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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]

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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.
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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

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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

In the 16th title in the Adrenaline series (Adrenaline 2001: The Year's Best Stories of Adventure and Survival; etc.), series editor Willis presents a baker's dozen of bits of fiction and nonfiction, confessions and wiretapped confabs that are the best of the genre from authors Puzo, Pileggi, Maas and others. The families involved Gambino, Bonanno, et al. are no less renowned. Two parts nostalgia and one part investigative intrigue, the book serves up platefuls of stick-to-the-ribs tales of gangland murders, wise guys, heists and stool pigeons, delving fully into the structures and workings of the American Mafia. Standouts include an excerpt from Joseph D. Pistone's book about his shadowy life deep under cover as Donnie Brasco; instructions on administering a hit from the 1973 autobiography Killer, by "Joey," written with David Fisher; and a selection from Pileggi's Casino. Willis, in his introduction, describes his fascination with the criminal lifestyle, but refuses to glorify it; he confesses that he both fears and pities mobsters. Indeed, this pity for today's waning Mafia is echoed in what "Joey" says about hit men in 1973: "[E]xcept in New York there hasn't been much work lately, so I guess you could call us a dying breed." The familiarity in much Mafiana doesn't seem to deter fans (whether readers or viewers, e.g., of The Sopranos), and the engrossing fiction and true crime tales collected here will whet many readers' appetite. Photos. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The world of the Mafia and organized crime continues to intrigue many of us much as poisonous snakes do. For those so inclined, this anthology, a kind of Goodfellas sampler, is essential reading. Both nonfiction and fiction works by such heavy-hitting chroniclers of mob life as Mario Puzo (The Godfather), Peter Maas (Underboss), and Joseph D. Pistone (Donnie Brasco) seldom disappoint. This anthology is especially effective in presenting diverse perspectives on organized crime: those of an undercover cop, an aging don, the children of notorious mobsters, a hit man who sees himself as just another working stiff, a lawyer who is "house counsel" to the mob, and a nave businessman who finds himself an unwilling front for Mafia interests. While the consensus of the authors presented here is that the world of the Mafia is on the wane, all of these pieces make for spellbinding reading and, taken together, present a far-ranging and intimate view of life on the wrong side of the law. Recommended for all public libraries. Jim Burns, Ottumwa PL, IA (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