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Gotti's rules : the story of John Alite, Junior Gotti, and the demise of the American mafia
Anastasia, George, author.
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[Ashland, Oregon] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Harper Audio, [2015]

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8 audio discs (9.5 hours) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
The notorious Gotti family is the stuff of mob legend. The "Dapper Don, " John Gotti Sr., and his son John A. "Junior" Gotti ran New York's powerful Gambino crime family and were well known for their flamboyant style and brutal ways. John Alite, a mob hit man, associate, and close friend of the Gottis, has a very different story to tell. An Albanian-American from Queens, Alite was an unlikely ally to the Italian mob, but with his street smarts he was eventually recruited to be Junior Gotti's muscle. Although he reaped the benefits of working under the powerful mob figure, Alite discovered firsthand that the legendary American Mafia--an organization that claimed to be built on honor and loyalty--was nothing more than a façade for hypocritical, manipulative, and greedy criminals. Following a harrowing sentence in a Brazilian prison, Alite was extradited to the United States in 2006 and agreed to help the feds put the crime family behind bars. In this book, veteran true-crime writer and prize-winning reporter George Anastasia gains unprecedented access to the Gotti family's stories and secrets, demystifying the larger-than-life legend.--From publisher description.
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Blood and Honor and The Last Gangster comes the sure to be headline-making inside story of the Gotti and Gambino families, told from the unique viewpoint of notorious mob hit man John Alite, a close associate of Junior Gotti who later testified against him.In Gotti's Rules, George Anastasia, a prize-winning reporter who spent over thirty years covering crime, offers a shocking and very rare glimpse into the Gotti family, witnessed up close from former family insider John Alite, John Gotti Jr.'s longtime friend and protector. Until now, no one has given up the kind of personal details about the Gottis--including the legendary "Gotti Rules" of leadership--that Anastasia exposes here. Drawing on extensive FBI files and other documentation, his own knowledge, and exclusive interviews with insiders and experts, including mob-enforcer-turned-government-witness Alite, Anastasia pokes holes in the Gotti legend, demystifying this notorious family and its lucrative and often deadly machinations.Anastasia offers never-before-heard information about the murders, drug dealing, and extortion that propelled John J. Gotti to the top of the Gambino crime family and the treachery and deceit that allowed John A. "Junior" Gotti to follow in his father's footsteps. Told from street level and through the eyes of a wiseguy who saw it all firsthand, the result is a riveting look at a family whose hubris, violence, passion, and greed fueled a bloody rise and devastating fall that is still reverberating through the American underworld today.

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Booklist Review

Anastasia, a veteran crime reporter and acknowledged expert on the American Mafia, takes us deep inside the infamous Gotti family. The book is based on the testimony of John Alite, one of John Gotti Jr.'s right-hand men for many years. Where he can, Anastasia confirms Alite's story through secondary sources (the FBI, interviews with other people in the know), but for much of the information here, especially concerning Gotti's methods of doing business and his so-called rules of leadership, we essentially have to take Alite's word for it. That's not a criticism of the book; it's just something readers should be aware of as they take this compelling, occasionally frightening, often surprising journey into the world of organized crime. As always, Anastasia writes with crisp, clean prose and shies away from stereotyping his subjects, preferring to present them as ordinary people who happen to be living extraordinary lives. For anyone fascinated by organized crime, this is a must-read.--Pitt, David Copyright 2015 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Few readers of true crime who are familiar with La Cosa Nostra will find anything particularly new in the latest from Anastasia (Blood and Honor: Inside the Scarfo Mob, the Mafia's Most Violent Family). The book is a straightforward and unsurprising account of the Gambino crime family since the mid-1980s, from the perspective of killer-turned-FBI cooperator John Alite. Anastasia accepts Alite's account at face value, resulting in a simplistic rehashing of events. Anastasia even admits he made no effort to talk to "anyone in the Gotti camp," which he justifies by stating, implausibly, that doing so would only lead to a meaningless "he said, they said" narrative. This overreliance on Alite dictates the book's focus on Junior Gotti, rather than his father John, the Teflon Don; this is a drawback, as the story of the younger mobster is significantly less interesting and Alite's flat perspective hardly compensates. B&w photos. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

John Alite-admitted criminal, Mafioso, and friend-turned-enemy of John A. "Junior" Gotti-tells his side of Junior's story with the help of crime writer Anastasia (The Last Gangster). Junior, who took the helm of the Gambino crime family after his father (John Gotti, aka the Dapper Don, aka the Teflon Don) was convicted and sent to prison, was not a competent leader, according to Alite. Gotti has responded by writing and self-publishing his own book (Shadow of My Father) and releasing it just ahead of this title, with the he-said, he-said controversy currently playing out in New York newspaper headlines. This account tells how Alite first met Junior as a young man and quickly became enmeshed in criminal activities with him. It is framed by Gotti Senior's "rules," such as, "drug dealing is prohibited and punishable by death": Alite shares stories of the Gottis breaking every rule. He also describes Junior as being more into the celebrity and power that came with being a Mafioso than honoring and following the old-school traditions. This is the story of Alite-his crimes, flight from authorities, capture, prison experiences, extradition, and finally his testimony against Junior, whose trial ended with a hung jury. VERDICT Given the Gotti family's high profile and continued interest, this should appeal to true crime and mafia aficionados.-Karen Sandlin Silverman, Scarborough H.S. Lib., ME (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.