Before Bruno and How He Became Boss: The History of the Philadelphia Mafia, Book 3--1946-1959

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The day that Angelo Bruno died, March 21, 1980, was almost thirty years in the making. His assassin had uttered his intention to kill Bruno in the early 1950s, "for coming up too fast," and for other possible reasons. His was a quick death. He was shot in the back of the head, in a sneak attack worthy of any of the many members of the Philadelphia-South Jersey La Cosa Nostra who had seen Bruno rise from soldier to boss in 1959. Yet, to understand why Bruno was killed, we should ...

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The day that Angelo Bruno died, March 21, 1980, was almost thirty years in the making. His assassin had uttered his intention to kill Bruno in the early 1950s, "for coming up too fast," and for other possible reasons. His was a quick death. He was shot in the back of the head, in a sneak attack worthy of any of the many members of the Philadelphia-South Jersey La Cosa Nostra who had seen Bruno rise from soldier to boss in 1959. Yet, to understand why Bruno was killed, we should review his life in the 1940s and 1950s in this book.

This book offers the reader a glimpse of the complexity of the American Mafia—a very home-grown, generic gangster group of those from mainland Italy with no Mafia heritage, and those who were the real Mafiosi, the traditionalists, as in western Sicily. This was the Family of which Angelo Bruno was a member, and one which he had to acknowledge as his Friends, despite any cultural differences.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    Riveting History

    I just discovered Ms. Morello's books. They were displayed in local section at the big Barnes and Noble near City Hall. What a find! Now I am ordering more copies for my friends. Angelo Bruno is no "Gentle Don." If you, like me, have any interest in mob history, this book is the greatest!

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