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Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  734 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso is currently serving thirteen consecutive life sentences plus 455 years at a federal prison in Colorado. Now, for the first time, the head of a mob family has granted complete and total access to a journalist. Casso has given New York Times bestselling author Philip Carlo the most intimate, personal look into the world of La Cosa Nostra ever seen. T ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by William Morrow
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Opiated
Jan 25, 2011 Opiated rated it it was ok
This book should have been titled Gaspipe: Delusions of a Mafia Boss. That is how it reads. This is Casso's version of events during his reign as a deranged mobster. Murder after murder and crime after crime are justified as something Casso just had to do because he was a 'man's man'. When other mafiosi turn informants they are rats. When Casso turns informant he is using the FBI as an 'electrician uses a wire' as a means to an end.
Philip Carlo's writing leaves a lot to be desired. I lost count
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Keri
Jul 22, 2011 Keri rated it it was ok
The writing style was repetitive and extremely amateur (simple spelling errors, abrupt tone changes, stretched metaphors, etc). I generally like books about the mafia, but Carlo managed to make this one quite boring - which is hard to do with a mafia story! Also, he clearly has a slanted view of Casso so that everything he did is slanted as "just business," "clever strategy," "manly," or "his culture". It would have been much more interesting to hear about him as a human being with all the quirk ...more
Austin Durling
Jun 04, 2014 Austin Durling rated it really liked it
Loved this book. Couldn't put it down! Philip Carlo is one of my favourite true crime authors, hands down.
Rick Boyer
Sep 29, 2013 Rick Boyer rated it liked it
Actually, this book gets 3.75 stars. It's really well written, fascinating, informative, and a window into the secret and violent world of the American Mafia. The book is enhanced by the fact that the author, Philip Carlo, and his family were personal friends of the Casso family... so there is some personal insight here that you might not get elsewhere.

On the other hand, that personal relationship at times seems to make Carlo want to present Gaspipe Casso as a sympathetic figure... a guy who tol
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Hayesy
Jul 28, 2015 Hayesy rated it did not like it
15/100

Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss is basically 300+ pages dedicated to idolising a cold-hearted killer. I got 120 pages in before I started skipping chapters to see if the content or style was any different, before finally giving up on the book.

The author worships Casso at every opportunity, just as he attempts to justify every one of his violent deeds to the audience. Carlo spends more time talking up Casso than explaining his life, which leads to a very repetitive book. All of the ch
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Dave Gaston
Oct 19, 2010 Dave Gaston rated it it was ok
Carlo stole part of my life from me, he should go to jail with Gaspipe for the hours I lost. I blame the author and the sensational killer that he interviewed (and OK... maybe I blame myself ... a little). His book represents mafia bravado at it most expected and therefore it’s most mundane. Yes, yes he serves up the sizzle and I suppose that is exactly why I morbidly wanted to read another true crime NY Mafia confession. Carlo details a life long murder spree for hire, a series of double crosse ...more
John McDonald
Aug 02, 2015 John McDonald rated it liked it
Anthony Casso was a good looking young Italian guy whose mother and father, a hardworking guy who knew some of the Bensonhurst locals, could have chosen a different life but didn't. His nickname "Gaspipe" does not underestimate the horror this man could inflict with a pipe installed at his leg used during 1950s rumbles with other Brooklyn gangs. Casso became what he is, and so be that. At times, the author, who publicly admitted that Casso was a
psychopath, seems to want us to believe that Casso
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Nathaniel
Mar 05, 2016 Nathaniel rated it it was ok
This is a biography of Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso, one of the most influential figures in the 20th century Italian Mafia, written by some random guy who grew up next door to him.

I will start by saying that Carlo was far from a good writer. Very far. It's obvious that this book was written piecemeal with minimal editing and then combined. He alternates calling Casso "Anthony", "Casso", or "Gaspipe" repeatedly, often in the same paragraph, and often awkwardly calls him "Anthony Gaspipe Casso" at ina
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Joseph Andolino
Apr 27, 2011 Joseph Andolino rated it really liked it
Really liked the story. Cool to hear about his human side along with the animal involved in all of the criminal activities. It seems as though he really laid everything out there. If he really did try to get the laws attention in regards to future terrorist activity and it was ignored, it sucks. Great read!
Andy
Aug 14, 2008 Andy rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: ONLY people like me who are compelled to read EVERY Mafia book that comes out
Pretty weak. How can you screw up with such interesting subject matter? I think this might have been my favorite book ever if I was still 14 years old. The author doesn't really try to hide his man-crush on Anthony Casso and it gets pretty old. Some of the writing is just painfully amateur.
Ben
Aug 21, 2016 Ben rated it liked it
A fascinating, informative biography written by one of my favourite crime authors: Philip Carlo. Carlo allows the reader to delve into the life of Anthony 'Gaspipe' Casso at length to examine the neurotic, criminal mastermind up close, displaying both his flawed, sadistic and barbaric side along with his family-orientated, loving and paternal side.

However, there are a few negative comments I need to get off of my chest: primarily the fact that there are so many errors and simple spelling mistake
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Lisa
Jul 08, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marlon
Shelves: 2010, non-fic, true-crime
After virtually all of my family became obsessed by The Iceman (which I still haven't read), they went on a bit of a Philip Carlo mission, which is how I came to be handed this (and also, probably due to my love of The Sopranos).

I found this to be an interesting, matter-of-fact, yet flawed and occasionally repetitive account of how Anthony 'Gaspipe' Casso, former underboss of the Luchese family, came to rise through the ranks of La Cosa Nostra and meet his ultimate fate, to be played out behind
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Lee
When reading this book you have to take two things in mind first this book is Gaspipe Casso’s point of view. The other is that the author used to live next door to Casso and lets him tell his point of view without really questioning it. This tells the story of the infamous Luchesse Boss/Underboss Gaspipe Casso. It details his rise up the mob ladder from his youth cumulating in him being one of most popular mob figures in NYC. It also follows his fall how after being caught he ended up turning Ra ...more
George
Jul 13, 2010 George rated it really liked it
INTERESTING, CAPTIVATING READING.

“…a sandwich at a luncheonette.”—page 54

There’s a word that triggered memories: ‘luncheonette’. Do they even still have luncheonettes in the twenty-first century? Did they ever use that word outside of the New York City metropolitan area? The last time I had “a sandwich at a luncheonette” must have been in the late 1950s; probably in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I’ll admit I was leery about reading a book with the word “Confessions” in the title. Afraid I might be in
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Steven
I found this a difficult book to rate. The writing was repetitive at times. The ending felt rushed. It also seemed as if much of the details in the ending were left out. For example, there was a reference to an event that was never described beyond that reference. At times I was irritated by the book's tone, which tended to support the criminal, but this is common to these stories, which tend to be told from the subject's point of view. The full horror of the subject's actions, the impact on peo ...more
Don
Mar 14, 2011 Don rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
This is a good overview of the 90s mafia wars from the Lucchese family side of things. Most of the press and the books I've read concentrate on the Gambinos. Obviously, Anthony Casso *Gaspipe") is far from a reliable witness to his own crimes--although it's hard to think he could have made up anything worse than the murders and mutilations depicted here. The indictment of the FBI rings true in that they refused to use much of Casso's testimony because it contradicted the testimony of their previ ...more
Tim Jin
Dec 06, 2013 Tim Jin rated it did not like it
After reading The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer, a few years ago, I was looking forward for more Philip Carlo's writing, but it seems like he is one hit wonder with The Ice Man. The author doesn't really go in depth with Gaspipe and his other book, The Butcher. Unlike his first debut best seller (Richard Kuklinski's story), it seems like he wrote the two latter books just because to fulfill his contract with the publisher . Unlike The Ice Man, there is no compelling reason to r ...more
Matt
Nov 24, 2013 Matt rated it liked it
Shelves: mafia-new-york
Good book. Based on the direct confessions of Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso. His version including admitions of dozens of murders. Turned states' witness only to be less than useful as a phsychopath. Feels he got screwed. I did not enjoy as much as Iceman and this had a far different feel. Casso seems pretty delusional, and this is told largely from his perspective.

I liked this book overall and I like Carlo's work. Casso is a combination of stone cold phsychopath,and mafia leader. I would put this be
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Alex
Mar 18, 2010 Alex rated it really liked it
A really good book, although I have to say I liked his other book that I previously read, "The Ice Man, Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer" somewhat better. Although the book did tend to always shine Casso in a good light, no matter the situation (most likely due to the author's relationship with Casso), the facts did all seem to be accurate and it was an enjoyable book to read. It had very short chapters which I love (always close to a stopping point), and was written almost like a fiction ...more
Sarah
Sep 16, 2008 Sarah rated it did not like it
Shelves: crime
h my god, I am still unsure why I read this the whole way through. It was awful - repetitious, filled with bad attempts at street language, and a narrative that kept tripping over itself. Maybe it would have worked better if it was a novella, because with the number of times that certain facts were repeated over and over again makes me think that there simply wasn't enough material there to make an entire book. And man, some of the assumptions he makes to try to fill in the characters of the peo ...more
Luke Farris
Sep 29, 2011 Luke Farris rated it really liked it
I liked the book because it talked about how he grew up. He learned about the streets at a young age. He was a wise mobster in the beginning. He followed his orders and he was an outstanding earner for the Lucchese's.He respected the old way of La Cosa Nostra. He had so many cops and FBI agents in his pocket too, he was one of the strongest people in the mob, but he was not a boss because he turned it down to Vic. He just stayed as an underboss. He started to get paranoid about who was going to ...more
Russell
Nov 02, 2015 Russell rated it it was ok
A quick and easy read, but not Carlo's best work. While he doesn't make apologies for Casso's nonsense, he does largely portray him as a victim of circumstances and environment. Carlo spends more time pointing out the indisputably corrupt workings of the government, rather than pointing out just how morally bankrupt Casso and organized crime is to those it victimizes. Apparently Carlo knows the Casso family and his bias clearly shows.

2 stars, only because of an impartiality to the Mafia genre, b
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Steve Farawell
Oct 18, 2014 Steve Farawell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philip-carlo
very interesting about Mafia life. had my attention all through the book ,page after page.
Mike
Jul 29, 2008 Mike rated it liked it
Another stroke job book written by a mobster who tries to save his own ass by ratting on his associates. Just like every book written by these greased guinas they go through the whole book saying how they hate rats and everyone loved them then in the end they turn on there friends. Anthony Casso was one of the top Luchesse crime family bosses (The same crime family that Goodfellas was written about). He ended up getting screwed by the government on his plea deal which I find pretty funny and he ...more
Karen S
Nov 29, 2014 Karen S rated it it was ok
Disappointed.
Avi
Jan 25, 2009 Avi rated it really liked it
Easy to read, short chapters, and very interesting, although the end of the book tended to drag a little, and overall the book tended to be repetitive. It is also intersting how the author paints the book's main character as a stand up guy, while the vast majorty of his adversaries are described as crazy, psychopaths, etc. In this way, the book was clearly one-sided. With that said, it is a very good read, a gripping story, and highly recommended. I give it an 8 on a scale of 1-10.
Yvonne
Sep 18, 2014 Yvonne rated it liked it
Interesting, but poorly written with too much repetition.
Miguelani
Oct 30, 2008 Miguelani rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Italians looking for a heritage boost.
Recommended to Miguelani by: Myself
This book really is about confessions. Anthony Casso's life brought up by the New York Mob Familios. He is noticed by almost every family his skills in shooting, street smarts and also control of money and buisness. The story is told through the eyes of a narerater. The theme is about what the Italianos familios had to do to get some respect around the USA. Its the main word and the true story of all Italianos e' Italiana's.

Latino Amore eterno
Kerry
Jan 16, 2013 Kerry rated it liked it
I picked this book up after I had read The Iceman. I tried to read it twice before I actually got past the first 3 chapters, and once I was 'into' it I found this book is not as well written but still enjoyable all the same. I found a few things repetitive but I think I would still be enticed to read another Philip Carlo book again. Overall I would recommend Philip Carlo but wouldn't suggest you start with this particular book.
Klaytan Phillips
Nov 20, 2011 Klaytan Phillips rated it it was amazing
I thought it was a good book kept me on the edge of my seat i love mafia books and this one was a good book. it tought me abouyt mafia leaders and it showed me alot about mafia leaders and what they do and what there tought proces is behind leading a mob. i would read this book agagain it was that good to me. i recomend this book to any body that likes mafia type stuff.
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