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What do you do when the law wants you behind bars and the New York crime families want you buried?That was the life-and-death dilemma confronting Andrew DiDonato, who began his criminal career at age 14 under the watchful eyes of the local Mob.By the time he was 17, the infamous Gambino family made DiDonato an associate of the Nicholas Corozzo crew. For the next 14 years,What do you do when the law wants you behind bars and the New York crime families want you buried?That was the life-and-death dilemma confronting Andrew DiDonato, who began his criminal career at age 14 under the watchful eyes of the local Mob.By the time he was 17, the infamous Gambino family made DiDonato an associate of the Nicholas Corozzo crew. For the next 14 years, he was a loyal street soldier, immersed in dangerous and profitable criminal activities: burglary, forgery, extortion, loan sharking, car theft, bank robbery, counterfeiting, drug dealing, credit-card and insurance fraud, witness tampering, weapons possession, and attempted murder.He was also involved in the underworld gambling operations, which took in millions dealing dice and cards, booking sports and horses, and running numbers. Between these pages you’ll find the most in-depth look at Mob gambling ever.At age 31, DiDonato ran afoul of both the law and his friends, turning him into a hunted man on two fronts. After 17 months on the run, the law caught him first.Surviving the Mob is a cautionary tale of the harsh reality of a criminal, inmate, fugitive, and witness who—so far—has lived to tell the tale....

Title : Surviving the Mob: A Street Soldier's Life Inside the Gambino Crime Family
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ISBN : 9781935396383
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Number of Pages : 280 Pages
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Surviving the Mob: A Street Soldier's Life Inside the Gambino Crime Family Reviews

  • Alex Yalen
    2018-12-04 18:34

    I'll split this review in half -- one part about the substance of the book, and the other part about the how the book works as a book.The substance, the material being written about, is pretty damn gripping stuff. This formerly-known-as-Andrew guy led a life of conniving brutality and has had plenty of time to think about it. What's striking is the fact that he seems like a fairly normal person even as he's explaining the details of how he was thinking about killing this guy and how he was orchestrating bank robberies and so forth. As a character study, it's quite an interesting read to get his take on what he did, why and (basically) how. I found particularly interesting his view of the mafia bosses -- basically, the more he saw them for what they really were, the more he came to hate them, and this led to his turning by the Feds. Seeing how he came to these conclusions -- mostly in his words -- is invaluable.The book itself is a mixed blessing. The structure is pretty much year-by-year in Andrew's life, which is sensible enough. Stylistically, the books is at its best when it's like an oral history -- with Andrew in effect dictating to the author. Andrew's own words are utterly compelling. But the actual prose from the author himself is purely mediocre and forgettable. Fortunately there isn't that much of it.

  • Fran Ricciardi
    2018-11-19 21:36

    Surviving the Mob: A Street Soldier's Life Inside the Gambino Crime FamilyI found the way Andrew tells his story to be like no other "lifestyle" book. There is no hero, nobody is a winner and I liked the year by year account. It made me able to see the transgression as it happened as opposed to grouping events and having to guess emotions and decisions. I have been a Mob Enthusiast for decades and read many true crime books. This book to me has a different feel than any other. I will admit it left me wanting more. I would like to see a follow up to this. I hope Andrew writes another book to tell how life continued for him.

  • Sumukh
    2018-11-28 21:35

    One of the few Mafia books where the writer actually admits that working for organized crime is not a good thing, instead of unnecessarily glamorizing it like other writers. Quotes like "Mafia is for losers.", "I lied, cheated, scammed, and plotted every day of my adult life, because that's what OC is. It's a never ending lie that exploits every citizen with whom it comes in contact with.""Loyalty is upwards in Mafia. Bosses ask loyalty of you but throw you under the bus the minute they have no use for you.""The larger than life image of bosses was shed when I saw the bosses and their behaviour behind the bars."The writer solely wrote this book for youngsters to warn them that doing crime is not a good thing and there is no honor in Mafia and the writer accomplishes to the hilt with the book.

  • Debbie
    2018-11-27 15:21

    I have read quite a few books on the mob, normally the are the ones who's name you have heard a lot about. This one is about a member of the mob who starts as an outside and works hard to work his way up. Tells us from the street level and how the mob works. It shows how the top bosses expect loyalty and respect from everyone below them but how they treat those same people. I enjoyed this book a lot it was a different view from inside and well written.

  • Zane Sterling
    2018-11-12 15:23

    A very good read!A very insightful and we'll written book about "The Life" inside the mob! Highly recommend for those who enjoy true mafia books.

  • Cheryl
    2018-11-25 16:22

    Nice morality tale. The fact that it's true makes it tougher to take.This follows the protagonist from his teen years, when his hero is his uncle in the mob, to the time he eventually realizes loyalty flows uphill and not down. The bosses demand obedience from the footsoldiers but sacrifice them in a heartbeat.When DiDonato goes to jail, no one offers to pay his bail. No one cares about his family. He's on his own. That's when he begins to question the myth of the mob looking after its own.This goes into detail about DiDonato's life within the mob, how the mob operates, and what he had to do to break free.The writing wasn't that absorbing, but the facts were. Interesting read.

  • Steven
    2018-12-01 13:47

    The story was a good one, but the writing was only fair. Atypically, the mob and their exploits are not glorified, but shown for what they are, an organization of thugs. It is an inside story, written by someone who was in the life, but by the end realizes how much this lifestyle hurts people, and how little it produces for not only society, but its own members. While a compelling life story, despite the main character having developed, there was a lack of emotive force--too often the events unfolded and that was all. I felt the author missed an opportunity to delve deeper into his subject's story. It was good, I enjoyed it, but it could have been better.

  • Dena Landon
    2018-11-21 18:27

    Research for next novel. One gets the impression that the author didn't quite know how to organize all the material, so he went for a chronological, each chapter was a year, approach. Unfortunately, this made it hard to keep track sometimes of all the different people who came in & out of Andrew's life. Insight into all the different types of credit card & check fraud, illegal gambling & racketeering was useful for my purposes, and interesting given my background in banking. The book doesn't sensationalize the lifestyle, however, and pretty clearly spells out the consequences.

  • Mark
    2018-12-06 16:38

    On one hand, this book is never going to be mistaken for literature. On the other hand, one might wonder: Where do career criminals come from? Are they the products of nature or nurture? What is a criminal apprenticeship like? The answers to those questions and more are answered here. In addition to having been an absolutely brazen upstart, Anthony DiDonato also is one lucky dude. And he knows it. Call this read harrowing ... and worthwhile.

  • Jay
    2018-12-12 19:36

    The interesting criminal career of a Gambino Mafia associate in New York, ending as an informant in the Witness Protection Program. The true story could have been written/organized in more compelling fashion, sticking to the first-person in this autobiographical account. The moral: the mob treats everyone badly, even their own.

  • Sam B
    2018-12-07 20:30

    Pretty standard confession memoir from a former criminal. Entertaining, but not necessarily the most gripping. I always find it fascinating to peek inside the inner machinations of really anything, so if that's also your interest, go ahead and read this.

  • Oscar Rivera
    2018-11-18 13:25

    Great book!

  • Ashley Folzenlogen
    2018-11-16 13:34

    Alex's review summed it up perfectly

  • Chris Grimm
    2018-12-03 18:28

    Couldn't put it down, couldn't believe it really happened. If you love mob stories, this is it.

  • Travis
    2018-11-21 19:47

    Very interesting insight into the inner workings of the mob. Definitely shatters a lot of the Hollywood imagery I had as a kid.

  • Sebastian Cook
    2018-11-17 14:42

    Such an interesting story considering the mob is seen as very old and only from the 1940s. However, the mob is very modern ('80s on). One of the best books I've read in a long time

  • Ronald Fino
    2018-11-16 20:32

    A much needed book about the Gambino crime family and what it was really like being a made member of the mafia. Andrew DiDonato, Denny Griffin and Dennis DiDonatoRonald Fino

  • Tanya Faberson
    2018-11-21 17:25

    Pretty decent book. An easy read.

  • Sbook
    2018-11-18 16:37

    one of the best mafia books after 'for the sins of my father'