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  • The Big Heist

  • The Real Story of the Lufthansa Heist, the Mafia, and Murder
  • By: Anthony M. DeStefano
  • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (95 ratings)

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Summary

One of the biggest scores in Mafia history, the Lufthansa Airlines heist of 1978 has become the stuff of Mafia legend - and a decades-long investigation that continues to this day. Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony DeStefano sheds new light on this legendary unsolved case using recent evidence from the 2015 trial of 80-year-old Mafia don Vincent Asaro, who for the first time speaks out on his role in the fateful Lufthansa heist. This blistering you-are-there account takes you behind the headlines and inside the ranks of America's infamous crime families - with never-before-told stories, late-breaking news, and bombshell revelations.

An invaluable addition to any crime library, this is the most complete, thorough, and up-to-date account of the Lufthansa heist currently available. Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony DeStefano draws from his years of experience reporting on the mob for New York Newsday - as well as his firsthand coverage of the Asaro indictment and attendance at the trial - to expose the all-too-human heart of organized crime in America. The Big Heist is thrilling, shocking, and impossible to pause.

©2017 Anthony M. DeStefano (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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An epilogue for goodfellas

Decent book that deals with the planning, the heist itself and the aftermath. As an avid mob book reader this surprised me as a lot of mob books lately don’t cut the mustard.

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Excellent

For any fans of the movie goodfellas this books fills in the gaps you’ve always wondered about narrated in a upbeat way making it a decent listen through

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Good insight into the mafia activities

This was a quite laborious book to listen to and finish, but it gave a fascinating insight into the mafia beyond what you see in the movies. It was let down by a ponderous and convoluted story, and a very wooden and dry narration. However, I still found it interesting and informative.

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Spell binding

Fantastic book, well presented, just could not put it down until finished. Highly recommended to all

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Don’t bother

God this is a boring book. It doesn’t keep your interest and is very drawn out. Rubbish

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dull

I just could not get into this book, it seems to make an exciting subject feel like a drag

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  • John S
  • 28-10-18

The story of the unnamed guys

I went to grammer school with the guys who pulled off the Heist and often wondered what happened to some guys who were never named in goodfellas this book answers these questions Excellant read from a guy who knows the real goodfellas and the "hole" in Brooklyn

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  • Neil Wilkinson
  • 10-05-21

Great story.

Well done. Great reader. Interesting and very detailed. Very well written. I enthusiastically recommend it.

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  • victoria nichols
  • 13-02-21

Amazing Detail!

Very well written and narrative was excellent. Awesome detail of facts. thank you for an awesome book

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  • Ed Ric
  • 25-01-21

Deceiving

This book is 20% the Heist and 80% other mafia stuff. Not a bad book though.

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  • Jonathan
  • 10-01-21

Good listen

Less about the heist and more about the history of the mob in NY during the 70'-90's. I haven't listened to any other books about the robbery but it covers the basics without much fanfare. Good listen and enjoyable. Gets bogs downed in the trial for the last few chapters.

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  • Virginia
  • 01-06-20

Worth the time to listen.

The narration was great. The story is as fascinating as it was back in the '70's. I appreciated the new details. I say purchase this book. I didn't give this book five stars because I reserve five star status for the books that I leave tons of bookmarks on.

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  • James Ciotti
  • 08-10-17

An update to Good Fellas

This looked at the legendary Lufthansa heist from a modern perspective from a recent trial...there are some new facts worth the listen

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  • Justin Kalinowski
  • 29-03-22

litigation

Interesting, sure..but I felt like I was in court the whole time. Still, Interesting.

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  • James A. Bretney
  • 31-01-22

really good

this book is a great sequel to the movie Goodfellas. When I was listening to this book it reminded me a lot of the 1991 film and it overlaps very nicely with The Sopranos TV show and the many movies made about John Gotti. the author really teaches you a lot about the Lufthansa Heist the Lucchese and the Bonanno family's involvement in that larceny. And it really exposes how Lacks airport security was and Powell most irresponsible the airlines were in managing the air freight that they were responsible for. this is a really well researched book and the author does deserve respect and I'm interested to hear or read his next book

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  • Padraig
  • 10-09-21

Well If ur a Goodfella fanatic

I was here looking for new details about characters and stories from the movie goodfellas and that's what I got.
great book if ur looking for too see the difference between the movie and what really happened
Great stuff loved it