Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso, the boss of New York's Lucchese crime family, was a Mafia superstar, responsible for more than fifty murders. Currently serving thirteen life sentences at a federal prison in Colorado, Casso has given journalist and New York Times bestselling author Philip Carlo the most intimate, personal look into the world of La Cosa Nostra ever seen. By pure happenstance, Casso had lived next door to the family of young Philip Carlo, who was able to get into the mind, heart, and soul of one of the most cunning, ruthless mob bosses in the annals of crime history. In Gaspipe, Casso reveals the shocking details behind headline-making crimes and crime figures, such as:
-The mob's decision that John Gotti had to be taken out after whacking Big Paul Castellano without approval-and how Casso got the order to hit Gotti
-A fly-on-the-wall view of the Mafia commission sit-down at which John Gotti was made capo di tutti capi, the boss of all bosses
-The insidious relationship between La Cosa Nostra and the Russian Mafia, and how the Lucchese family murdered the most-feared assassin in the Russian mob
-Details of secret sit-downs with mob bosses Vincent "The Chin" Gigante and John Gotti, and the notorious Sammy "The Bull" Gravano
-How Gravano made fools of the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI
-The real story of the Mafia Cops and the revelations of other law enforcement personnel on Casso's payroll
-How the Mafia managed to get a tight stranglehold on most unions in America
-The truth behind the Mafia's real role in bringing huge amounts of narcotics into the United States
-How federal prison officials were bought and sold by the Mafia
-The intimate details of the women behind the Mafiosi
-The truth behind the assassinations of JFK and RFK
-Who killed Jimmy Hoffa, and where his body is
-Why J. Edgar Hoover protected the Mafia
Chilling and illuminating, unvarnished and entertaining, Gaspipe is a roller-coaster ride into a world few outsiders have ever dared to enter.
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Good Book reveals a lot, one sided though
The book is awesome and is full of stories about Gaspipe. Never heard of him but was amazed at his influence in the mob. However, I cringe at the way the book makes him out to be teh victim by the end of the book. You have to remind yourself he was a ruthless killer and very cold with no regard to human life. Its just business to him. By the end of the book, you have to choose how you feel about the main character. I think karma is real.
The narrator's talents masterfully combined with the author's made this like listening to a great story told in person. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book and I will look for more books by Philip Carlo and audiobooks narrated by Alan Sklar.
What an explosive story of loyality and betreyal!!!!