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Title:
Last don standing : the secret life of mob boss Ralph Natale
Edition:
First Edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2017.
ISBN:
9781250095879
Physical Description:
xiii, 250 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Language:
English
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
Christmas Day, 1973 -- A sit-down with the boss -- Kids in Philly -- Love and devotion. -- New York, New York -- The rise of the docile don -- Mob heavyweights -- Doing the work -- Where the sand is turnin' to gold -- An Irish wake -- The razor's edge -- Union sundown -- Roll of the dice -- Meeting Mr. Stanfa -- Something's burning -- Angelo Bruno, what has happened to you? -- Et tu, Tony Bananas? -- The wake -- Rise of the Chicken Man -- They blew up the Chicken Man -- Life in Lewisburg -- Mr. Natale goes to Washington -- A Mafia prince -- Stanfa redux -- A marriage of mob-style convenience -- Don't call it a comeback -- Where did it all go wrong? -- The big payback -- Last words
Abstract:
"As the last Don of the Philadelphia mob, Ralph Natale, the first-ever mob boss to turn state's evidence, provides an insider's perspective on the mafia. Natale's reign atop the Philadelphia and New Jersey underworlds brought the region's mafia back to prominence in the 1990s. Smart, savvy, and articulate, Natale came up in the mob and saw first-hand as it hatched its plan to control Atlantic City's casino unions. Later on, after spending 16 years in prison, he reclaimed the family as his own after a bloody mob war that left bodies scattered across South Philly. He forged connections around the country, invigorated the family with more allies than it had in two decades, and achieved a status within the mob never seen before or since until he was betrayedby his men and decided to testify against them in a stunning turn of events. Using dozens of hours of interviews with Natale along with research and interviews with FBI agents, this book delivers revelatory insights into seminal events in American mob history, including: - The truth about Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance - The murder of Jewish mob icon Bugsy Siegel - The identity of the man who created modern-day Las Vegas With the full cooperation of Natale, New York Daily News reporter Larry McShane and producer Dan Pearson uncover the deadly reign of the last great mob boss of Philadelphia, a tale that covers a half-century of mob lore--and gore"-- Provided by publisher.
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As the last Don of the Philadelphia mob, Ralph Natale, the first-ever mob boss to turn state's evidence, provides an insider's perspective on the mafia. Natale's reign atop the Philadelphia and New Jersey underworlds brought the region's mafia back to prominence in the 1990s. Smart, savvy, and articulate, Natale came up in the mob and saw first-hand as it hatched its plan to control Atlantic City's casino unions. Later on, after spending 16 years in prison, he reclaimed the family as his own after a bloody mob war that left bodies scattered across South Philly. He forged connections around the country, invigorated the family with more allies than it had in two decades, and achieved a status within the mob never seen before or since until he was betrayed by his men and decided to testify against them in a stunning turn of events.Using dozens of hours of interviews with Natale along with research and interviews with FBI agents, this book delivers revelatory insights into seminal events in American mob history, including:- The truth about Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance- The murder of Jewish mob icon Bugsy Siegel - The identity of the man who created modern-day Las VegasWith the full cooperation of Natale, New York Daily News reporter Larry McShane and producer Dan Pearson uncover the deadly reign of the last great mob boss of Philadelphia, a tale that covers a half-century of mob lore--and gore.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Cast of Charactersp. xi
Prologue: Christmas Day 1973p. 1
1 A Sit-Down with the Bossp. 5
2 Kids in Phillyp. 11
3 Love and Devotionp. 18
4 New York, New Yorkp. 28
5 The Rise of the Docile Donp. 32
6 Mob Heavyweightsp. 42
7 Doing the Workp. 48
8 Where the Sand Is Turnin' to Goldp. 51
9 An Irish Wakep. 65
10 The Razor's Edgep. 68
11 Union Sundownp. 80
12 Roll of the Dicep. 86
13 Meeting Mr. Stanfap. 91
14 Something's Burningp. 94
15 Angelo Bruno, What Has Happened to You?p. 103
16 Et Tu, Tony Bananas?p. 110
17 The Wakep. 120
18 Rise of the Chicken Manp. 133
19 They Blew Up the Chicken Manp. 141
20 Life in Lewisburgp. 155
21 Mr. Natale Goes to Washingtonp. 159
22 A Mafia Princep. 167
23 Stanfa Reduxp. 178
24 A Marriage of Mob-Style Conveniencep. 183
25 Don't Call It a Comebackp. 206
26 Where Did It All Go Wrong?p. 218
27 The Big Paybackp. 229
Epilogue: Last Wordsp. 234
Postscriptp. 236
Indexp. 239