The Underboss: The Rise and Fall of a Mafia Family
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Underboss: The Rise and Fall of a Mafia Family

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  118 ratings  ·  6 reviews
On February 26, 1986, Mafia underboss Gennaro Angiulo was convicted of racketeering and sentenced to forty-five years in prison. In The Underboss, bestselling authors Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill tell the story of the fall of the house of Angiulo. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, aided in part by the Irish Mob's Whitey Bulger, entered the Boston Mafia's headquarters in...more
Mass Market Paperback, 260 pages
Published April 5th 2002 by PublicAffairs (first published 1989)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Underboss, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Underboss

In Cold Blood by Truman CapoteHelter Skelter by Vincent BugliosiThe Stranger Beside Me by Ann RuleThe Devil in the White City by Erik LarsonThe Manson File by Nikolas Schreck
True Crime
96th out of 357 books — 407 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 206)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
One of the best La Cosa Nostra book's I have read The Underboss details the rise and fall of Boston's most powerful Italian mobster, Gennaro "Jerry" Angiulo. Angiulo and his brothers controlled the city's gambling and loansharking rackets from their stronghold in the city's close-knit North End. Jerry Angiulo has to be one of the vilest creatures in the history of the American Mafia ruling with an iron-fist and continually berating his underlings which included calling his son Jason a "cocksucki...more
The true story of Gennaro "Jerry" Anguilo, who ran the numbers racket for the Boston Mafia (and all mob actions for the city).

There was no way I could not love this book; Jerry lived in the town where I grew up. Jerry's still in prison, but we'd go trick-or-treating to his house (where his wife still lives) every Halloween (because they give out full-size candy bars). My family gets Christmas cards for the Anguilos. And I also recognized some places in the North End; Cafe Pompeii (an Anguilo han...more
This terrifying book refutes the notion that the preponderance of organized crime in the Northeast is confined to New York City. From Boston to Providence to Hartford, few in "the life" could afford false steps under the paranoid eyes of Jerry Angiulo, especially given his ties to the legendary Whitey Bulger. After you read this book, you'll be forgiven a case of the willies as you walk Boston's North End of Providence's Federal Hill. For those morbidly fascinated by organized crime, this is a p...more
I grew up outside of Boston and went to high school with some of the Angiulo family, so I had a personal interest in this book. The book filled in a lot of the "gaps" concerning the Angiulo's and organized crime in the area. For this alone, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it highly to people like me, who know the area, and have an interest in organized crime. For those whose interest is purely the "true crime" genre, I would say it's "pretty good".
The full Rise and fall of Jerry Anguilo and Family. Outlines the Boston and new England Italian Mob origanizations from the 30's through the 80's. Outlines the Patriarcha(providence Rhode Island) Family relationships. Anguilo ended up in Jail for lfe in the 80's. Made room for the Winter Hill/Whitey Bulger era in Boston.

If you are into Boston Mob History, this is a decent read.

Sarah Bykowski
The Underboss was an okay read. There was no driving plot, and it jumped around too much for my taste. It also seemed that a lot of the info was restated a few times, as if simply to make the book longer. Now, I know that it is a work of non-fiction, but that doesn't mean they have to be confusing and well...boring with it. Definitely not a book I'd pick up again.
Greg Stanford
Greg Stanford marked it as to-read
Aug 27, 2014
Nina marked it as to-read
Aug 22, 2014
Kelly marked it as to-read
Aug 17, 2014
Ryan Eldeb
Ryan Eldeb marked it as to-read
Jul 17, 2014
Natalie marked it as to-read
Jul 17, 2014
Janet Hurtado
Janet Hurtado marked it as to-read
Jun 23, 2014
Amanda Suffel
Amanda Suffel marked it as to-read
Jun 23, 2014
James Hansen
James Hansen marked it as to-read
Jun 21, 2014
Ron Villa
Ron Villa marked it as to-read
Jun 19, 2014
Kayla Boesche
Kayla Boesche marked it as to-read
May 27, 2014
Steve_long marked it as to-read
Apr 22, 2014
Natalya Kuraeva
Natalya Kuraeva marked it as to-read
Mar 22, 2014
Thea marked it as to-read
Mar 18, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Dick Lehr is a journalist who received a BA from Harvard in 1976.
More about Dick Lehr...
Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders The Fence: A Police Cover-up Along Boston's Racial Divide Whitey: The Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss Whitey and the FBI: The mobster and the agent who crossed the line

Share This Book