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One of the most feared Chicago mobsters, Sam Giancana, clawed his way to the top of the Mafia hierarchy by starting as a hit man for Al Capone. He was known as one of the best vehicle escape artists, a tenacious business man, and a ruthless killer. He partied with major stars such as Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe and did business with agents ranging from the CIA to the Vatican to the shah of Iran. When politician Joe Kennedy gave Giancana the chance to use mob muscle to get his son John elected, Giancana jumped at the task. But the Kennedy brothers double-crossed him, waging full-out war on organized crime throughout the United States. And Giancana went after them.  

Written with suspense and conviction, we learn about how the CIA asked Giancana to assassinate Fidel Castro. The book includes Giancana's testimony about the truth of his involvement in the deaths of Monroe and others. Chuck Giancana, Sam's brother, contributes a unique perspective of the mob's relationship with the Bay of Pigs and many other pivotal events of the '60s and beyond. Double Cross is an eye-opening account of the interworking of the government and the mob and how this relationship has impacted American history.

©1992 Sam Giancana, Chuck Giancana, and Bettina Giancana; Foreword copyright 2014 by Bettina Giancana and Sam Giancana (P)2019 Tantor

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Loved it

Absolutely loved this book. I listened in the van on a long drive and was thinking about it every time I wasn’t in the van. Great listen. Highly recommended

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Trusted facts ?

I suspect the majority of this is fiction. It certainly makes for a good story, but I hardly believe a word of it.

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Good listen if you're really into you're mafia

I enjoyed it and soem good details regarding the life from castri to jfk and all other sorts

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Interesting but tough going

Very detailed story but has a tendency to jump about a bit which makes it difficult to follow

Tough going to listen to as the mob people, and especially Sam, show themselves as the worst of humanity who will exploit anyone for their own gain

This really shows that good people should do everything they can to stop people like this

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Fantastic

I absolutely loved this from start to finish brilliant. A real eye opener to life in the mob

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Intersting insight

This account gives an interesting insight into what made Mafia Boss Sam Giancana into the monstrous man he became. I believe his father's appalling cruelty to him in boyhood along with the terrible poverty in which they lived were to blame. But that's no excuse for his behaviour. Marilyn and JFK were among his greatest hits. The book is well written and narrated.

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Excellent

A great book, factually told by someone who was there and saw the rise, and fall of a mafia boss!
Those who live by the sword, die by it too!

I’ve always thought that the only difference between the mob and the government, is one gangster is voted in, the other rises to power with ruthlessness.... both are equally crooked! But the government gangsters are far more ruthless!

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wow

The story is a must for anyone who believes the world is corrupt and full of gangsters.

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  • 30-05-20

Kennedy Assassination Solved

Anyone who still believes in the findings of the Warren Commission must read/listen to this! Anyone who still believes that government works for the American people must read/listen to this! While the performance is outstanding, the story, though very disturbing, is one that is all too real and relevant in today’s society!

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  • Randall Mayer
  • 13-03-19

Must read answers a lot of questions

It drags a little in the middle and is not a thriller but worth the listen. Reveals and explains a lot of how things work. Especially assasinations and government corruption.

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  • A. Leon
  • 04-08-19

amazing!!! a must read!!!!

loved it! i have been watching making of the mob and read red mist and blonde (about marilyn and jfk) and this book was such a treat!!! must buy!!!

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  • Chad
  • 23-07-19

Gripping inside look

This book was a gripping inside look into periods and events in history that our history books in school never talk about!

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  • jack
  • 06-03-19

Boss of Bosses

The best mobster book! Why a movie hasn't been made of his extraordinary life is what I asked myself after reading just so amazing

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  • Peakbagger
  • 28-12-20

The Mafia Connection to the Death of JFK

I was drawn to this book because I have heard mention of Double Cross from other sources. The paperback "Primary Target: JFK" by Pamela J. Ray & James E. Files constantly mentions Sam Giancana. James Files, a hitman for Sam Giancana and the CIA, claims to be one of two assassins who killed President Kennedy on orders from Sam Giancana with the CIA. Files says that he & Chuck Nicoletti were the two JFK shooters. Johnny Roselli was supposed to be the second shooter but backed out; so Files a backup shooter took that position.
In this book, Chuck Giancana says that his brother Sam had Chuck Nicoletti and some others kill JFK. He doesn't mention Files, probably because Files is still alive, and the rest are dead.
Chuck Giancana says the JFK shooters received $50,000.00 each for killing Kennedy. James Files in the "Primary Target: JFK" book says that Johnny Roselli paid him $30,000.00 for the JFK hit. Someone must have skimmed.
I was looking for information to corroborate File's connection to Sam Giancana. I think it is probably there though not mentioned.
This is a real inside story that helped me understand how people are influenced and controlled by forces that the public does not see. I consider this book a kiss-and-tell-story.
I was also surprised that voter fraud was rampant in the Chicago area and that Sam Giancana could guarantee that certain people would be elected even to the office of President of the USA.
The long arm of Sam Giancana reached across city, state, and federal governments up to the office of President of the United States. His foreign reach was incredible.
I also found it interesting that he had a meeting with the Pope. I wonder if he was looking for a guarantee of Heaven or sainthood or whether it was Mob business and money?
Due to the many people he had murdered, tortured, defamed, stolen from, cheated, adulterated and many other heinous crimes, he was one of history's most vile, vulgar, and violent men. They were land pirates that preyed upon the innocent, the weak, the poor, and stole millions and destroyed people's lives with drugs, alcohol, prostitution, loan sharking, forced adultery, etc.
The thing that comes to my mind is the Scripture verse (Proverbs 6:16-19 )that reads: "There are six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speak lies, And one who sows discord among the brethren."

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  • E
  • 04-08-20

Pronounce names correct. Unlistenable.

How can someone read the book and pronounce names incorrect at all times. It’s unlistenable. Terrible

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  • Skip Drake
  • 07-03-19

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Everything in the book is probable and I'm sure a lot is true. For that matter it could all be true but without corroboration it's hear say. It does fit into the myths and conjecture about that time in US history. Sam Giancanna was an iconic and consequential character of that era. Well worth reading.

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  • Mr.K
  • 20-03-19

Narrator is awful. Constantly lowers his voice to a almost whisper making it extremely hard to hear unless very loud.

Narrator is awful. Constantly lowers his voice to a almost whisper making it extremely hard to hear unless very loud. His narration ruins otherwise a superb book. I read this book about 30 years ago.

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  • NEWFYGIRL
  • 26-06-21

LOVED THIS LISTEN!

So many questions answered and unknown history from years past revealed. Will definitely listen again.