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Carmine the Snake: Carmine Persico and His Murderous Mafia Family

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The shocking true story of the most ruthless and deadly mob boss in the annals of the American Mafia.

In the golden age of organized crime, Carmine "The Snake" Persico was the King of the Streets. The defacto boss of the Colombo Mafia family since the 1970s, he oversaw gang wars, murders, and major rackets, even from prison. He is suspected of personally murdering as many
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Citadel Press
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I found this to be a wonderful book to learn about Carmine “The Snake” Persico, Jr. aka “the Immortal” and “Junior”, who was known for being the longtime boss of the Colombo crime family. It tells a lot about his family and how he got started so young on the streets even in primary school. He was head of his own youth gang, the Garfield Boys. He was investigated for murder by the time he was just 16 years of age when a young man was killed during a fight between rival gangs over a girl supposedl ...more
Dee Arr
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have had the opportunity to read other books on organized crime, some of them visiting the same topics covered by the author of “Carmine the Snake.” However, these books had more of a historical feel to them and did not come close to the intimacy reflected on the pages of author Frank DiMatteo’s retelling of the same events.

Mr. DiMatteo tells the story of Carmine Persico in chronological order, and when he detours away from the timeline, it is for a good reason and he gives the reader fair war
Randal White
An insider's look at the story of mafioso Carmine Persico, the head of the Colombo family. Persico (later nicknamed the Snake, or Mr. Immortal) began his criminal career at a very young age in the streets of New York City. Already at age 17, he was charged with his first murder. The book documents his rise in the rank and his participation in many of the infamous mafia hits.
Through it all, Persico emerges as a highly intelligent man, with an incredible sense of honor to the code of "Omerta". De
Cristie Underwood
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The author did a great job of capturing the highs and lows of Carmine Persico's life as the head of the Colombo Mafia. He was arrested for murder as a teenager and was behind some of the bloodiest and brutual mob hits over decades. Even being in prison hasn't stopped Carmine from having control. This was a great read!
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Fast-Moving, Informative, Interesting Mafia Biography!

Many years ago my interest in reading started after reading a series of biographies about a variety of Mafia figures; and while my reading interests have expanded over the years into a variety of other genres, "mob" books (both fiction and non-fiction) still remain as one of my favorites. Having liked the author's The President Street Boys: Growing Up Mafia, I was happy to receive an advance ecopy of DiMatteo's (and Benson's) newest book, C
P.e. lolo
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mafia
An interesting read of how Carmine “The Snake” rose to power. The author takes you from the beginnings of his early childhood and then into the first few crimes that he was associated with. Even from the very beginning, he had a knack of getting off even when they went to court. This is explained in detailed. You are shown how he begins to rise through the ranks and the friends and enemies that he makes. But do they actually make any friends in the Mafia? He is always watching and learning seein ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Mafia biography

This account of Carmine Persico's life of crime kept my interest throughout. He came across as human. I wish there had been more about his day to day life, relationships with family and such. But people are dead or not talking. For all that, it wasn't just a list of facts strung together. The book is interesting.

Persico is smart, but doesn't seem to learn from his mistakes. He's in jail, his fourth decade there. His kids, nephews, brothers--everyone behind bars. For years and
Phil Cunningham
Interesting Read a Little Difficult to Follow

I enjoyed the read, however the volume of names was a little overwhelming. The authors did a good job describing and attempting to sort everything out, but there was just too many people to organize efficiently, (pun intended). All in all I liked the book and recommend to persons interested in the Mafia culture.
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