Mafia Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the Gambino Crime Family

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The Gambinos--they arrived in America from Sicily when the '20's roared with bootleg liquor. For thirty years they fought a bloody battle for control of New York's underworld to emerge as the nation's richest and most powerful crime family. Now Mafia expert John H. Davis tells their compelling inside story.

Here are the chilling details and deceptions that created a vast criminal empire. Here are six decades of the uncontrolled greed and lust for power of such men as Lucky ...

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Overview

The Gambinos--they arrived in America from Sicily when the '20's roared with bootleg liquor. For thirty years they fought a bloody battle for control of New York's underworld to emerge as the nation's richest and most powerful crime family. Now Mafia expert John H. Davis tells their compelling inside story.

Here are the chilling details and deceptions that created a vast criminal empire. Here are six decades of the uncontrolled greed and lust for power of such men as Lucky Luciano, Frank Costello, Meyer Lansky, Vito Genovese, Albert Anastasia, Carlo Gambino, Paul Castellano, and John Gotti--men for whom murder and betrayal were business as usual. From the Gambinos' powerful stranglehold on New York's construction, garment, and waterfront industries to the government's onslaught against them in the '80s and '90s, Mafia Dynasty takes you into the mysterious world of blood oaths, shifting alliances, and deadly feuds that will hold you riveted from the first page to the last.

Mafia expert and bestselling author of The Kennedy Contract traces the Gambino family from its arrival to the U.S. in the '20s to the downfall of mob boss John Gotti in 1992. A violent saga of bloodshed and betrayal. Photos. Film rights have been optioned by Lester Persky Productions.

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Editorial Reviews

Thomas Gaughan
For a secret society, there sure are lots of inside stories of La Cosa Nostra. This one, among the best in recent years, is a sweeping account of the growth of the five New York crime families, with a focus on the sprawling empire of Carlo Gambino. Save Al Capone, all the best-known leaders of organized crime--Lucky Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Albert Anastasia, Vito Genovese, Frank Costello, and John Gotti--are featured players here. The first half of the book is a lucid, well-crafted account of the evolution of the five families during roughly 50 years, beginning in the 1920s. But Davis bogs down badly with the 1980s, relying on transcriptions of remarkably stupid conversations bugged by the FBI and seemingly interminable accounts of Gotti's courtroom theatrics. It's hard to escape the conclusion that the author's attempt to include Gotti's 1992 conviction robbed him and his editor of the opportunity to polish the text. Still, lots of readers will want to read this one.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061091841
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 143,352
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: New York, 1992: The United States v. John Gotti 1
Pt. I Roots 13
Pt. II The Volcano 27
Pt. III Out of Chaos (1931-1957) 47
Pt. IV Building an Empire of Crime: The Rule of Don Carlo (1957-1976) 75
Pt. V Arrogance, Betrayal, and Murder: The Rule of the Pope (1976-1985) 153
Pt. VI Drawing Fire: The Rule of John Gotti (1986-1992) 243
Pt. VII The Showdown: New York, 1992: The United States v. John Gotti 355
Epilogue 415
Notes on Sources 427
Acknowledgments 433
Index 437
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2001

    A 'must read'

    I have read this book seven times. I bought four different copies. Made all my friends read it, and they love it as well. John H. Davis goes into detail without loosing the interest of the reader. Even for those who never read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2000

    Crime does pay

    This is an amazing book telling the expert to the beginner every single detail of the italian mafia in america. A must buy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007

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    A great read for anyone interested in the Gambino crime family or the mafia for that matter. Quite possibly the best mafia book I have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2004

    good read

    This is a very informative and easily read book. Even if you are not very interested in organized crime you will still probably like this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2001

    Good book with misleading title

    This book is accurate and interesting. It shows a brief history of the roots of the American Mafia, or Cosa Nostra, and then talks extensively about John Gotti. The book would be better titled John Gotti and the Gambino Family. It would be interesting to find a book that would get deep into the earlier days of the Castellamarese War and Albert Anastasia's days as boss. But this is still a good book for hardcore Mafia readers like myself. Many myths are destroyed here, such as those shown in the movies The Godfather and Gotti.

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