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Summary

In this blistering street-level account, "Mafia survivor" Frank DiMatteo teams up with true-crime master Michael Benson to take down one of the most notorious figures in the American La Cosa Nostra. This is the real inside story of Carmine "The Snake" Persico, from his crime-filled childhood on the streets of Brooklyn to the long-term jail sentences that didn't stop him from controlling his criminal empire, with the help of his brother - the equally kill-crazy Alphonse "Allie Boy" Persico.

This is the story of his deadly teen years as leader of the fearsome Garfield Boys; his recruitment into the Profaci - later the Colombo - crime family; his bloody betrayal of the Gallo brothers; his role in the hair-raising ambush and slaying of Albert Anastasia - the Lord High Executioner of Murder, Inc. - as he sat in a barbershop chair getting a shave; the terror he struck into the hearts of the New York Mafia's other families, and even his own crews; and the many courtroom trials where Persico walked after witnesses came down with sudden cases of "amnesia."

Today, Persico schmoozes with Ponzi king Bernard Madoff behind bars. There, at age 84, his legend - packed as it is with coldblooded brutality - continues to inspire goodfellas everywhere.

©2018 Frank DiMatteo and Michael Benson (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A Good Book

I enjoyed this, but I felt that it could have done with some more in depth information on some of the subjects, it fwely like it skipped over a few things, otherwise well worth a listen...

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Definately worth a listen

A lot of great material I'd never heard before.

Highly recommended for those bored of the same regurgated stories of New York Cosa Nostra.

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The snake bites baxk

Good as there is no much information on snake 🐍definitely worth it a must for Mob readers and not really any mention of sonny or Michael frannszse

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Easy listen

Enjoyable listen although a bit more detail would have been welcome in parts. Some chapters felt rushed.

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  • Jeffery D. Giuliani
  • 21-09-18

Excellent in depth book.

I am a huge fan of this genre. I have read tub fulls of books about the mob but I have read very little about the Persico family. Just peripheral characters in other books. This went deep into new territory for me and while there were overlapping details from other books, most of it was new to me which made it even better to listen to. Johnny Heller does a great job narrating. I highly recommend this book.

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  • 16-01-20

True Mafia ShotCaller

I have read many True Crime books about the Mafia, and without a doubt this book hit all the points. As a teen, I hung out in Red Hook, and South Brooklyn. I heard the stories of the neighborhood legends. Junior Persico was without a doubt the "True Shotcaller". Bigger than "Gotti", more ruthless than the " The Chin". Junior and his Family was a True Mafia Dynasty.

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  • 23-02-21

Very informative

This isn't as much about Mr. Persico as it seems to be about the folks around him in most of the tales told here. This book gives a vivid picture of the things that shaped the career of one of the most influential guys to be a part of Family history though and, as such, I would recommend this title to anyone who enjoys the rich history of the American mafia.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-02-21

Great book

I loved this book, Carmine's son Allie boy lived up the road from me in our Federal Prison before he died.

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  • R. P.
  • 07-01-21

If you ever wanted to know about Carmine Persico..

It's been said that everyone has one great book in them, clearly that person underestimated Mr. DiMatteo.

I had my doubts about this book, after all the author's father was loyal to Larry Gallo and its hard to imagine anyone from President Street being fair on the subject. It would be like Donald Trump Jr. writing about Joe Biden, or so you might think.

The author addresses this conflict of interest right away and proceeds to write a very good book. If you've read any of his other books you won't be surprised by his research, it is thorough, and a great story is woven around the historical dates.

What a life and what a character, well done.

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  • ken conforth 2nd most interesting person in the world.
  • 16-08-20

old time mafia , in and around n.y and n.j.

old time la Costa nosta the hit mam ,the sons of capos, the backstabbing , and it was all about the almighty buck

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  • WEO58
  • 17-05-21

Complicated

Full of information. Bit dis jointed. Illustrates the intellect of the mob. Worth a listen

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  • Casey Bruno
  • 06-04-21

good book.

I would recommend this book to my co workers with out a doubt. it went by fast.

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  • Simon Bullen
  • 20-03-21

Gripping informative listen

The narrator is first class, The story was very informative... i enjoyed this book very much .