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The Last Godfather: The Rise and Fall of Joey Massino

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  105 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
As head of the Bonanno clan, Joey Massino was the last don, and ran his world with an iron hand--until he got hit with a murder rap, and turned on his own people. Here, for the first time, is his shocking true story--a glimpse inside the world of organized crime that we may never see again.
Mass Market Paperback, 260 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by Berkley Books
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Shirley
Aug 09, 2015 Shirley rated it it was amazing
I bought a bunch of books on mafiosi at a used book shop, the first was I heard You Paint Houses, which I loved. This was the second, and I didn't know I would appreciate this one even more. Sheeran could never be a made man because he was Irish. Joey Massino was more than a made man, he was the boss of the Bonanno family, one of the five of New York. This book touched on the very vital aspects of mob life all the way through to the 2000's. Joey Massino also turned government snitch, the first t ...more
Rick Marcello
Oct 21, 2015 Rick Marcello rated it it was amazing
The Last Godfather by Simon Crittle was an entertaining and fascinating read. I was stunned that in terms of stars it only averaged 3 stars. I thought that the book was well written and paced. The book details the criminal exploits of Joseph Massino, former head of the Bonnano Crime Family. The book was a pocket paperback so it was a quick read. If you are interested in true crime then read this book. If you are not interested in this genre but you are a book lover, then read this book.
Mary
Jul 10, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good writing. No photos in Kindle version

The story of Joe Massino was well written and interesting.

My gripe is that there are no photos in the kindle version. The cover specifically states there are photos. Publishers and Amazon need to realize they too are subject to rules about truth in advertising.
Marley
Aug 08, 2015 Marley rated it really liked it
My academic field is organized crime and for some reason this book passed me right by until I saw it for for $1.00 at Dollar General. The Bonano Family is my favorite NYC family,but I didn't know much about Joey Massino. There doesn't seem to be anything extraordinary about him but then one doesn't have to especially extraordinary to reach the top anymore. The days of Joe Bonnano and Joey Gallo are long gone. I found the book a little difficult to follow at times and had to go back and forth to ...more
Ben Pushka
Feb 04, 2013 Ben Pushka rated it it was ok
Shelves: free-reading
This book was an interesting book to say the least. I will admit that I had a hard time keeping up with all of the names, titles, and jobs, of the people the author introduced. While the author spent a great deal of time on who and how Joey Massino got his power, I felt like he rushed through the prosecution of the man, particularly from the perspective of the prosecutors. The reason I say this is because the government used some revolutionary techniques to get the information they needed to mak ...more
Peter Shovlin
Feb 08, 2015 Peter Shovlin rated it liked it
An easy read, not particularly heavy on detail but interesting nonetheless
Lee
An okay book about Joe Massino the first Godfather who ever turned rat. It follows his rise up the Bonnano family tree until he becameboss. it tells how he built the Bonnano's up from the lowliest of the 5 major NYC families to one of the most powerful and also the downfall where many of the major members including Massino turned government informant.
Agarigi Wibowo
Feb 17, 2010 Agarigi Wibowo rated it really liked it
Nice point of view about a Don, high commitment to the family, story about brotherhood and human socials.
Nick
Jan 24, 2009 Nick rated it really liked it
Learned the true history of mob era in NY,
and "Donnie Brasco"
Jaka
Jun 08, 2010 Jaka rated it liked it
i'm not understand to this book, nouvel or biografi?
Andrew Whitaker
Jan 15, 2014 Andrew Whitaker rated it really liked it
Great true crime Mafia book
Nilam
Jan 06, 2008 Nilam rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography
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