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The definitive book on the ultimate mob boss--featuring new FBI revelations, rare family photos, and never-before-published material . . . The press nicknamed him "The Prime Minister of the Underworld." The U.S. Treasury's Bureau of Narcotics described him as "one of the most powerful and influential Mafia leaders in the U.S." But to friends and associates, he was simply "U The definitive book on the ultimate mob boss--featuring new FBI revelations, rare family photos, and never-before-published material . . . The press nicknamed him "The Prime Minister of the Underworld." The U.S. Treasury's Bureau of Narcotics described him as "one of the most powerful and influential Mafia leaders in the U.S." But to friends and associates, he was simply "Uncle Frank." Who was Frank Costello really? That's the question Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony M. DeStefano sets out to answer--in this definitive portrait of one of the most fascinating figures in the annals of American crime . . . Using newly released FBI files, eyewitness accounts, and family mementos, Top Hoodlum takes you inside the Mafia that Frank Costello helped build from the ground up, from small-time bootlegging and gambling to a nationwide racketeering empire. The book's stunning revelations include: * Costello's secret interviews with federal investigators--now released for the first time * His private meetings with FBI director J. Edgar Hoover * His partnership with Charlie "Lucky" Luciano and how they brutally displaced the old guard of the Mafia *Surviving an assassination attempt by Genovese Family hitman Vincent "Chin" Gigante *His crime family's role in the now legendary suicide of Abe "Kid Twist" Reles, a Murder, Inc. member who was about to rat out the mob * His personal involvement in the notorious 1947 "mob summit" in Havana, Cuba * His secret interests, both real and suspected, in Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Manhattan night clubs like the Copacabana * His power over politicians, rapport with reporters, and amazing ability to evade the feds * His refusal to admit his crimes long after he retired--until his death in 1973 Sometimes shocking, sometimes amusing, and always riveting, these are the stories that have inspired American crime classics like The Godfather, Casino, Goodfellas, and The Sopranos. This is the man who made the Mafia such a powerful force in our nation's history. This is Top Hoodlum.


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The definitive book on the ultimate mob boss--featuring new FBI revelations, rare family photos, and never-before-published material . . . The press nicknamed him "The Prime Minister of the Underworld." The U.S. Treasury's Bureau of Narcotics described him as "one of the most powerful and influential Mafia leaders in the U.S." But to friends and associates, he was simply "U The definitive book on the ultimate mob boss--featuring new FBI revelations, rare family photos, and never-before-published material . . . The press nicknamed him "The Prime Minister of the Underworld." The U.S. Treasury's Bureau of Narcotics described him as "one of the most powerful and influential Mafia leaders in the U.S." But to friends and associates, he was simply "Uncle Frank." Who was Frank Costello really? That's the question Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony M. DeStefano sets out to answer--in this definitive portrait of one of the most fascinating figures in the annals of American crime . . . Using newly released FBI files, eyewitness accounts, and family mementos, Top Hoodlum takes you inside the Mafia that Frank Costello helped build from the ground up, from small-time bootlegging and gambling to a nationwide racketeering empire. The book's stunning revelations include: * Costello's secret interviews with federal investigators--now released for the first time * His private meetings with FBI director J. Edgar Hoover * His partnership with Charlie "Lucky" Luciano and how they brutally displaced the old guard of the Mafia *Surviving an assassination attempt by Genovese Family hitman Vincent "Chin" Gigante *His crime family's role in the now legendary suicide of Abe "Kid Twist" Reles, a Murder, Inc. member who was about to rat out the mob * His personal involvement in the notorious 1947 "mob summit" in Havana, Cuba * His secret interests, both real and suspected, in Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Manhattan night clubs like the Copacabana * His power over politicians, rapport with reporters, and amazing ability to evade the feds * His refusal to admit his crimes long after he retired--until his death in 1973 Sometimes shocking, sometimes amusing, and always riveting, these are the stories that have inspired American crime classics like The Godfather, Casino, Goodfellas, and The Sopranos. This is the man who made the Mafia such a powerful force in our nation's history. This is Top Hoodlum.

43 review for Top Hoodlum: Frank Costello, Prime Minister of the Mafia

  1. 4 out of 5

    Valerity (Val)

    This is a good book about notorious mob guy Frank Costello, who got a big start in New York back in the days when bootlegging was a way that kept many hustling to make a buck from the Volstead Act that banned booze. He made a fortune from it and worked his way up to other things later on, and also branched out to legitimate business to try to avoid many of the legal problems that dogged other mafia guys. But his involvement with politicos and gambling, and hanging with other mob guys and nightli This is a good book about notorious mob guy Frank Costello, who got a big start in New York back in the days when bootlegging was a way that kept many hustling to make a buck from the Volstead Act that banned booze. He made a fortune from it and worked his way up to other things later on, and also branched out to legitimate business to try to avoid many of the legal problems that dogged other mafia guys. But his involvement with politicos and gambling, and hanging with other mob guys and nightlife got him in hot water eventually. He is supposedly the mob patriarch that the character Vito Corleone, played by Marlon Brando is based on in the Godfather movies. It is claimed that real mobsters started using lines from the movie after it came out and was popular, another example of real life imitating art. My thanks for the advance digital copy provided by NetGalley, author Anthony M. DeStefano, and the publisher for my unbiased review. Citadel Publishing June 26, 2018.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Harold

    Destefano thoroughly researched his subject and coupled with a skillful narrative sense came up with an excellent book about a complex character. Like Meyer Lansky, Frank Costello eschewed violence and it is worth noting that nowhere in this book is there any mention of him using "muscle" or of committing any violent act. Congruent with this is the the fact that he was never suspected or accused of any violence (the same is true of Meyer Lansky). With Costello and Lansky it was more guilt by ass Destefano thoroughly researched his subject and coupled with a skillful narrative sense came up with an excellent book about a complex character. Like Meyer Lansky, Frank Costello eschewed violence and it is worth noting that nowhere in this book is there any mention of him using "muscle" or of committing any violent act. Congruent with this is the the fact that he was never suspected or accused of any violence (the same is true of Meyer Lansky). With Costello and Lansky it was more guilt by association. They were associated with people who did operate to one degree or another using violence, but they were often the voice of reason and believed in keeping a cooler head. Both men came out of the world of bootlegging and illegal gambling. They saw it as giving the public what they wanted and making a good living doing that. Costello was adept at making political connections and for that reason lived on the edge of legitimacy, friending celebrities and politicians. He came up at a time when Italians and Jews were not treated kindly in the US and opportunity was limited, making essentially decent people sometimes do indecent things. It's still happening but to different minorities. Prohibition was one of the stupidest things ever attempted in this country and I may be in the minority in feeling that gambling should not be illegal or limited to a certain select few making the big bucks. That's just my 2 cents.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    Immerse yourself in the world of New York mafia kingpin, Frank Costello, labeled a Top Hoodlum by FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover. Prohibition was a marvelous time for organized crime in 1920s New York City. Bringing in liquor from Canada, Frank and all his cronies became millionaires supplying the addictions of both rich and poor. After it ends, Frank puts his money into legitimate businesses and works to negotiate truces between mob families as far away as Chicago. The names within Top Hoodlum are Immerse yourself in the world of New York mafia kingpin, Frank Costello, labeled a Top Hoodlum by FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover. Prohibition was a marvelous time for organized crime in 1920s New York City. Bringing in liquor from Canada, Frank and all his cronies became millionaires supplying the addictions of both rich and poor. After it ends, Frank puts his money into legitimate businesses and works to negotiate truces between mob families as far away as Chicago. The names within Top Hoodlum are familiar to anyone who has ever watched a Hollywood mafia production such as the Godfather or Boardwalk Empire. Al Capone, Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky are all here. The famous restaurant assignation scene in the Godfather was real and meticulous detailed here. Readers who like mafia movies will be engrossed by the well-researched Top Hoodlum. 3 stars! Thanks to the publisher, Citadel, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah - All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

    I'll never get over my fascination with the Mafia. Glad I was approved for this one, full review to come. I received this ARC for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. See my full review here: https://allthebookblognamesaretaken.b...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Good bio of an old-time Mafioso Frank Costello is so often mentioned in books about the Mafia. He is a core member of the Prohibition, 1930s to 1950s New York organized crime scene. I was happy to read about his life and deeds. Later in life he wanted to be accepted by the great and the good as a wealthy, contributing member of society. They didn't. He ended up seeing a therapist about his frustrations. Sort of a very early and real life version of the Sopranos. For all that, he ended up well off, Good bio of an old-time Mafioso Frank Costello is so often mentioned in books about the Mafia. He is a core member of the Prohibition, 1930s to 1950s New York organized crime scene. I was happy to read about his life and deeds. Later in life he wanted to be accepted by the great and the good as a wealthy, contributing member of society. They didn't. He ended up seeing a therapist about his frustrations. Sort of a very early and real life version of the Sopranos. For all that, he ended up well off, living a life of leisure. "Living" is the key word. The books makes it clear how he managed to stay alive and enjoy his ill-gotten gains, and die of old age. So many of his cohorts died in jail or from bullets. The book is well researched and flows. It kept my interest throughout. The only thing I wish it had is more about his private life, with his wife, mistress, hobbies, and everyday life. But he died long ago, and it might be impossible to fill that in. The book is a good read for anyone interested in the Mafia, New York history and true crime.

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