Surviving the Mob: A Street Soldier's Life Inside the Gambino Crime Family

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Huntington Press Inc, Dec 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 265 pages
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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, 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.
 

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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 Read full review

Contents

15 1995
131
16 Beginning of the End
139
17 Fugitive
150
18 Decision Time
177
19 Tremors
185
20 1999
200
21 2000
214
22 A New Beginning
221

8 Gambling and the New York Mob
52
9 1987
68
10 1988
79
11 Trial
92
12 and Tribulation
102
13 Back on the Street
117
14 Free Again
128
23 A Court Date Nears
227
24 The Junior Gotti and
232
25 Closing in on Nicky
240
26 Lessons
244
Index
250
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About the author (2010)

In 1994, Dennis N. Griffin retired after a 20-year career in investigations and law enforcement in New York and moved to Las Vegas. In 1996 he wrote his first novel, The Morgue, based on an actual case he investigated, and currently has six mystery thrillers in print in addition to four non-fiction titles for Huntington Press: Policing Las Vegas, The Battle for Las Vegas, Cullotta, and Surviving the Mob. He is an active member of the Mystery Writers of America, Las Vegas Valley Writers Group, Henderson Writers Group, and the Police Writers Association and is a consultant and frequent on-screen contributor to documentaries and films about the history of the Mob.

Growing up in Brooklyn, in a house wedged between two Mafia social clubs, Andrew DiDonato was pretty much destined to become a gangster. Barely a teenager when he started stealing car parts, selling marijuana, and shaking down competing dealers, DiDonato spent 15 years rising up through the ranks of the Gambino crime family. But at age 31, he robbed the wrong drug dealer and found himself running from both the cops and--far more dangerously--his former mob "family.” So, for the sake of his actual family and his own life, DiDonato decided to turn snitch and spill the beans on one of the Cosa Nostra’s most notorious organized-crime dynasties.

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