Complete Idiot's Guide
to the Mafia
By popular demand, Alpha Books has
distributed a special millennium edition of
Complete Idiot's Guide to The Mafia, Second
Edition" to the nation's bookstores.
It's much more than a revised edition of the
343-page best selling book that Alpha published in 2001. Rather
than scrunch the new book into the same size as the original, Alpha
commissioned me to retain the original 26
editing and updating them
with newly acquired information – and add an entire New
Millennium section of seven new chapters to create a monster 444 page
book. It retails at the same list price of the first edition, $18.95. Real
stuff about real wiseguys and insight about the ways that mobsters
make their money. True stories of life and death,
honor and betrayal with a foreword by award-winning
author George Anastasia. Get it at your local book store, or at Amazon.com,
Barnes & Noble.
The Story of John Gotti
Mob Star: The Story of John Gotti
the book it took yours truly and Gene Mustain 17 years to
tells the complete saga of John Gotti, from his treacherous rise to his
defiant downfall. Although we didn't know it at the time, we began working on
"Mob Star" in 1985, when we began covering the Gotti story as
The first edition
came out in 1988, and we finished this new edition three days before Gotti died in June
We added a postscript, and with a 40,000-word
update, the new edition contains the entire Gotti saga
right up to his time in prison and his death from throat cancer.
The 378 page, full-size
book uses eight additional chapters, a prologue and an epilogue to complete
the story we began telling (better than any other reporters, we might add!)
when we covered the Gotti-orchestrated, midtown Manhattan assassination of
former Gambino boss Paul Castellano.
For the last and best
words on Gotti, this is the book to have. It is
Barnes & Noble.
Murder Machine: A
True Story of Murder, Madness, and the Mafia,
the second book by Gene Mustain and Jerry Capeci, was
first published in 1992. It was hailed by Pete Hamill, Pulitzer Prize winning columnists Murray Kempton and Mike McAlary, New York
Daily News columnist Gail Collins and Nick Pileggi, author of Wiseguy and Casino. Murder Machine is
an insider's account - buttressed by hundreds of interviews and half a million pages of
documents - of a Mafia crew of car thieves and drug dealers that claimed 200 victims in a
10 year period. Headed by Gambino crime family capo Anthony (Nino)
Gaggi, the crew had five serial killers among its members, including
mobster Roy DeMeo. (right) At the time Gambino boss Paul Castellano was executed, he was
on trial with three of the killers, who were all subsequently convicted and are now
serving life terms.
is available at
your local book
for $7.99, or
Barnes & Noble.
"This is the scariest book I've ever read about
the mob," said Hamill. "We've heard tales about professional killers and tales
of solitary serial killers. But this is the tale of a complete gang of serial killers.
They maimed. They tortured. They slaughtered. And they enjoyed it. After this, nobody can
ever write another Mafia romance." Said McAlary: "You'll be ducking for cover on
every page. In Murder Machine, they reveal the story of a single Brooklyn gang that killed
more Americans than the Iraqi army." Said Collins: "Nobody knows the mob like
Jerry Capeci and Gene Mustain, and in Murder Machine, they've got the most amazing wiseguy
story yet. It's the saga of a crew of serial killers run amok, a cross between the
Godfather and Texas Chainsaw Massacre."
Gotti: Rise and Fall
GOTTI: Rise and Fall
shows John Gotti to be a ruthless manipulator,
a Machiavellian master of intrigue and the double cross -- and an ardent womanizer.
His rise to the head of one of
America's most powerful crime family was marked by corpses, lies and betrayals. In
GOTTI:Rise and Fall we use FBI tapes of Gotti and his cohorts, thousands of documents, and
a host of sources on both sides of the law to tell the whole uncensored story of John
Gotti, who still runs the powerful Gambino crime family from a maximum security federal
prison cell in Marion, Illinois.
bookstore has it
for $7.99. You
can also get it
for less online
Barnes & Noble.
GOTTI: Rise and Fall also tells the story of Salvatore (Sammy Bull)
Gravano, (right) an equally violent mobster who was at Gotti's right hand from the night
Castellano was killed until Gravano made a deal with the FBI and federal prosecutors in
Brooklyn and became the first Mafia underboss to testify against his boss. Read about
Gravano's first crime at the age of eight, his induction into the Gambino crime family,
and of the 19 gangland style slayings he was involved in from his first on Feb. 28, 1970
until his last on Oct. 4, 1990. Read about his dramatic courtroom confrontation with Gotti
and how Gotti's pals did their damnedest to rattle him on the witness stand.
GOTTI will also take you into the prison cell that Gotti and Gravano shared after their
arrest on Dec. 11, 1990. Read about the jailhouse confrontation between the two
men after Gravano learned from an FBI tape recording that Gotti had been badmouthing him
behind his back. And read how Gotti revealed in that confrontation that it wasn't the
first time he had talked behind Gravano's back, and how that played in Gravano's decision
to turn on his boss.
GOTTI will take you into the Dapper Don's downtown Manhattan headquarters, the Ravenite
Social club, where, under pictures of himself and his mentor, long time family underboss
Neil Dellacroce, Gotti held court,
and into a widow's apartment two flights up where Gotti held meetings he thought were
secret with Sammy Bull Gravano and Frank LoCascio.
GOTTI: Rise and Fall also reveals how the Gambino family
boss was betrayed by two trusted capos, Daniel Marino (left) and James (Jimmy Brown)
Failla (right). The duo had been part of the Castellano wing of the family, but both
became part of Gotti's inner circle as the Dapper Don moved to consolidate his power.
Unbeknownst to Gotti, however, both joined in a plot by rival Mafia boss Vincent (Chin) Gigante to avenge Castellano's killing by
assassinating Gotti and placing Marino and Failla atop the Gambino crime family. Read the
first account of Gotti's relationship with model Lisa Gastineau, ex-wife of former New
York Jets former All Pro defensive end Mark Gastineau, and how they were planning to
celebrate her 30th birthday by attending Frank Sinatra's 75th birthday concert the night
Gotti was pinched in the case that finally brought him down. And much, much more.
Also see The HBO Original Movie, based on our book.
Wiseguys Say The
Sometimes they're frightening, other times
they're funny, and often they're full of themselves. In
Wiseguys Say The Darndest
Quotable Mafia, you'll get the darnedest
words from scores of wiseguys and people who loved, hated, feared or respected them.
In the 273-page book, you'll read what mob guys say about their lawyers,
celebrities, and why it's dangerous to drive on Monday and Thursday
mornings. You'll read what wiseguys from all over the country have to say
about bugs, wiretaps, and how to recover from emotional stress.
Culled from tape recordings, court testimony, FBI documents, books
interviews, and other sources, you'll read what wiseguys – for this book's
purposes, the term refers to gangsters of all ethnic persuasions –
have to say about television, the movies, and just about everything else that they, and
normal people talk about in their daily routine.
get the inside dope on loansharking, extortion, murder, the law, and the
media from Al Capone of Chicago, Dutch Schultz of New York, Santo
Trafficante of Tampa, Whitey Bulger of Boston, and many more. The book's
22-page long "Cast of Characters" contains thumbnail descriptions of
gangsters from Joe Batters Accardo to Bayonne Joe
Zicarelli. It's a bargain at the $14.95 list price but
you can get it for
much less online
Amazon.com, or at
Barnes & Noble!
Gang Land – The Book
The best of Gang Land is available in a book store near you.
The list price is
you can pick up a copy of
CAPECI'S Gang Land: Fifteen Years Of Covering The Mafia at a
special low price from the Godfather of online booksellers,
330-page oversized book includes an index and eight
pages of photographs. It is sure to contain a few of your
favorite columns, as well as some you may have missed during Gang
Land's lengthy run that began in 1989 in The New York Daily News,
ran for a time in The New York Sun
book's 125 columns chronicle the New York Mafia landscape from John
Gotti's heyday in 1989 as the swashbuckling Dapper Don to the
remarkable day in 2003 when Gotti's longtime rival Vincent (Chin) Gigante gave up his
Daffy Don routine and confessed to having put on a crazy act for three