The Underboss: The Rise and Fall of a Mafia Family [NOOK Book]

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On February 26, 1986, Mafia underboss Gennaro Angiulo was convicted of racketeering and sentenced to forty-five years in prison. In The Underboss, bestselling authors Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill tell the story of the fall of the house of Angiulo. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, aided in part by the Irish Mob's Whitey Bulger, entered the Boston Mafia's headquarters in Boston's North End early one morning in 1981 and began to compile the evidence that would lead to the entire upper tier of one of the most ...
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Overview


On February 26, 1986, Mafia underboss Gennaro Angiulo was convicted of racketeering and sentenced to forty-five years in prison. In The Underboss, bestselling authors Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill tell the story of the fall of the house of Angiulo. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, aided in part by the Irish Mob's Whitey Bulger, entered the Boston Mafia's headquarters in Boston's North End early one morning in 1981 and began to compile the evidence that would lead to the entire upper tier of one of the most profitable and ruthless criminal enterprises in America.

Originally published in hardback by St. Martin's in 1989, The Underboss became a national bestseller. Information uncovered during the course of Lehr and O'Neill's Black Mass investigations adds new dimensions to the story and the authors include this new material-including Whitey Bulger's cagey manipulation of the FBI-in The Underboss's revised text and in a new preface and afterword.

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Editorial Reviews

David Nyhan
Fans of George Higgins' novels will feel right at home here.... This is how the Mob operates.... The full, grimy story.
The Boston Globe
Chicago Tribune
An engrossing story of the good guys winning big, told with insight and chilling effect.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Nobody could follow these hair-raising maneuvers better, or write about them more authoritatively.... A riveting book.
Library Journal
This fast-paced, engrossing, and ultimately satisfying story shows how the FBI bridged the mythic moat surrounding Angiulo.... Gripping.
Worcester Telegram
An eminently readable capsule history of organized crime in Boston and ... an absorbing, true tale of cops and criminals.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The undoing of a Mafia underboss related with underdone flair or tension, this picks up momentum halfway through with the re-creation of the FBI's bugging surveillance, Operation Bostar, conducted in 1981 in Boston's ethnic North End, where Gennaro J. Angiulo's bookmaking operation was headquartered. Case agent was Edward Quinn, romanticized by the authors, reporters at the Boston Globe , to heroism. Still, the tale is not without a measure of real valor, especially given the ennui endured by the agents monitoring 850 hours of often boring, frequently garbled tape recordingstedium that caused them all to gain weight from gobbling donuts. An interesting aspect of the case proves to be the successful prosecution of Angiulo under the challenged federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Actby which he was ultimately convicted. And when he has served his 45-year term, there is a mandatory life sentence awaiting him for his conviction for accessory to murder. Photos. ( Feb.)
Library Journal
Ruthlessly and brutally, Jerry Angiulo reigned as underboss of Boston's Mafia; he molded it into one of the most lucrative mob enterprises in the country. An ``evil genius,'' Anguilo's fatal error was to believe the popular wisdom that he was too crafty and too well insulated in his impregnable North Boston enclave to ever be apprehended. This fast-paced, engrossing, and ultimately satisfying story shows how the FBI bridged the mythic moat surrounding Angiulo. On the fourth attempt, marked by a quasi-military campaign, the FBI secretly broke into mob headquarters and planted bugs which led to Angiulo's life imprisonment; he was literally condenmed by his own words. A popular, gripping look at the FBI operation, which monitored Angiulo's criminal pursuits.-- Jerry Maioli, Western Lib. Network, Olympia, Wash.
Booknews
Longtime investigative reporters for the describe how in the 1980s a group of FBI agents brought down Gennaro J. "Jerry" Angiulo and his four brothers, who had run the Mafia in Boston for decades. Their coup was placing a bug at the main office. The 1989 edition was cloth bound. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786725502
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 8/6/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 184,924
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Dick Lehr

Gerard O'Neill recently retired as the editor of The Boston Globe's Spotlight Team, one of the nation's top investigative reporting units. He has won a Pulitzer Prize, been a Pulitzer finalist, won the Hancock Award, the Loeb Award, and many others. Dick Lehr joined The Boston Globe in 1985. Lehr has been a Pulitzer finalist, and has won a number of national and regional journalism awards. In 1991, he was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. O'Neill and Lehr are also the authors of Black Mass: The Irish Mob, The FBI, and a Devil's Deal, winner of the 2001 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime. Both men live in the Boston area with their families.
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Table of Contents

Introduction IX
1 Cold Pork Chops 1
2 The Mob in Boston 13
3 The Rise of Gennaro Angiulo 33
4 Catch Up 61
5 The Wave 89
6 Failure 113
7 Break-In 129
8 Inside 98 Prince Street 147
9 An Attempted Murder 169
10 The Noose Tightens 193
11 Mafia Murder 211
12 The Fall of Gennaro Anguilo 227
Conclusion 245
Acknowledgments 251
Index 253
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Ok

    Went off course and far back too old for me i was looking for the more younger mafia raymond patriarca jr

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2002

    Great look at Jerry Anguilo's Boston Mob

    I was pleased to get hold of this book, because my knowledge on the Boston/Providence was minnimal to say the least, I had heard of Raymond Patriaca who was the top man in the Providence area, but i did not know too much about Jerry Anguilo or his brothers, who ran the Boston branch of the family. Anguilo was a strange choice as Godfather of the Boston family, he had never made his bones by murdering anyone, and seemed better known for his ability as a moneymaker doing errands for Patriaca and his own predecesors than gaining genuine respect on the streets from other wiseguys, in fact it seems that indeed he was not the popular choice to be Patriacas rep in Boston. Here was a man who made millions over his criminal life yet ran his outfit like his personnel office, cheap and shabby, yet had an amazing run of luck against law enforcment over the years, often openly taunting them on the streets, until his luck ran out and the feds bugged his office one dark winters night, and caught him and his outfit discussing all kinds of buisness.The book not only gives good detail of the structure of thr Boston Mob but also the FBI agents that worked round the clock in freezing conditions to get their man at all costs.Thought the book was worthy of at least 4 stars mainly for the hitory of the Boston mob that it provides to the reader,and just for the some of the quotes from Jerry Anguilo lambasting some of his subordinates whilst being recorded, especially where he gives his son a good roasting for cocking something else up, no wonder the guy was never given as much respect as his neighbour over in Providence who i must say was the only dissapoinment about the book, that Patriaca didnt figure more, but that aside a great look at the 1980s world of the Boston Mob.

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