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King of the Godfathers: Joseph Massino and the Fall of the Bonanno Crime Family

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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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Dorothy Pierce
not for me...
Heather Dickey
Apr 29, 2009 Heather Dickey rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 16, 2011 Joe rated it really liked it
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.
Max Burgel
Lots of details. When reading mob-books it's fun to read the "stories" and this had some of that but it was split with a lot of time stamped details that zoned me out a little, although; better to have them than not I suppose.
May 18, 2014 Neil rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
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.
Mar 18, 2013 Sandu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
gave up after first chapter. way too many names and small facts (meetings, names) that are impossible to know and/or to check.
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