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    • Top Hoodlum

    • Frank Costello, Prime Minister of the Mafia
    • By: Anthony M. DeStefano
    • Narrated by: L.J. Ganser
    • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Using newly released FBI files, eyewitness accounts, and family mementos, Top Hoodlum takes you inside the Mafia that Frank Costello helped build from the ground up, from small-time bootlegging and gambling to a nationwide racketeering empire. Sometimes shocking, sometimes amusing, and always riveting, these are the stories that have inspired American crime classics like The Godfather, Casino, Goodfellas, and The Sopranos. This is the man who made the Mafia such a powerful force in our nation's history. This is Top Hoodlum

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent look at Frank Costello

    • By Jeffery D. Giuliani on 08-14-18

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Big Heist

    • The Real Story of the Lufthansa Heist, the Mafia, and Murder
    • By: Anthony M. DeStefano
    • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    One of the biggest scores in Mafia history, the Lufthansa Airlines heist of 1978 has become the stuff of Mafia legend - and a decades-long investigation that continues to this day. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony DeStefano sheds new light on this legendary unsolved case using recent evidence from the 2015 trial of 80-year-old Mafia don Vincent Asaro, who for the first time speaks out on his role in the fateful Lufthansa heist.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An update to Good Fellas

    • By James Ciotti on 10-08-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Vinny Gorgeous

    • The Ugly Rise and Fall of a New York Mobster
    • By: Anthony M. DeStefano
    • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    A vain man of good looks, small means, and no family links to the mob, Vincent "Vinny Gorgeous" Basciano steadily worked his way up to acting boss of the Bonanno crime family, becoming its leader when official boss Joseph Massino went to the clink in 2003. But at a time when the Mob was crawling with secret operatives and informants caving to government pressure to flip, Basciano obeyed the code of La Cosa Nostra. "I got faith in one guy," he told a group of mobsters during a secretly taped meeting.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Straight up and to the point writing style.

    • By Nurture Learners and Able Observers on 06-02-17

    Regular price: $25.19

    • Gangland New York

    • The Places and Faces of Mob History
    • By: Anthony M. DeStefano
    • Narrated by: Gary Galone
    • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    From the Bowery Boys and the Five Points Gang through the rise of the Jewish "Kosher Nostra" and the ascendance of the Italian Mafia, mobsters have played a major role in the city's history, lurking just around the corner or inside that nondescript building. Bill "the Butcher" Poole, Paul Kelly, Monk Eastman, "Lucky" Luciano, Carlo Gambino, Meyer Lansky, Mickey Spillane, John Gotti - each held sway over New York neighborhoods that nurtured them and gave them power.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • nicely detailed

    • By Belinda Barnes on 09-04-15

    Regular price: $24.49