Mafia Prince: Inside America's Most Violent Crime Family and the Bloody Fall of La Cosa Nostra

Mafia Prince: Inside America's Most Violent Crime Family and the Bloody Fall of La Cosa Nostra

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Mafia Prince: Inside America's Most Violent Crime Family and the Bloody Fall of La Cosa Nostra by Phil Leonetti

Mafia Prince is the first-person account of one of the most violent eras in Mafia history —“Little” Nicky Scarfo’s reign as boss of the Philly family in the 1980s—written by Scarfo’s underboss and nephew, “Crazy” Phil Leonetti.

The youngest-ever underboss at the age of 31, Leonetti was at the crux of the violent downfall of the traditional American Mafia in the 1980s when he infiltrated Atlantic City after gambling was legalized, and later turned state’s evidence against his own. His testimony directly led to the convictions of dozens of high-ranking made men including John Gotti, Vincent Gigante, and his own uncle, Nicky Scarfo—sparking the beginning of the end of La Cosa Nostra.

Just as The Godfather and Boardwalk Empire defined the early 20th century Mafia, and Wiseguy and Casino depicted the next great era through the ’70s, Mafia Prince concludes this epic genre revealing the Mafia’s violent final heyday of the 1980s— straight from the horse’s mouth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762445837
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 11/27/2012
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author


Philip "Crazy Phil" Leonetti was the youngest underboss in the history of the American Mafia at the age of 30, and, along with his uncle and boss—"Little" Nicky Scarfo, head of the Philadelphia crime family from 1981-91—was responsible for what is arguably the most violent reign organized crime has ever seen. Leonetti's major role was mobbing up Atlantic City after gambling became legal—a goal he was thoroughly successful in reaching. After the Scarfo family careened out of control amid incredible violence in the late '80s, Leonetti was convicted of murder and racketeering and, in an effort to reduce jail time, became the then highest-ranking official in Mafia history to turn state's evidence and cooperate with the federal government. His testimony directly led to the convictions of dozens of high-ranking and other made men, including John Gotti, Vincent Gigante, and his own uncle, Little Nicky Scarfo. He has been living in the Witness Protection Program for almost two decades.

Scott M. Burnstein is a true-crime author and staff reporter on the Oakland Press in Detroit. He authored the 2007 regional bestseller Motor City Mafia: A Century of Organized Crime in the City of Detroit, and in 2010 published Family Affair: Greed, Treachery and Betrayal in the Chicago Mafia. He graduated from Indiana University in 1999 and received his law degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 2004. He has been a featured expert on organized crime on numerous TV shows including the History Channel’s hit show Gangland, and in 2009 he produced, wrote, and appeared in the critically acclaimed documentary Detroit Mob Confidential. His writing has also appeared in the Detroit Free Press, Chicago Magazine, and AOL.com.

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Mafia Prince: Inside America's Most Violent Crime Family and the Bloody Fall of La Cosa Nostra 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
typhoon More than 1 year ago
Everyone interested in the mob has heard all types of different stories about the Nicky Scarfo regime. At last a book by someone who was involved directly. A must read for the fan of this genre. Little Nicky was a raving lunatic running amok. Mr. Leonetti has a truly telling tale about life in the mafia.
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Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a good story with some insights into the real mafia world. There are no heroes here, these guys end up watching their backs and what kind of life is that? Is Leonetti a rat? Is Scarfo crazy? Is Phil Testa good looking? Leggere per te stesso e decidere.
diva2011 More than 1 year ago
I Bought the book for my mother since we live in Atlantic City and are familiar with the story we wanted to read and see what really happen
James197933 More than 1 year ago
I just bought the book and will get it on January 4, 2013...can't wait as I'm a junkie mob book reader. This stuff fascinates me! I will give an honest review after reading the book. Stay tuned!!