The Last Gangster

The Last Gangster

by George Anastasia
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The Last Gangster by George Anastasia

"It's over. You'd have to be Ray Charles not to see it." —former New Jersey capo Ron Previte, on the mob today As a cop, Ron Previte was corrupt. As a mobster he was brutal. And in his final role, as a confidential informant to the FBI, Previte was deadly. The Last Gangster is his story—the story of the last days of the Philadelphia Mob, and of the clash of generations that brought it down once and for all. For 35 years Ron Previte roamed the underworld. A six–foot, 300–pound capo in the Philadelphia–South Jersey crime family, he ran every mob scam and gambit from drug trafficking and prostitution to the extortion of millions from Atlantic City. In his own words, "Every day was a different felony." By the 1990s, Previte, an old–school workhorse, found himself answering to younger mob bosses like "Skinny Joe" Merlino, who seemed increasingly spoiled, cocky, and careless. Convinced that the honor of the "business" was gone, he became the FBI's secret weapon in an intense and highly personalized war on the Philadelphia mob. Operating with the same guile, wit, and stone–cold bravado that had made him a force in the underworld—and armed with only a wiretap secured to his crotch—Previte recorded it all; the murder, the mayhem, and even the story of mob boss Ralph Natale's affair with his youngest daughter's best friend. Previte and his FBI cronies eventually prevailed, securing the convictions of his nemeses, "Skinny Joey" Merlino and Ralph Natale.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062124005
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/18/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 42,891
File size: 29 MB
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About the Author

George Anastasia, who spent more than thirty years reporting on crime for the Philadelphia Inquirer, is the grandson of Sicilian immigrants who settled in South Philadelphia. He is the author of six books of nonfiction, including Blood and Honor: Inside the Scarfo Mob—the Mafia’s Most Violent Family (which Jimmy Breslin called the “best gangster book ever written”); The Last Gangster; and The Summer Wind: Thomas Capano and the Murder of Anne Marie Fahey. He lives in southern New Jersey.

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Last Gangster: From Cop to Wiseguy to FBI Informant: Big Ron Previte and the Fall of the American Mob 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always had a like for any books on the mob and The Last Gangster:From Cop to Wiseguy to FBI Informanant:Big Previte and the Fall of the American Mob gave me everything I read books like this for! Intresting and well-researched!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anastasia hit another home run loved it ..if you read Blood and Honor this book will pick up where you left off in the lives of the philly mobsters as the changing of the guard happens not once but twice and introduces the world to the up and coming rise of Skinny Joey Merlino son of former jailed under boss Salvatore "Chuckie" Merlino..Anastasia just knows Philly Mafia in and out fugetaboutit !
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"I need to speak with you, Gunstar," l say, padding in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This where the leader sleeps.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not enough action. Mostly court proceedings.