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The Sinatra Club, by Sal Polisi and Steve Dougherty

Label
The Sinatra Club
Title
The Sinatra Club
Statement of responsibility
by Sal Polisi and Steve Dougherty
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Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Mob was the biggest, richest business in America--too dangerous and too deadly to fail. Until it was destroyed from within by drugs, greed, and the decline of its traditional Crime Family values. And by guys like Sal Polisi. Born in Brooklyn, Polisi was raised on a family legacy as a member of the Colombos, one of the New York Mob's feared Five Families, and came of age when the Mafia was at the height of its vast wealth and power. He ran an after-hours gambling den, The Sinatra Club, a hangout for up-and-coming mobsters like the three wiseguys immortalized in Martin Scorsese's GoodFellas. For Polisi, the thrills of robbing banks, hijacking trucks, pulling daring heists--and getting away with it all, thanks to corrupt cops--were fleeting. When he was busted for drug trafficking, and already sickened by the bloodbath that engulfed the Mob as it teetered toward extinction, he flipped and became one of a breed he had loathed all his life--a rat. Here, Polisi paints a never-before-seen picture of the inner workings of a once extensive and secret underworld that, thanks to guys like him, no longer exists
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Polisi's early life was marred by abandonment, abuse, and loss. His greatest joy came from going to the racetrack with his Uncle Tony and listening to stories about famous gangsters—indeed, it was Uncle Tony who introduced him to the Colombo mob family. Polisi's connection to the notorious family would lead him to selling heroin, robbing banks, stealing trucks, and, in 1971, opening an illegal all-hours gambling den dubbed "The Sinatra Club." John Gotti would later become a partner in the business, as well as a friend of the author. Polisi provides fascinating details about some of his crimes as a member of the first "Three-Families hijack crew," which included Gotti's protégée, Ronald "Foxy" Jerothe, and Tommy "Two Guns" DeSimone, the man who inspired Joe Pesci's character in GoodFellas. He also details the murder of Joe Gallo, wars between families, and compelling evidence to suggest JFK's assassination was a mob hit. But in addition to an exhilarating trip though Italian-American mafia history, Polisi's text doubles as a heartfelt memoir, wherein he candidly expounds on the pain of neglecting his family and the devastating losses that eventually impelled him to leave "The Life" behind and testify against his former colleagues. (July) --Staff (Reviewed July 16, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 29, p)
  • A decade of turmoil in the life of a Mafia associate, back when the New York underworld ruled supreme. Polisi's brassy guided tour of his time as a member of the Colombo and Gambino crime families is consistently accented by burgeoning "professional" relationships with kingpins like John Gotti, who, when the pair met in 1972, was a swaggering, self-assured "gangster's gangster" thirsty for action. It was a pivotal year for the New York mob's five families, as The Godfather launched and the American Mafia ascended in both notoriety and affluence. By his early 20s, the Brooklyn-born Polisi was married and had two sons, as well as a lengthy rap sheet and the moniker of "Crazy Sal." Early on in the author's fearless chronicle, the mobster unabashedly concedes to being a "street guy," as he and young Gambino sidekick Foxy Jerothe became intoxicated by the thrill of robbing banks, orchestrating heists, loan-sharking, dodging bullets and gambling at the Colombo family base camp: the renowned Sinatra Club in Queens. Polisi also inserts frequently dark historical anecdotes and heady personal confessions of his unrepentant philandering on his doting wife Angela and a laundry list of illicit escapades from the '70s through the mid-'80s. In the evocative final chapters, Polisi details how he eventually flipped and became a protected witness in Gotti's criminal proceedings, a move that further contributed to the downfall and demise of the mob's "brotherhood of hoodlums." An audacious memoir unveiling the machinations of the mob.(Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2012)
Biography type
autobiography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10129922
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1945-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Polisi, Salvatore
Dewey number
  • 364.1092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1948-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Dougherty, Steve
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Polisi, Salvatore
  • Mafia
  • Organized crime
  • Gambling and crime
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
my life inside the New York mafia
Label
The Sinatra Club, by Sal Polisi and Steve Dougherty
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
895902
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 386 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781451642872
Lccn
2012000610
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781451642872
  • (OCoLC)709673201
Label
The Sinatra Club, by Sal Polisi and Steve Dougherty
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
895902
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 386 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781451642872
Lccn
2012000610
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781451642872
  • (OCoLC)709673201

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