subcommittee in 1964 as “one of the most ruthless and powerful leaders of the Mafia in the United States.”

©2013 Matt Birkbeck (P)2014 Tantor

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 04-03-14

Important But Edited By Lawyers?

Micheal Prichard's voice is as flat as a big swath of Matt Birkbeck's writing. Birkbeck's a newspaper reporter, not a writer in the magazine or fiction sense. Moreover, he's challenged here by a big cast of characters and events. Topping it off he imposes some literary devices… flashbacks in particular… that make the story bumpier than the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Anyway, the corruption Birkbeck intimates or alleges here is unnerving. It's an important read for anyone with Pennsylvania roots even if the story arc feels as if the it's had potentially risky chunks hacked away by the publisher's legal staff.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Overview

Was excited to read about Russell Bufalino but found the book was only about 30% about him. The author was kind of all over the place and found myself confused. Michael Prichard was kind of boring. I would probably not listen to another book narrated by Michael. Overall about a 2 out of 5.

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Should have been better

This is the story of an important man and should have been better. The book wanders around through various events, some barely related to the main character. Disappointing.

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Enjoyed this one..!!

If you could sum up The Quiet Don in three words, what would they be?

Excellent book.

What did you like best about this story?

Well researched, and well written. There is little information on Russell Bufalino, so I am greatful for all of the info I can get.

Which character – as performed by Michael Prichard – was your favorite?

No one in particular.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

Any additional comments?

I always enjoy listening to Michael Prichard, as he is very professional and seems to show up on books that I have a great deal of interest in.

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Not enough Bufalino and too much Denaples

Would you try another book from Matt Birkbeck and/or Michael Prichard?

Probably not.

Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Prichard’s performances?

Absolutely not.

Was The Quiet Don worth the listening time?

No

Any additional comments?

Michael Prichard absolutely slaughtered the Italian names. Bufalino, Delia and Osticco mispronounced. There were others also. Shame on Pritchard.

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