Street Justice [NOOK Book]

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From the streets of Brooklyn to the set of Oz. From Hells Angel to celebrity bodyguard. The revealing autobiography of an American man.

Chuck Zito comes by his reputation honestly as one of the toughest, most uncompromising men ever to sit astride a Harley. Now, with tales both hilarious and chilling, violent and truthful, Zito tells his life story in his own words.

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From the streets of Brooklyn to the set of Oz. From Hells Angel to celebrity bodyguard. The revealing autobiography of an American man.

Chuck Zito comes by his reputation honestly as one of the toughest, most uncompromising men ever to sit astride a Harley. Now, with tales both hilarious and chilling, violent and truthful, Zito tells his life story in his own words.

From growing up on the mean streets of Brooklyn and the Bronx, where fighting was a way of life, to becoming president of the New York chapter of the Hells Angels, to the wild and crazy life of protecting some of the world's biggest celebrities, Zito might be seen as a latter-day outlaw, the last of a dying breed of men. But throughout his tempestuous days, one thing defined him: his unfailing sense of justice, of what's really right and what's really wrong. That's how Zito found himself facing his biggest challenge: refusing to cooperate with a federal investigation into his brothers, the Hells Angels, and in the process losing the very thing he cherished most-his freedom.

Zito's astonishing recovery from this experience, and the unique kind of stardom he forged based on hard work and sheer will, is a testament to his courage, his ambition, and his indomitable heart-a testament now recorded unflinchingly in Street Justice.

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Chuck Zito grew up in rough neighborhoods in Brooklyn and the Bronx, fighting his way up as a street tough and a Golden Glove boxer. He became, by turns, a bodyguard (clients included Sylvester Stallone, Mickey Rourke, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, whom he decked) and the president of the New York chapter of the Hell's Angels. He also became an actor. His performances on the award-winning HBO drama Oz helped win him a contract for his own TV series. In this taut and muscular memoir, Zito deals out his own rock-solid street justice.
Publishers Weekly
In a meandering memoir that ranges from his childhood in the Bronx to his days as a nose-busting Hells Angel and bodyguard to the stars, Zito (who uses "Fuggedaboutit!" without a dose of irony) proudly recounts the details of street fights in which he knocks out yet another drunk who "challenges a representative of the most notorious motorcycle club in the land." More interesting than the KOs are Zito's chronicles of fellow Hell's Angels brothers such as John "The Baptist" LoFrancco, Charming Chuck, Terrible Ted and Mike the Bike, and the turf wars, bike runs, clubhouse rituals and cell time they share with Zito (who spent almost six years in prison for conspiracy drug-trafficking, despite his claims of innocence and a drug-free lifestyle). The celebrity clientele of the author's Charlie's Angels Bodyguard Service are a who's who of the 80s: the list includes Mickey Rourke, Liza Minelli and Sly Stallone, all of whom appeared at his trial in his defense. Zito's status as a regular on the HBO series Oz is proof that his street cred has earned him a place in Hollywood-rumor has it he's even got his own upcoming USA Networks series, Chuck Zito's Street Justice-and this humble memoir is equal parts gritty and entertaining. 8-page color photo insert, 44 b&w photos throughout. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A lively, pugnacious, and engaging autobiography from biker, boxer, bodyguard, and actor Zito. Born in 1953, raised in and around New York City, Zito quickly learned to fight aggressively from father Charles, a winning welterweight and sparring partner to Rocky Graziano. Combining boxing and martial arts skills with a quick temper, Chuck developed into an intimidating young man. In his early 20s, he fell in love with motorcycles and founded the New Rochelle Motorcycle Club in suburban New York, where he lived with his (now ex-) wife and their daughter. Aided by perennial coauthor Layden (The Rock Says, not reviewed, etc.), Zito paints a brilliant portrait of club life: its fun, violence, loyalties, and ethics form the backbone of this autobiography. By 1983, Chuck was vice president of the New York City Hells Angels. That association plus his fighting skills got him work as a bouncer at Cafe Central, a popular hangout for celebrities in the early 1980s. He befriended Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, who were biker enthusiasts. Bouncing led to bodyguarding, and Chuck formed enduring friendships with clients Liza Minnelli, Charlie Sheen, and Sean Penn. (He pummeled a former client, Jean-Claude Van Damme, who provoked him in 1998 at a New York night club.) Zito was thriving when the FBI raided the Hells Angels in 1985, alleging that the club manufactured and distributed methamphetamine. In Japan at the time of the bust, he served time in a Tokyo jail and then six years in a variety of federal prisons, even though he was clearly innocent. Fellow Hells Angels members provided support behind bars, but he is blunt about the harshness of prison life. Layden's straightforward prose captures Zito'srespectful but inflexible sense of honor, short fuse, and fast hands. All these qualities led to his affecting role on HBO's prison drama Oz. Respect the man, enjoy his powerful story: got a problem with that? (44 b&w photos throughout; 8 pp. color photos, not seen)
From the Publisher
"Characters who are larger than life don't come around very often. Chuck Zito is that character. He never turns his back on a friend. I love Chuck. His story is an American miracle. This book is a treasure."

-Joan Jett

"Chuck is definitely the kind of guy you want on your team."

- Earvin Magic Johnson, Olympic Gold Medal winner and five-time NBA champion.

"Somehow, being a very dear, close friend of Chuck Zito's has made the world a safer place. He is the real deal . . . America's bad boy."

- Pamela Anderson

"There is never a dull moment with Chuck, but if I get two more signatures, I'll have him committed."

-James Cann

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429982719
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 12/17/2003
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 175,688
  • File size: 13 MB
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Meet the Author


Chuck Zito, bodyguard to the stars, a former Golden Gloves boxer, martial arts expert, past president of the N.Y. Nomads chapter of the Hells Angels, and actor on the award-winning HBO drama Oz, is the star of the upcoming USA Network series Chuck Zito's Street Justice. He lives in New Rochelle, New York.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2007

    Steve's book review

    Street Justice is an autobiography of a man who always stood up for what he believed was right. Chuck Zito overcame many obstacles in his life, and always remained a man of dignity and honor. He was a family man who adored his wife and daughter. Growing up on the mean streets of the Bronx and Brooklyn taught him to fight and protect himself at all times. Respect for people was a major issue for him, and he often fought to protect the ¿little guy.¿ He never turned his back on a friend, and was the kind of guy anyone would want to have on their team. Many people had the wrong impression of the ¿real¿ Chuck Zito. He never smoked, drank or did drugs and hated the image that people assumed when they heard he was a member of the Hell¿s Angels. He spent six years in federal prision even though he was clearly innocent for failing to cooperate with a federal investigation of his brothers, the Hell¿s Angels. Zito¿s life was never dull, as he had many many different experiences. In addition to him being president of the Hell¿s Angels, he went from Street fighter to Golden Gloves contender, tattoo artist, bodyguard to many stars including Charlie Sheen, Pamela Anderson, Mickey Rourke and the great Elizabeth Taylor. He also starred in the HBO drama, ¿Oz¿. His most recent work included frequent guest appearances on ¿the Howard Stern Show¿ and he also hosted his own weekly radio show on WVOX 1460am. This book was fast reading and held my interest from beginning to end. It was, at times violent, frightening and mesmerizing. It showed and proved that by determination, faith, and perseverance, anyone can overcome many challenges that life has to offer. Chuck Zito, in my opinion, is a true modern hero in every sense of the word. I highly recommend reading this autobiography.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2002

    A "real" man

    If your looking for a book about a "real" man and a hero in the face of a corrupt world, Street Justice is it. Sticking up for our personal beliefs no matter what is something we would all like to think we do but when the stakes are really high, most of us back down. Chuck Zito doesn't and he doesn't seem to care for those who do. When I bought this book all I knew about Chuck Zito was that he was a bodyguard, a Hell's Angel, an actor and the good looking, tough guy that once taught Jean Claude Van Damme a lesson in humility. I was surprised to find there was much, much more to Chuck Zito. Street Justice is a mesmerizing read and I could barely put it down except for the times when I literally had to put it down from laughing so hard at the nit-wits that made the mistake of challenging Zito. I found myself as angry as he was as I read about him being sent to prison for no reason and found myself wondering if he couldn't have somehow busted out of prison in Japan - I feel certain he could have taken the guards. Chuck Zito is definitely an original and if character counts, as they say, Chuck Zito is counting pretty high.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2002

    not as easy as as it looks

    i know for a fact everyword is true because im his cousin.the book is great and so is chuck.evrybody precieves him as a bad guy but he really is a family orientated caring lovable guy.and might i add pretty darn good looking, read it enjoy itand know not everybody has it so easy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2002

    Great Work!!!

    I can see where Chuck is coming from, reading his book was an insperation to me I met him at the book signing in San Fancisco, From talking with him I found him to be a REAL person with attitude, "good attitude" the type more of us should have. When i was reading the part when his dad left for another women it hit home. When I left my Xwife there was alot of resentment from my son and did'nt realize why. Realizing this I gone home to give him the biggest hug. Chuck, keep up the good work and attitude. whats right is right, and your rights are the most important thing we have.... can't wait for book 2. PS you made it brother. I bought 3more copies for presents to my friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2002

    A CLASSIC BOOK OF INSPIRATION; ABOUT LIFE, LOVE AND RESPECT!

    As an Italian from the Bronx, I am proud to read such a wonderful depiction of a person who grew up in a place I once knew as a young boy, during a much different time than today. Chuck and his family could have easily been part of ours (they say we're all related, 'ya know!) Reading through the pages, I surely admire Chucks feelings for his parents - his Dad, who's fighting spirit remains an essential part of who Chuck is, and for his Mother, who raised her children sacrificing everything she had. I can certainly understand that love and respect (If I didn't, I'd better never have set foot in the house again!) When I read 'Street Justice', it was easy to recognize the amount of work that went into telling a story we all can relate to. It's about the life and times of a young boy who grew into a man, and became a father himself - someone who grabbed his dream, and an extended family to boot - the Hells Angels! 'Street Justice' is an incredible story, almost 300 pages filled with plenty of lessons in life - from getting clobbered to doing the clobbering, standing up for your beliefs and not backing down. And, never-ever disrespecting the people who are good to you - at any cost! Take note. There's no doubt, Chuck Zito and author Joe Layden had articulated a masterpiece! Gentlemen, my best wishes for the success of this book, and each of your continued careers. Salute!

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