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Mafia Prince: Inside America's Most Violent Crime Family and the Bloody Fall of La Cosa Nostra

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  823 ratings  ·  73 reviews

Mafia Prince is the first-person account of one of the most violent eras in Mafia history —“Little” Nicky Scarfo’s reign as boss of the Philly family in the 1980s—written by Scarfo’s underboss and nephew, “Crazy” Phil Leonetti.

The youngest-ever underboss at the age of 31, Leonetti was at the crux of the violent downfall of the traditional American M
Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Running Press (first published November 27th 2012)
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Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read A LOT of books on the mafia and this one is my favorite. Unlike most true crime books, Phil Leonetti actually lived "the life" at the highest levels as the underboss of the Philadelphia mob during his uncle Little Nicky Scarfo's reign as boss. Unlike Sammy Gravano's "Underboss," I didn't find Leonetti's autobiography to be filled with self-serving braggadocio. Leonetti comes across as likable but cold and calculating. A wolf in sheep's clothing. The authors do a great job of explaining ...more
Wow. To flip on the mob you were a part of. Put many of them in jail. Write a book about it. Still stay alive. Pretty incredible accounts of life inside the mob with actual details of some of the hits and different activities done by not just the mob, but the man providing the info for book himself.
Michael Flanagan
Mafia Prince takes the reader into the secret world of La Cosa Nostra through one time mobster and FBI informant Phil "Crazy Phil" Leonetti. Phil does not hold back when describing the world he lived in and quite often you have to remind yourself that this is not fiction. The book is all the top Mafia movies rolled into one, being a cross between the Godfather and Goodfellas with a touch of the Sopranos.

What sets this book apart is that we see the transformation and realization of the author tha
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Adding to the substantive literature on the Scarfo Crime Family, Mafia Prince follows the career of Phil Leonetti, who briefly served as underboss of Nicky Scarfo's organization. The writing is a bit unique. The book is based on interviews with Leonetti, with the authors directly quoting him and then adding (or repeating) the same information. There is not much collaborative evidence. This is Leonetti's story of history.

Having read Mafia Wipeout by Tom Cox, Mob Father by Tommy DelGiorno, Breaki
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About: This is a beautiful dark story of an often romanticized topic: Mafia. Little Nicky Scarfo ruled Philly’s Mafia Family, La Cosa Nostra, this thing of ours. Under his rule everyone got out of their way, for these people, this mob, was ruthless and cruel. On some incidence a man took his own life in fear they came to brutally murder him, even though it was a mere chance. Scarfo’s nephew, Crazy Phil Leonetti ruled as
Michael Hames
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The narrator of the book is a bit repetitive sometimes which is why i rated it 4 stars instead of 5 but it’s a great story about the mob. Like reading real life version of The Godfather or The Sopranos. If you enjoy mob movies you will enjoy this book.
Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing and dialog are a bit stereotypical "mob sayings." with an overabundance of names with variable degrees of character development. Maybe it's true to life, but the story is only moderately engaging. ...more
"I was practically born into a New England society of murderous sociopaths, having been brought up under the wing of the nearest silhouette of a father-figure I could find, himself a locally noted murderous sociopath. For a couple decades it was alright being a murderous sociopath in the company of murderous sociopaths, and there's no denying that our feudal profit-sharing model was at a minimum very lucrative for my father-figure. But unfortunately most of the other murderous sociopaths were in ...more
Phil Villarreal
The writing is poor, and the storytelling is mediocre. Leonetti's memoir thrives on the pure grit of his honesty, humility, shamelessness and experience. He recounts his years in the mob, and what led to his betrayal of his entire crime family and willingness to risk his own life and those of everyone he loved just to stick it to his controlling uncle, never pretending that he became a government witness for altruistic, or even pragmatic, reasons. Leonetti and his gaggle of ghostwriters spin the ...more
May 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"And said he gets this, and he made the sign of the gun"
"Crazy Phil" Philip Leonetti is the highest ranking turn-coat in the mafia's history, I can't say I'm versed in Mafioso history so factually I can't credit or discredit it.

The book is an oral history of Crazy Phil's rise, under "Little Nicky" Nicky Scarfo. What follows is a very talky and often wandering history of the ultra-violent Philly branch of La Coka Nostra. With a rotating cast of people, it gets bogged down with so many names, so
Kathy Chumley
Even though The Sopranos was supposedly based on a northern New Jersey crime family much of what happened in this book sounds a lot like the tv series. There's even an uncle-nephew relationship. If anything about the Mafia sounds even slightly attractive this book will show you the reality of that bizarre criminal lifestyle.

The narrator of the audio version really made the book. I think if I had been reading it in a print or electronic version I might not have finished it. The narrator is the r
This is one of those books you wish they'd turn into a miniseries. The story is everything you could ever want out of a mafia book, and the best part is that it really happened! I listened to the audiobook, the narrator was fantastic! I was convinced he was Leonetti telling his story firsthand. The only drawback of the audiobook was having to memorize a lot of names. Sometimes all the family/gang members got a wee bit confusing. The author does a good job of giving you brief summaries about the ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for an apologetic feel good story of redemption, this isn't it. I think the refreshing thing about this book is that Phil Leonetti doesn't make excuses for who he was and what he did. That was the world he was part of. Period. Him turning his life around, he equates La Cosa Nostra to Santa Claus, as in once he saw through the lies there was no reason to keep believing and carrying on in that world. The way he lays everything out, these guys were killing each other left and righ ...more
Joe Fiorella
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This should be a movie! Why Hollywood keeps making movie after movie about Gotti or Hoffa is beyond me. This is just begging for a film adaptation! The treachery and deceit, the colorful mob characters, the slew of cinematic style mafia executions, and the dynamic between Crazy Phil and Little Nicky is incredible stuff. And it’s all true!!! A must read for anyone interested in the genre. If you’ve read and enjoyed Gravano’s Underboss, then you’ll love this!
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to like this - the amount of death at the hands of the principle author - but it is interesting historically for the Philadelphia Crime Family and the Five families of New York, if you like that sort of thing. ...more
Anthony Blengino
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like a 4 and a half. Awesome step into the world of La Cosa Nostra. Only complaint is that the author explained things that did not need to be explained often. Awesome book though especially for any mob fan from the Philadelphia/Atlantic City area.
Davi Kladakis
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have loved mafia books, documenterys, and movies since I was in my early 20's. I'm kind of a purest when it comes down to it. So trust me when I give a mafia book 5 stars. It was open, honest and most important raw. ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a glimpse into La Cosa Nostra written by a once, high ranking member of the mob who got sickened by the life and, once jailed decided to work with the FBI.
Ballsy book
Julie Clark
I am fairly certain half this book is just names but it was entertaining none the less.
Timothy Hall
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good book. I enjoyed it. The story came across as authentic. If you enjoyed the Godfather, and or Goodfellas, you would enjoy this book.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now My favorite book!
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little redundant in areas. They must of used the phrase: La Cosa Nostra 1ooo times... It was kind of annoying. But the story is strong. Well done.
Darcy Bellows-Mascorro
Plays better than a hollywood film, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction
Janet Veidt
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good read

A great look inside the minds of people in the mafia. I recommend it to anyone who is far images by the mob.
Erick Njenga
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great insight into the workings of the mob in the 80s
Bill Weisensel
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. A fascinating story about a world that I knew very little about. Great read!
Brooks Kohler
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read. Strong stuff with a macabre sense of humor.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story line was is interesting but the writing is elementary. He did a good job explaining the Cosa Nostra and everyone's place in Philly. But there was alot of repetition. ...more
Janet Goldberg
Okay. Interesting. I remember a lot of the history, but found the story telling average.
Eric Pool
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly one of the best Mafioso biographies. Very detailed, he has a tremendous recollection and I believe everything to be true as I fact checked a lot. Well written, highly recommend.
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