The Sixth Family

The Collapse of the New York Mafia and the Rise of Vito Rizzuto
Narrated by: Danny Campbell
Length: 22 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Bios & Memoirs, Criminals
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The definitive book about the explosive Rizzuto crime family

On May 5, 1981, three rebellious members of New York's Bonanno crime family were gunned down in a Brooklyn social club. One of the gunmen was Vito Rizzuto, a man who would rise to the top of the underworld in Canada and then expand his reign across continents to become a global superboss.

The Sixth Family, now revised and updated, reveals the hidden history of the rise of the Rizzuto clan, the alliances it forged around the world, and the bloody events that led to charges against Vito Rizzuto in the United States and Italy for racketeering and corruption. As police in the United States, Italy, and Canada meticulously pieced together the puzzle that is Vito Rizzuto, established notions about the nature of authority within the Mafia were called into question. Who was this so-called "John Gotti of Canada"? How did he become one of the biggest names in global crime? And how did he survive the deadly assault from gangland rivals that almost destroyed his family?

©2008, 2014 Lee Lamothe and Adrian Humphreys (P)2019 Tantor

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A bit dry

When dealing with the people involved, the audiobook was quite interesting and did give a nice background to the Mafia in Canada. On the other hand, too much dry information concerning the drug trade was more like having a textbook read aloud to you. It could be that I simply prefer to hear more about the characters (real or fictional) to anything else. Kudos for the Narrator making this book more enjoyable.

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The most boring book I ever read

The story in book is told from a "Third person" point of view it never at any point "brings you in to the story" also very annoying is the fact that the writer continuesly uses the term SIXTH FAMILY which is his own terminaligy it was never used either by police or by the mafia, this adds to the feeling of listening to a lecture rather then a story..