Mob Boss

Mob Boss

The Life of Little Al D'Arco, the Man Who Brought Down the Mafia

Book - 2013
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Reminiscent of Wiseguy , Mob Boss is a compelling biography from two prominent mob experts recounting the life and times of the first acting boss of an American Mafia family to turn government witness

Alfonso "Little Al" D'Arco, the former acting boss of the Luchese crime family, was the highest-ranking mobster to ever turn government witness when he flipped in 1991. His decision to flip prompted many others to make the same choice, including John Gotti's top aide, Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, and his testimony sent more than fifty mobsters to prison.

In Mob Boss, award-winning news reporters Jerry Capeci and Tom Robbins team up for this unparalleled account of D'Arco's life and the New York mob scene that he embraced for four decades.

Until the day he switched sides, D'Arco lived and breathed the old-school gangster lessons he learned growing up in Brooklyn and fine-tuned on the mean streets of Little Italy. But when he learned he was marked to be whacked, D'Arco quit the mob. His defection decimated his crime family and opened a window on mob secrets going back a hundred years.

After speaking with D'Arco, the authors reveal unprecedented insights, exposing shocking secrets and troublesome truths about a city where a famous pizza parlor doubled as a Mafia center for multi-million-dollar heroin deals, where hit men carried out murders dressed as women, and where kidnapping a celebrity newsman's son was deemed appropriate revenge for the father's satirical novel.

Capeci and Robbins spent hundreds of hours in conversation with D'Arco, and exhausted many hours more fleshing out his stories in this riveting narrative that takes readers behind the famous witness testimony for a comprehensive look at the Mafia in New York City.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250006868
Branch Call Number: 364.1092 D'Arco -C
Characteristics: xii, 420 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Robbins, Tom


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Feb 28, 2018

One of the most unfortunate things about America's education system is that if taught correctly a lot of these subjects could be very interesting. History for example is far more bizarre and stranger than anything even Tom Robbins (different one, not the author of this book but the good fiction author of Skinny Legs and All, Another Roadside Attraction, Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates, Jitterbug Perfume, Still Life with Woodpecker, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas and of course who can forget the wisdom of Chink from Even Cowgirls Get the Blues?) could write. However we are taught to memorize boring white dudes and dates and in a watered down Disney version of reality. We euphemistically refer to genocide of 20 million indigenous tribe women and children as Manifest Destiny. We like to play victims in all of our wars, but after reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich I realized just how Hitlerian we truly are. I mean Adolf blew up the Reichstag and blamed it on Russian terrorists which he used to justify a pre-emptive attack on Poland? We were attacked by Saudi "terrorists" according to the almost laughable US narrative that found no evidence at any wreck site save for a paper passport in the rubble of building 1? Anywho then the weaponized media and dare I say this word I hate "Fake News" fully supported Colin Powell's world tour holding court daily with scare tactics of fake intelligence regarding Iraq and yellah cake. Thus we were led into our first war using Pre-emptive strike just like Adolf did to Poland. Also Hitler created the Division of Fatherland Security and we started the Division of Homeland Security. Or how about how no war has been fought sans Opium so when we cut off Germany's supply they created the modern opiods like Methadone that ended up stringing out a whole rural nation on Oxycontin then cheap, hand delivered heroin from the Cartel. I mean this stuff of fascinating, not talked about and no dates have been mentioned yet. I could go on but I won't. This book was more like history taught at Eugene Field Grade School in St. Joseph, Missourah circa 1977. It was made worse by the fact that I did truly believe this was the great fiction author Tom Robbins on the mob, but trust me on this you'll know two pages in it decidely is not Tom Robbins. I'm sure there were great stories of debauchery , evil incarnate, and sorts of other realities that were probably wrapped up in some euphemism while telling the dates of every boring action Little Al did day to day. I'm going to have to wash this book out with something on Truthers or the one Stephen King piece I haven't read yet. After I shower off though because I feel so dirty reading this mediocre American style history.

akasq Oct 22, 2014

Lots of back round information.
Reading like a novel, great story.
"Can make this shit up"

4book1 Feb 05, 2014

The book tended to get overloaded with the many characters Mr D'Arco encountered during his criminal career which made the book less interesting.

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