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King of the Godfathers: Joseph Massino and the Fall of the Bonanno Crime Family
Written by Pulitzer prize-winning reporter Anthony DeStefano, who interviewed Massino's family and friends as well as law enforcement officials and confidential sources, this title is the story of the brutal mob war that made Massino head of the Bonanno family and the most powerful gangster in America.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Pinnacle
(first published September 30th 2005)
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Exciting read, especially the accounts of the trials in 03, 04 and 05. But the writer tended to really give the impression he was part of this story, one of the wiseguys.. got carried away with his emotions a bit in the writing. Found myself rolling my eyes a couple times but otherwise, made for a very interesting read.
This is a good book to read, long but interesting all the way through. I wasn't disappointed at all. The author puts down a great timeline of Massino's life. Massino turned and started talking to the FBI to save himself from the death penalty after being arrested. I recommend this book to read if you like mobsters of the good ol' days.
Very detailed book and I can see where the writers of The Sopranos got their ideas from. I expected more out of the book as it was about the last Mafia boss but it was written from accounts from other people and not from the point of view of the subject of the book. Not for me.