The Mad Ones: Crazy Joe Gallo and the Revolution at the Edge of the Underworld

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Weinstein Publishing, May 5, 2009 - True Crime - 256 pages
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The Mad Ones chronicles the rise and fall of the Gallo brothers, a trio of reckless young gangsters whose revolution against New York City’s Mafia was inspired by Crazy Joe Gallo’s forays into Greenwich Village counterculture.

Crazy Joe, Kid Blast, and Larry Gallo are steeped in legend, from Bob Dylan’s eleven-minute ballad “Joey” to fictionalizations central to The Godfather trilogy and Jimmy Breslin’s The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight. Called the toughest gang in the city by the NYPD, the Gallos hailed from the rough Red Hook neighborhood on the Brooklyn waterfront. As low-level Mafiosi, they were expected to serve their don quietly, but the brothers stood apart from typical gangsters with their hip style, fierce ambition, and Crazy Joe’s manic idealism.

Here, for the first time, is the complete story of the Gallos’ war against the powerful Cosa Nostra, an epic crime saga that culminates in Crazy Joe’s murder on the streets of Little Italy, where he was gunned down mid-bite into a forkful of spaghetti in 1972. The Mad Ones is a wildly satisfying entertainment and a significant work of cultural history.

 

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What a mish-mosh. The story was fairly interesting, but the narrative was terrible -- hard to follow, characters barely introduced (if at all). There had to be a thousand people mentioned in the book ... Read full review

Contents

Authors Note
King of the Streets
Hollywood BGrade
Crazy Joe
The Barbershop Quintet
Pizzu
Subterranean
Revolution
The Cuckoos Nest
The Commission
Citizens for Harmony
The Stampede
Pal Joey
THE ORBACHS PAL JOEY
Whacked
The Godfather

The Sponge
Absurd Deaths
THE NOOSE THAT FAILED
The People vs Crazy Joe
The Hash
RAIDS NIP GALLO GANG WAR SAY COPS
Hype
THAT HIT SHOW AT THE COPA
GANG WAR COULD BE A ROUGH ONE
6 BODIES IN 12 DAYS
MOB WAR NOW PERILS PUBLIC
THERE IS NO GODFATHER
Sources
Acknowledgments
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Tom Folsom is a writer, director, and producer of television documentaries for A&E and Showtime, and the coauthor of Mr. Untouchable: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of Heroin’s Teflon Don written with its subject, drug-kingpin Nicky Barnes. He lives in New York City.

 

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