Mob Boss

Mob Boss

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

Book - 2015
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After he escaped an assassination attempt, Alfonso "Little Al" D'Arco, the top boss of the Luchese crime family, became the highest-ranking mobster to turn government witness, which resulted in the imprisonment of more than 50 mobsters, in this riveting biography that examines the Mafia in New York City. Reprint.

McMillan Palgrave

"Little Al D'Arco was the quintessential wiseguy-and the mob's worst nightmare...A compelling book about the rise and decline of the American Mafia."-Nicholas Pileggi, author of Wiseguy and Casino

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 testimony sent more than fifty Mafiosos to prison-and prompted many others to do the same, including John Gotti's top aide, Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano-and altered the course of New York's mob scene forever.

"Fascinating." -The Village Voice

In Mob Boss, two award-winning news reporters offer an 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 a century's worth of mob secrets-many of which are published in this riveting account for the very first time.

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After he escaped an assassination attempt, Alfonso "Little Al" D'Arco, the acting boss of the Luchese crime family, became the highest-ranking mobster to turn government witness, which resulted in the imprisonment of more than fifty mobsters.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, c2015
ISBN: 9781250060785
Branch Call Number: PB 364.1092 CAP
Characteristics: xiv, 482 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. ;,18 cm.
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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