Five Families

  • by Selwyn Raab
  • Narrated by Paul Costanzo
  • 33 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Genovese, Gambino, Bonnano, Colombo, and Lucchese. For decades these Five Families ruled New York and built the American Mafia (or Cosa Nostra) into an underworld empire. Today, the Mafia is an endangered species, battered and beleaguered by aggressive investigators, incompetent leadership, betrayals, and generational changes that produced violent, unreliable leaders and recruits. A 20-year assault against the five families in particular blossomed into the most successful law enforcement campaign of the last century.
Selwyn Raab's Five Families is the vivid story of the rise and fall of New York's premier dons, from Lucky Luciano to Paul Castellano to John Gotti and more. The book also brings the listener right up to the possible resurgence of the Mafia as the FBI and local law enforcement agencies turn their attention to homeland security and away from organized crime.

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What the Critics Say

"This masterpiece stands an excellent chance of becoming a bestseller with crossover appeal beyond devoted watchers of The Sopranos." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Interesting and well-written history

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This is the first book I've listened to (or read) on the subject. Fascinating, well-written, and well-narrated.

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- Andrew

"Superb"

If you could sum up Five Families in three words, what would they be?

Well narrated, Interesting, informative,


What other book might you compare Five Families to, and why?

Mob Boss: The Life of Little Al D'arco, the Man Who Brought Down the Mafia, Along similar lines but different story and a different perspective of the life.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"The Five Families: The money the lies and the killing’s from Bensonhurst to Broadway"


Any additional comments?

Superb book couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

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- William

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-10-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio