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Umberto "Albert" Anastasia was born in Italy at the turn of the century. Five decades later, he would be gunned down in a barber shop in New York City. What happened in the years in between - and why every crime family had reason to want him dead - is one of the most brutal and fascinating stories in the history of American organized crime. 

This in-depth account of the man who became one of the most powerful and homicidal crime bosses of the 20th century from Mafia insider Frank Dimatteo is the first full-length book to chronicle Anastasia's bloody rise from immigrant to founder of the notorious killer's club Murder, Inc.

They called him "The One Man Army." "Mad Hatter." "Lord High Executioner." But Albert Anastasia was a man who defied description. He was Albert the gentleman thief: a polished stick-up artist who would apologize to his victims - and kiss their ladies' hands - as he robbed them at gunpoint. He was Albert the killer: whose merciless assassination of Mafia godfather Vincent Mangano is recounted here in chilling firsthand detail. He was Albert the record breaker: the first man in the history of American justice to be charged with four separate murders - and walk free after each one. 

But in the end, he was last obstacle in rival Mafia hoodlum Vito Genovese's dream of becoming the boss of bosses - and paid the ultimate price.

©2020 Frank Dimatteo and Michael Benson (P)2020 Tantor

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Brilliant book great story told really well. Best mafia book so far. I’m going to now read the Carmine the snake book by the same authors

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  • Christina Fox
  • 03-06-20

Great book

it was a great book, if you love anything about the American mafia it's a must read

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  • Jeffery D. Giuliani
  • 26-10-20

If you love the mafia genre, it is a must listen

I have read or listened to more mafia genre books then I can even remember. This one was right up there. A lot of information even I had not heard of before. Of course if you listen to enough of this type of book, the bulk of it is the same as most of the others out there. So it was nice to hear about someone I knew little about for a change. While you don't have to be a master narrator for this style book, Eric Martin did a great job and is one of the better ones in this genre.

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