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The Last Godfather

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  357 ratings  ·  11 reviews
DeStefano puts forth exclusive revelations about the last of the old-world mob bosses and the ultimate betrayal that brought down Joseph Massino, mob boss of the Bonanno crime family for more than 20 years.
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Citadel (first published September 30th 2005)
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Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mafia enthusiasts
Shelves: read-true-crime
quite in depth account of Massino's criminal career including his trials and eventual collaboration with the government.
Cathy Dennis
Journalist writing about the mob.
Heather Dickey
Apr 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 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.
Dorothy Pierce
not for me...
TJ Shelby
It was mafia, so I enjoyed it but it read slower than a history book at times.
Another interesting read on the lives of the New York Mafia. Quite in depth and informative.
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Anthony M. DeStefano has been a reporter for the past twenty years for Newsday in New York City, specializing in criminal justice and legal affairs. He is the author of The Last Godfather, King of the Godfathers, Mob Killer,The War on Human Trafficking, and Gangland New York, among others. He has appeared on Biography Channel programs as an expert on organized crime and he also speaks at academic ...more