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Goombata: The Improbable Rise and Fall of John Gotti and His Gang

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Prize-winning journalists Cummings and Volkman provide a shocking account of John Gotti's meteoric rise from Brooklyn "bone-breaker" to Mafia don in this riveting exploration of the bloody machinery of La Cosa Nostra operating on the dark side of the American dream. Includes an updated chapter with complete coverage of late-breaking developments.

Prize-winning journalists Cummings and Volkman provide a shocking account of John Gotti's meteoric rise from Brooklyn ...

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Overview

Prize-winning journalists Cummings and Volkman provide a shocking account of John Gotti's meteoric rise from Brooklyn "bone-breaker" to Mafia don in this riveting exploration of the bloody machinery of La Cosa Nostra operating on the dark side of the American dream. Includes an updated chapter with complete coverage of late-breaking developments.

Prize-winning journalists Cummings and Volkman provide a shocking account of John Gotti's meteoric rise from Brooklyn "bone-breaker" to Mafia don in this riveting exploration of the bloody machinery of La Cosa Nostra operating on the dark side of the American dream. Includes an updated chapter with complete coverage of late-breaking developments.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This brisk, no-holds-barred biography of Mafia boss John Gotti often makes The Godfather look tame. Gotti, recently acquitted of ordering the murder of a union official, is portrayed as a violent thug who worked his way up the mob's ranks, gaining expertise in contract murder, airport theft, hijacking, heroin trafficking, illegal gambling and extortion. In tracing Gotti's ``perverse American success story''--his climb from young bookmaker stalking East Harlem in all-purple outfits to Gambino family boss--Cummings and Volkman (coauthors of The Heist ) also perform a biopsy of a social cancer, the modern Mafia. This is must reading for anyone who wants to understand La Cosa Nostra. Photos. Author tour. (Apr.)
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Gotti, the media's current Mafia superstar, is known as ``the dapper don'' for his expensive clothes and his flamboyant high profile. The authors, who last wrote The Heist (LJ 9/15/86), chronicle the ascent of Gotti and his buddies ( goombata ) from street hoodlums to leadership of New York City's Gambino crime family. This a fast-paced, readable story filled with the usual crimes, murders, vicious thuggery, and perversely comic incidents typical of organized crime. Gotti, who just was acquitted of his latest round of criminal charges, was also profiled in Mob Star by Gene Mustain and Jerry Capeci (Watts, 1988). Both books tell a similar tale, and those libraries without Mob Star may wish to add Goombata .-- Gregor A. Preston, Univ. of California Lib., Davis
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380714872
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Series: An Avon Book
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.29 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 1999

    JOHN GOTTI KEEP YOUR HEAD UP !

    I THINK THIS BOOK IS VERY GOOD AND UNDERSTANDIN. I REALLY RECOMMEND IT TO THE PEOPLE WHO REALLY LIKE TO READ ABOUT THE MAFIA. I THINK THERE SHOULD BE ANOTHER BOOK ABOUT JOHN GOTTI AND HOW HE IS DOING IN PRISON AND WHAT HIS LIFE IS LIKE IN THERE AND WHAT HIS FAMILY IS NOW DOING. I ALSO THINK THAT IT IS NOT FAIR FOR A PERSON TO BE TAKEN AWAY FROM THERE FAMILY FOR LIFE , IT'S NOT FAIR, BUT HEY THAT'S LIFE.

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