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In March of 1992, the highest-ranking member of the Mafia in America ever to defect broke his blood oath of silence and testified against his boss, John Gotti. He is Salvatore (Sammy the Bull) Gravano, second-in-command of the Gambino organized-crime family, the most powerful in the nation. Today, Gotti is serving life in prison without parole. And as a direct consequence of Gravano's testimony, Cosa Nostra - the Mafia's true name - is in shambles. In Underboss, based on dozens of hours of interviews with Gravano, much of it written in Sammy the Bull's own voice, we are ushered as never before into the uppermost secret inner sanctums of Cosa Nostra - an underworld of power, lust, greed, betrayal, deception, sometimes even honor, with the specter of violent death always poised in the wings. Gravano's is a story about starting out on the street, about killing and being killed, revealing the truth behind a quarter-century of shocking headlines. It is also a tragic story of a wasted life, of unalterable choices and the web of lies, weakness, and treachery that underlie the so-called Honored Society.
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Narrator Richard Davidson fails us in this reading of Maas's book describing the rise of Sammy "The Bull" Gravano to the position of underboss beneath John Gotti (LJ 6/15/97). We don't know when he's reading the author's text or playing Gravano. The work provides the basic ABCs on what it means to be a member of the mob, how one succeeds in that organization, and how its operations cost everyone. Moreover, it explains why the FBI ignored the Cosa Nostra and how surveillance techniques and new laws turned the tables just when Gotti thought he was untouchable. However, America has an insatiable curiosity about the Mafia, and this work will gather no dust. An important, popular work that should be acquired.‘James Dudley, Copiague, N.Y.

"This is a page turner that Maas writes in Gravano's voice. Its one readers will hear in their heads for a long while."--Ilene Cooper"--Booklist"" important book...a gripping story. It's important because it is a morality play on the subject of loyalty."--Donald E. Westlake, "New York Times Book Review""Fascinating for its anthropologically detailed portrait of a subculture some of us can't get enough of.""--Time""An absorbing, intimate, alluring tale of power, greed, and Mob intrigue.""People"

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