Vincent "Chin" Gigante.
He started out as a professional boxer - until he found his true calling as a ruthless contract killer. His doting mother's pet name for the boy evolved into his famous alias, "Chin", a nickname that struck fear throughout organized crime as he routinely ordered the murders of mobsters who violated the Mafia code.
Vincent Gigante was hand-picked by Vito Genovese to run the Genovese Family when Vito was sent to prison. Chin raked in more than $100 million for the Genovese Family, all while evading federal investigators. At the height of his power, he controlled an underworld empire of close to 300 made men.
And yet Vincent Gigante was, to all outside appearances, certifiably crazy. A serial psychiatric hospital outpatient, he wandered the streets of Greenwich Village in a ratty bathrobe and slippers. He urinated in public, played pinochle in storefronts, and hid a second family from his wife. On 22 occasions, he admitted himself to a mental hospital. It took nearly 30 years of endless psychiatric evaluations by a parade of puzzled doctors for federal authorities to finally bring him down.
©2016 Larry McShane (P)2016 Tantor
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"Not as good as others"
It's just kinda slow and more factually dulling. It's awesome facts but reads as a text book more than a story.
Overall great info to learn more or if your just getting started.
"Not surprising a biography about a recluse sucks."
If you enjoy the fact he pretended to be crazy being repeated for about 10 hrs this is your book. The author should've pulled the plug a month into it (assuming it took longer than that) when we realized there was very little data about the subject. The only enjoyable parts were taken from other MUCH more interesting subjects Sammy Gravano and Phil Leonetti- both wrote MUCH MUCH better books.
My main complait it how little info is here. It's just repetitive and largely uninteresting.
The italian one.
Audible has a free audiobook the 'Mafia Prince' by Phil Leonetti that's great. Listen to that instead.
Enjoyed book immensely. It is a must-read for any mafia aficionado. Interesting for cover to cover.
"entertaining and informative"
loved this book easy to breeze through even though it is packed with information. what a character couldn't have made him up
"Good for a novice mafia student"
This would be a good introduction to the New York mafia for someone with an interest but not much background information. If, like me, you've read more than a few books or seen a handful of mob documentaries, "Chin" will be largely a recap of stories frequently told elsewhere in literature and on the small screen.
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