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

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

by Matt Birkbeck

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ISBN-13: 9780425266854
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 148,957
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Matt Birkbeck is an award-winning investigative journalist and author of Deconstructing Sammy, A Beautiful Child, and A Deadly Secret. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Rolling Stone, People magazine, Boston magazine, and the Philadelphia Inquirer

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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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The Quiet Don: The Untold Story of Mafia Kingpin Russell Bufalino 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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, 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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.
FiftyAndFabulous More than 1 year ago
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.