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The Quiet Don: The Untold Story of Mafia Kingpin Russell Bufalino

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To what extent was Rosario "Russell" Bufalino involved in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa in 1975? In the CIA's recruitment of gangsters to assassinate Fidel Castro? In organizing the historic meeting of crime chieftains in 1957? Even in the production of The Godfather movie?

Secretive—even reclusive—Russell Bufalino quietly built his organized crime empire in the decades between Prohibition and the Carter presidency. His reach extended far beyond the coal country of Scranton, ...

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The Quiet Don: The Untold Story of Mafia Kingpin Russell Bufalino

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Overview

To what extent was Rosario "Russell" Bufalino involved in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa in 1975? In the CIA's recruitment of gangsters to assassinate Fidel Castro? In organizing the historic meeting of crime chieftains in 1957? Even in the production of The Godfather movie?

Secretive—even reclusive—Russell Bufalino quietly built his organized crime empire in the decades between Prohibition and the Carter presidency. His reach extended far beyond the coal country of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and quaint Amish farms near Lancaster. Bufalino had a hand in global, national, and local politics of the largest American cities, many of its major industries, and controlled the powerful Teamsters Union. His influence also reached the highest levels of Pennsylvania government and halls of Congress, and his legacy left a culture of corruption that continues to this day.

A uniquely American saga that spans six decades, The Quiet Don follows Russell Bufalino's remarkably quiet ascent from Sicilian immigrant to mob soldier to a man described by a United States Senate subcommittee in 1964 as "one of the most ruthless and powerful leaders of the Mafia in the United States."

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"The Quiet Don is a triumph. Matt Birkbeck provides a stunning work of investigative journalism that is memorable and alive and unveils the incredible life and legacy of one of the mobs most important powerbrokers."—Nicholas Pileggi, author of Wiseguy and the screenplays for Goodfellas and Casino

“This fast-paced, captivating probe into the life of Russell Bufalino fills a major gap in the annals of organized crime and shows us why his story continues to matter so much today. This is sophisticated investigative reporting, told with a novelist’s storytelling flare.” —Paul Moses, professor of journalism at Brooklyn College and author of The Saint and the Sultan

The Quiet Don is a must-read, an important addition to the history of organized crime.” —G. Robert Blakey, a former Notre Dame law professor, a draftsmen of the RICO Act, chief counsel to the House Select Committee on Assassinations, and a prosecutor in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the Department of Justice under Robert F. Kennedy.

“The fascinating tale of Russell Buffalino, a brainy mobster who was in a Mafia league of his own.” —Tom Robbins, professor at the CUNY school of journalism and former investigative reporter at the New York Daily News and Village Voice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452649481
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2014
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Matt Birkbeck is an award-winning journalist and the author of A Beautiful Child and A Deadly Secret: The Strange Disappearance of Kathie Durst.

Michael Prichard is a professional narrator and stage and film actor who has played several thousand characters during his career. An Audie Award winner, he has recorded well over five hundred books and has earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards. Michael was also named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    Great read. Page turner.

    Great read. Page turner.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    This book goes so much farther than NORTHEAST PA'S Crime boss Ru

    This book goes so much farther than NORTHEAST PA'S Crime boss Russell Buffalino.This shows he was bigger than some of the Mafia names everyone knows he kept a low profile ,But his reach stretched from CUBA TO NEW york TO CHICAGO,and also put many of the politicians we look up to in pa in offfice,some of which now are in jail, 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Horribly written

    I read A LOT and never write reviews. This book was so horrible I felt compelled to change that. Very, very disappointing read. Not only is it poorly written, poorly organized and repetitive, the vast majority of the book IS NOT about Russell Bufalino, but about other characters (specifically Louis DeNaples & Billy D'Elia). If anything the title should have one of their names in it. No revelations here. Save yourself some painful reading and buy one of the many other, better written books on the subject.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    FOUND DISCREPANCIESK IN BOOK

    DRAGGY NEEDED TO INVESTIGATE FACT BEFORE PUTTING IN PRINT. DID NOT HOLD MY INTEREST

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Highly recommended

    I grew up in the Scranton area, mostly Dunmore to be exact. I know many of the mentioned characters in the book and recognize many of the situations described.For me it is like a walk back through time. What wasn't directly related to me, I had knowledge of and so the book was well researched. I did not think the book was particularly well written and the facts sometimes begged verification. For example, I met Russell Bufalino Jr and was friendly with his college roommate at Temple, but I never heard him referred to as anything other than Russell Bufalino's son. I could be wrong. Over all I enjoyed the book very much.

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    not a "must read" but very informative

    Living in Northeast PA, my husband and I saw many familiar names listed in the book. Some names were expected, while others were a complete surprise. The book was well-researched and informative.

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