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Carmine the Snake

By: Frank DiMatteo,Michael Benson
Narrated by: Johnny Heller
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Summary

In this blistering street-level account, "Mafia survivor" Frank DiMatteo teams up with true-crime master Michael Benson to take down one of the most notorious figures in the American La Cosa Nostra. This is the real inside story of Carmine "The Snake" Persico, from his crime-filled childhood on the streets of Brooklyn to the long-term jail sentences that didn't stop him from controlling his criminal empire, with the help of his brother - the equally kill-crazy Alphonse "Allie Boy" Persico.

This is the story of his deadly teen years as leader of the fearsome Garfield Boys; his recruitment into the Profaci - later the Colombo - crime family; his bloody betrayal of the Gallo brothers; his role in the hair-raising ambush and slaying of Albert Anastasia - the Lord High Executioner of Murder, Inc. - as he sat in a barbershop chair getting a shave; the terror he struck into the hearts of the New York Mafia's other families, and even his own crews; and the many courtroom trials where Persico walked after witnesses came down with sudden cases of "amnesia."

Today, Persico schmoozes with Ponzi king Bernard Madoff behind bars. There, at age 84, his legend - packed as it is with coldblooded brutality - continues to inspire goodfellas everywhere.

©2018 Frank DiMatteo and Michael Benson (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Definately worth a listen

A lot of great material I'd never heard before.

Highly recommended for those bored of the same regurgated stories of New York Cosa Nostra.

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The snake bites baxk

Good as there is no much information on snake 🐍definitely worth it a must for Mob readers and not really any mention of sonny or Michael frannszse

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carmine

a brilliant book telling untold story of carmine persico and mob life in general a riveting read for all

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The Truth

Great narrated perfectly truthfully loved hearing the court case's by man in the know

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A brilliant listen

An amazing book, chronicling the life of Carmine Persico. Wow, what a rapscallion he was, even as a child. The book was well written, very informative and enjoyable from start to finish. Recommended for Mafia enthusiasts.

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What a life!

A very deep dive into the life of one the most notorious mobsters ever!

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a great insight into the mond o f this man

For all time this man spent in jail he still was boss , A scary world they live in , its a great read with some good characters who give us an idea into Persicoes mind

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good content great narration

Really informative book that looks into Persicos character quite well.
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great 👍👍👍

narrated wonderfully story engrossing great listen well worth the listen glad I got it

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sympathy for the devil?

very sympathetic to mob murderers who ruined countless lives. interesting story and well put together

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