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Made Men
     

Made Men

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by Greg B. Smith
 

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For years, the DeCavalcantes, the most powerful Mob family in Jersey, labored in the shadows of the more famous families in New York—the likes of the Gambinos and the Columbos. Dismissed by the big-city capos, the DeCavalcantes finally came into their own when they found their lives mirrored in the television hit, The Sopranos. Overnight it legitimized

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For years, the DeCavalcantes, the most powerful Mob family in Jersey, labored in the shadows of the more famous families in New York—the likes of the Gambinos and the Columbos. Dismissed by the big-city capos, the DeCavalcantes finally came into their own when they found their lives mirrored in the television hit, The Sopranos. Overnight it legitimized the made men of the Garden State. Now they were a familia to be reckoned with. Unfortunately with high profile came high risk. As member turned against member, as trusted friend turned terrified informant, the FBI put the brakes on the DeCavalcante’s explosive ride into infamy, hastening a fall from honor that would become as infamous as their notorious ascension into the annals of organized crime.

Based on more than 1,000 hours of secretly recorded conversations, Made Men delivers for the first time, the unprecedented and completely uncensored behind-the-scenes truth of a historically clandestine world—of violent life and sudden death inside and outside the mob, told by the very men who made it.

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Library Journal
Based on more than 1000 hours of secretly recorded conversations, this book tells the story of New Jersey's DeCavalcante crime family. Originally dismissed by the large New York City crime organizations, the DeCavalcantes sought the opportunity to move up in the crime world when their big-city counterparts began having legal troubles and when The Sopranos, which recounts the life of a fictional Jersey mob family, became such a hit on HBO. Unfortunately for the DeCavalcantes, they had been infiltrated by an FBI informant. Although the show's creator has denied it, much of The Sopranos is said to be based on this real-life crime family, and DeCavalcante members were even caught on federal wiretaps bragging about their similarity to the TV mobsters. But while Daily News mob reporter Smith draws many parallels between the DeCavalcantes and the fictional Sopranos, the book does not quite live up to its potential. Much of the writing seems disjointed and repetitious, and a few superfluous anecdotes scattered throughout seem to have little relevance to the rest of the story. Recommended with reservations for large public libraries where there is a strong interest in organized crime books.-Sarah Jent, Univ. of Louisville Lib., KY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425185513
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/07/2003
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
723,503
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.68(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Greg B. Smith, reporter for New York’s Daily News, covers the federal courts in Brooklyn and Manhattan that serve as Ground Zero in the battle to end mafia influence in America. An investigative reporter for nearly twenty years, Smith has written for The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Examiner, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and other newspapers around the country. He’s also a frequent guest on TV and radio discussing everything from racketeering to the Latin Kings street gang to world terrorist organizations. Mr. Smith lives with his wife and two boys in Brooklyn, New York.

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Made Men 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"But while Daily News mob reporter Smith draws many parallels between the DeCavalcantes and the fictional Sopranos, the book does not quite live up to its potential. Much of the writing seems disjointed and repetitious, and a few superfluous anecdotes scattered throughout seem to have little relevance to the rest of the story. " My original rating was NOT 5 stars, accidently pressed the wrong key---I agree with the author of this original review, the book was rambling, unfocused and repititous, about 1/4 of the way through the book I still couldn't figure out if the book was about Vincent Palermo ( started out that way) or the crime family itself or the informants.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author was not well researched at all and this book is a spectacle. If you're going to write a book like this, make sure you have all of your facts correct. 
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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy mob stories, you'll like this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
as a italian american in syracuse new york, i've grown up on stories on mob guys. some even similar to the ones on movies and t.v. but many people in hollywood and books call their mob stories pure fake, all their invention. david chase said the same thing about his hbo masterpiece the sopranos. but after the second season of the show was over,we were introduced to this book that introduced us to the real life soprano guys that all of us [especially us italians]know and love.to be able to read about certain charectors who were evaluated by the real life guys is a great read.i really liked the paulie walnuts evaluation alot.any how, this is the story of the real life sopranos.this book has already been realesed but i sugest a better title like, the real guys from jersey.now one thing though is that the book ended with these guys arrested, not yet on trial. i suggest a sequel to see the whole story. all i can say now is buy this book and meet the sopranos
Guest More than 1 year ago
Never try to write a book with just recordings...you don't get all the information. It was a good book..but u jumped around to much. The part about the twin towers could have been peaced together a little bit more...but mainly you jumped from guy to guy and story to story