Cover image for Mob : stories of death and betrayal from organized crime
Mob : stories of death and betrayal from organized crime
Willis, Clint.
Publication Information:
New York : Thunder's Mouth Press ; [Emeryville, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2001]

Physical Description:
xvi, 331 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
"An Adrenaline book"--T.p. verso.
From Underboss / Peter Maas -- From Donnie Brasco / Joseph D. Pistone with Richard Woodley -- From Mafia Business / Pino Arlacchi -- The G-man and the Hit man / Fredric Dannen -- From Killer / Joey with David Fisher -- From Legs / William Kennedy -- Gangland Style: The Transcript / Bruce McCall -- From The Godfather / Mario Puzo -- From Casino / Nicholas Pileggi -- From Mafia Cop / Lou Eppolito and Bob Drury -- Defending the Mafia / Fredric Dannen -- From Boss of Bosses / Joseph F. O'Brien and Andris Kurins -- The Don is Done / Jeffrey Goldberg.
Added Author:
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
PS648.C7 M63 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS648.C7 M63 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PS648.C7 M63 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS648.C7 M63 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS648.C7 M63 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

On Order



Adrenaline Books' search for the world's best and most exciting stories has taken readers from the peaks of Everest to the jungles of Papua, New Guinea to the battlefields of World War II. Now, the editor of publishing's most successful adventure literature series takes readers into the heart of organized crime. Some of our culture's greatest literary talent has been drawn to this topic, which taps into our culture's deepest preoccupations -- greed, violence, desire. Mob features work from best-selling writers such as Peter Maas, William Kennedy, Martin Cruz Smith, and Mario Puzo; from acknowledged masters of the genre such as Nicolas Pileggi (Wiseguy, Casino) and Joseph Pistone (Donnie Brasco); and from law enforcement insiders and mobsters such as Sammy Giancana and Joseph O'Brien.

Author Notes

Clint Willis is series editor of Adrenaline Books and Adrenaline Classics. His 13 anthologies also include Epic: Stories of Survival from the World's Highest Peaks; Adrenaline 2001: The Year's Best Stories of Survival and Adventure; and Kennedy: Stories of Life and Death from an American Family. Clint lives with his wife and two sons in Maine

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The popularity of books and movies about the Mafia testifies to our fascination with the culture and violence of Mob life. This latest installment in the Adrenaline Book series offers 15 stories from a variety of writers, including Mario Puzo and Nicholas Pileggi, about a fascinating array of Mob characters, their supporters, and opponents, including mobster Sammy "the Bull" Gravano, Mob lawyer Gerald Shargel, and undercover agent Joseph Pistone. The stories convey the incredible culture of the Mob--what it takes to live with the loyalty and respect commanded by the Mob and, at the same time, be ready to cruelly and casually murder on order. This collection reveals the reverence that members feel for their organization and the vicissitudes of trying to conduct dangerous business. Strict traditions and hierarchies demand constant posturing, duplicity, and shows of respect. The collection also details the painstaking undercover work necessary to penetrate a closed society, learn the language and rituals of Mob culture, and gain the trust of people who put much store in the concepts of honor and respect but practice deadly retribution. --Vanessa Bush

Publisher's Weekly Review

Anyone fascinated by the gritty mobster world fictionalized by The Godfather or The Sopranos will find this audio selection inviting. Most of these selections are excerpts from nonfiction works, making the accounts of people entering the mob business, doing their first "hit" and leading double lives that much more unsettling. Aselford's reading of the wonderful introduction by editor Willis sets the right tone for the coming selections: he admits being equally enthralled and terrified of the mob; he recalls passing up a magazine assignment that would have required him to delve into the financial secrets of some very powerful and connected people. Two of the selections from Peter Mass's Underboss (read by Richard Rohan) and Killer by Joey and David Fisher (read by Gary Telles) are quite riveting. Joey is matter-of-fact about his many successful killings, but insists he's just a regular guy who takes out the garbage and likes to watch Jeopardy. Telles's Brooklyn tough-guy accent is so convincing that listeners will occasionally grimace as they listen to some of the more gruesome details. Rohan's narration of Sammy "The Bull" Gravano's tales of life in the Mafia is equally credible and mesmerizing. Based on the Thunder's Mouth paperback (Forecasts, Nov. 5, 2001). (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Another gripping anthology from the "Adrenaline" series, this collection opens with a real bang (no pun intended) in a true-to-life selection entitled The G-Man and the Hit Man by Fredric Dannen, which purports to be the real-life actions of a hit man. Terence Aselford does an excellent job of conveying the lingo and style of a mobster who considers himself "as just another working stiff." His matter-of-fact descriptions of what is expected in a contract, the details of planning the hit, and the nuances of completing a job set the stage for the rest of these heavy-hitting works. Nonfiction and fiction contributions from the best chroniclers of this genre include Peter Maas (Underboss) and Joseph D. Pistone (Donnie Brasco) and are further enhanced by Bruce McCall's Gangland Style and Pino Arlacchi's Mafia Business. Each narrator's (Aselford, Richard Rohan, and Gary Telles) understated interview style creates an authentic feel that augments the drama. In his introduction, Willis addresses his (and many others') fascination with organized crime without using his selections to lionize its lifestyle. What with the popularity of The Sopranos, it's obvious that a great many people are mesmerized by the underworld. An excellent sampler for this genre; highly recommended for public libraries.-Gloria Maxwell, Penn Valley Community Coll., Kansas City, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Peter MaasJoseph D. Pistone and Richard WoodleyPino ArlacchiFredric DannenJoey and David FisherWilliam KennedyBruce McCallMario PuzoNicholas PileggiLou Eppolito and Bob DruryFredric DannenJoseph F. O'Brien and Andris KruinsJeffrey Goldberg
Photographsp. viii
Introductionp. ix
from Underbossp. 1
from Donnie Brascop. 17
from Mafia Businessp. 49
The G-man and the Hit Manp. 71
from Killerp. 101
from Legsp. 129
Gangland Style: The Transcriptp. 147
from The Godfatherp. 151
from Casinop. 189
from Mafia Copp. 209
Defending the Mafiap. 225
from Boss of Bossesp. 283
The Don is Donep. 305
Acknowledgmentsp. 329
Bibliographyp. 332