April 19, 2018

This Week in Gang Land

Surprised Sammy Bull Sez A Mob Boss Prez Would Be A Good Thing

Gang Land Exclusive!James ComeyThey worked pretty well together 25 years ago, but mob turncoat Salvatore Gravano was as surprised as the next guy – along with several former FBI agents – when he learned that fired FBI Director James Comey cited "Sammy the Bull" and argued in his tell-all book that President Trump sought the same loyalty from him that mob bosses demanded from their troops.

Nothing wrong with that, Gravano tells Gang Land.

"The country doesn't need a bookworm as President, it needs a mob boss," said Gravano, who famously brought down his Mafia boss, John Gotti, in 1992. That's especially so today when the President has to deal with powerful demagogues with nuclear weapons at their command, says the 73-year-old Sammy Bull, who said his health is "much better" since he got out of prison in September.

"Truthfully speaking now," said Gravano, "if you're gonna deal with the guy who runs North Korea, or the people who run Iran, or the Russian president, do you want a fucking bookworm to deal with them? Or do you want a gangster? You don't need a Harvard graduate to deal with these people. These guys are real gangsters. You need a fucking gangster to deal with these people."

Michael MazzaraJudge Gives Break To Mastermind Of $20 Million Bank Heists

A Manhattan federal judge known for handing down tough sentences cut a break last week for the mastermind of two spectacular 2016 bank heists that netted him and three cohorts more than $20 million in cash, jewels and other valuables from bank vaults and hundreds of safety deposit boxes.

John GottiA Special Christmas Eve Induction That Didn't Work Out Too Well

On Christmas Eve of 1988, in a Little Italy apartment on Mulberry Street not far from the Ravenite Social Club where he and John Gotti would be arrested two years later on racketeering and murder charges, Salvatore Gravano conducted a very special induction ceremony on behalf of his boss, the Dapper Don.

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Mob Boss: The BookUnless you get really lucky, and find a copy squirreled away in the wrong section of your local bookstore, you won't be able to get a first printing of Mob Boss: The Life Of Little Al D'Arco, The Man Who Brought Down The Mafia. But there are still some second print versions of the hardcover available as gifts or for your own reading pleasure.  

Because of the heavy demand, Thomas Dunne Books went to the well again for a second printing of Mob Boss, the book that The New York Times called a "gripping, novelistic biography – a bulls-eye."

The mass market, paperback version was published in 2015, however, and it is available online and at your favorite bookstores for about eight bucks. You still should be able to pick up a copy of the hard cover at your favorite bookstore, or, as Claude Raines might say to Humphrey Bogart, from any number of the usual online suspects: Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and BooksAMillion, as well as an independent book seller near you.

See why Mob Boss has been praised by Pete Hamill, Jimmy Breslin, Nicholas Pileggi, Mister District Attorney Robert Morgenthau – as well as readers everywhere.

Mob Boss is also available in a special BIG PRINT edition. And for those who would rather hear every word of the 406 page book read to them, Mob Boss is also available on an MP3 CD from Tantor Audio.


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John Gotti

John "Junior" Gotti
Alfonso "Little Al" D'Arco
Alfonso "Little Al" D'Arco

Salvatore "Bull" Gravano
Joseph Massino
Joseph Massino
Steven "Stevie Wonder" Crea
Steven "Stevie Wonder" Crea
John "Sonny" Franzese
John "Sonny" Franzese
Domenico "Italian Dom" Cefalu
Domenico "Italian Dom" Cefalu
Vincent "Chin" Gigante
Vincent "Chin" Gigante
Carmine "Junior" Persico
Carmine "Junior" Persico
Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso
Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso
Liborio "Barney" Bellomo
Liborio "Barney" Bellomo
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