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Surviving the Mob: A Street Soldier's Life Inside the Gambino Crime Family
     

Surviving the Mob: A Street Soldier's Life Inside the Gambino Crime Family

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by Dennis N. Griffin, Andrew DiDonato
 

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What do you do when the law wants you behind bars and the New York crime families want you buried?

That was the life-and-death dilemma confronting Andrew DiDonato, who began his criminal career at age 14 under the watchful eyes of the local Mob.

By the time he was 17, the infamous Gambino family made DiDonato an associate of the Nicholas Corozzo crew. For the

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What do you do when the law wants you behind bars and the New York crime families want you buried?

That was the life-and-death dilemma confronting Andrew DiDonato, who began his criminal career at age 14 under the watchful eyes of the local Mob.

By the time he was 17, the infamous Gambino family made DiDonato an associate of the Nicholas Corozzo crew. For the next 14 years, he was a loyal street soldier, immersed in dangerous and profitable criminal activities: burglary, forgery, extortion, loan sharking, car theft, bank robbery, counterfeiting, drug dealing, credit-card and insurance fraud, witness tampering, weapons possession, and attempted murder.

He was also involved in the underworld gambling operations, which took in millions dealing dice and cards, booking sports and horses, and running numbers. Between these pages you’ll find the most in-depth look at Mob gambling ever.

At age 31, DiDonato ran afoul of both the law and his friends, turning him into a hunted man on two fronts. After 17 months on the run, the law caught him first.

Surviving the Mob is a cautionary tale of the harsh reality of a criminal, inmate, fugitive, and witness who—so far—has lived to tell the tale.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935396383
Publisher:
Huntington Press
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
358,490
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

Meet the Author

In 1994, Dennis N. Griffin retired after a 20-year career in investigations and law enforcement in New York and moved to Las Vegas. In 1996 he wrote his first novel, The Morgue, based on an actual case he investigated, and currently has six mystery thrillers in print in addition to four non-fiction titles for Huntington Press: Policing Las Vegas, The Battle for Las Vegas, Cullotta, and Surviving the Mob. He is an active member of the Mystery Writers of America, Las Vegas Valley Writers Group, Henderson Writers Group, and the Police Writers Association and is a consultant and frequent on-screen contributor to documentaries and films about the history of the Mob.

Growing up in Brooklyn, in a house wedged between two Mafia social clubs, Andrew DiDonato was pretty much destined to become a gangster. Barely a teenager when he started stealing car parts, selling marijuana, and shaking down competing dealers, DiDonato spent 15 years rising up through the ranks of the Gambino crime family. But at age 31, he robbed the wrong drug dealer and found himself running from both the cops and—far more dangerously—his former mob “family.” So, for the sake of his actual family and his own life, DiDonato decided to turn snitch and spill the beans on one of the Cosa Nostra’s most notorious organized-crime dynasties.

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Surviving the Mob: A Street Soldier's Life Inside the Gambino Crime Family 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Marcus Hall More than 1 year ago
Good book, easy to read. Andrew DiDonato tells it like it is in organized crime. This is not sugar coated to glamorize the mob. He tells you his story without making heros out of the people he grew up with. They are seen as people with flaws such as greed, envy and murderous tedencies. --Marcus
Isabella1 More than 1 year ago
Surviving the Mob is a straight foward come at you like a frieght train story of the mobster who unlike many before him puts to paper the truth about the everyday workingings of being apart of a mob family ,and most refreshing is that he doesnt try to glorify the life in any way instead i found myself learning the true politics of mob life and how words such as honor loyalty and respect are almost non exsistent in the real world of organized crime and that is a far cry from what we have been spoon fed from film and television accounts ! As i was reading the story i felt as though i was right along him committing his crimes and then fighting for his life ,this story is an inspiration to everyone that no matter your past you can overcome and change for the better, the surviving the mob story is living proof to that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Biography on one man and his mob life. Really good and in depth look at the mob
RyeSnake More than 1 year ago
Overall I thought this was a good read. Kept your interst though there are acouple of rambling spots but overall I could not wait to get back to it to see how things turned out. To me, this is the way a novel should be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WHAT HAPPENED SAMPLE ONLY 2 PAGES???
B-loNY More than 1 year ago
Recommend it
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Wonderful book, everyone should read. Makes you really appreciate our Military.
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Carbone More than 1 year ago
No major twists, no captivating literature, nothing compelled me to read this story day in and day out like "The Ice Man" did. It was an average book.
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