The Underboss: The Rise and Fall of a Mafia Family

The Underboss: The Rise and Fall of a Mafia Family

by Dick Lehr, Gerard O'Neill

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ISBN-13: 9781586481087
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 04/05/2002
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 330,657
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

IntroductionIX
1Cold Pork Chops1
2The Mob in Boston13
3The Rise of Gennaro Angiulo33
4Catch Up61
5The Wave89
6Failure113
7Break-In129
8Inside 98 Prince Street147
9An Attempted Murder169
10The Noose Tightens193
11Mafia Murder211
12The Fall of Gennaro Anguilo227
Conclusion245
Acknowledgments251
Index253

What People are Saying About This

George V. Higgins

The straight stuff ... Real - and wonderfully readable.... This is what the Mob's about now, cruel and smart and vicious. (George V. Higgins author of At End of Day)

Dominick Dunne

A tough and tautly written account of the interlinking machinations of the good guys and the bad guys.

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The Underboss: The Rise and Fall of a Mafia Family 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Othemts on LibraryThing 23 days ago
The FBI's takedown of the Anguilo crime of family of Boston's North End may be a shining moment in the history of the agency (bookended with their most shameful moment in the Whitey Bulger case which involved some of the same figures). Neill & Lehr trace the rise of Gerry Angiulo in the mafia - or more accurately La Cosa Nostra - earning a position of prominence in Providence's Patriarca crime family. They also detail the trials and travails of Boston's FBI team that after some errors were able to successfully able to bug Angiulo's Office in the North End. The story is detailed and well-researched focusing on the patience and innovation of the FBI against the hubris of Angiulo. Another great addition to my knowledge base of Boston Dark Side history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.