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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The Quiet Don: The Untold Story of Mafia Kingpin Russell Bufalino by Matt Birkbeck

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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101618264
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 129,957
File size: 3 MB
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: 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.