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Author: Andrew DiDonato,Dennis N. Griffin
ISBN: 1935396382
ISBN13: 978-1935396383
Language: English
Publisher: Huntington Press (December 1, 2010)
Pages: 280
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In 1994, Dennis N. Griffin retired after a 20-year career in investigations and law enforcement in New York and . I had never heard of Andrew DiDonato before picking up this book, although many of his bosses are familiar names.

In 1994, Dennis N. Griffin retired after a 20-year career in investigations and law enforcement in New York and moved to Las Vegas. The book is the story of Andrew's mob life, from beginning to end, and it attempts to show mob life at the street level rather than the usual stories of higher-up bosses.

Surviving the Mob book. That was the life-and-death dilemma confronting Andrew DiDonato, who began his criminal career at age 14 under the watchful eyes of the local Mob. By the time he was 17, the infamous Gambino family made DiDonato an associate of the Nicholas Corozzo crew. For the next 14 years, What do you do when the law wants you behind bars and the New York crime families want you buried?

Surviving the Mob A Street Soldier’s Life Inside the Gambino Crime Family Dennis N. Griffin and Andrew DiDonato . Surviving the Mob. A Street Soldier’s Life Inside.

Surviving the Mob A Street Soldier’s Life Inside the Gambino Crime Family Dennis N. Griffin and Andrew DiDonato Huntington Press Las Vegas Nevada Surviving the Mob . the Gambino Crime Family. Published by. Huntington Press.

Dennis N. Griffin, Andrew Didonato. Place of Publication. In 1994, Dennis N. Griffin retired after a 20-year career in investigations and law enforcement in New York and moved to Las Vegas

Dennis N. In 1996 he wrote his first novel, The Morgue, based on an actual case he investigated, and currently has six mystery thrillers in print in addition to four non-fiction titles for Huntington Press: Policing Las Vegas, The Battle for Las Vegas, Cullotta, and Surviving the Mob.

The Mob: A Play in Four Acts. Frances Hodgson Burnett  . Author: Andrew DiDonato Dennis Griffin. Title: Surviving the Mob: A Street Soldier's Life Inside the Gambino Crime Family. Frances Hodgson Burnett Nathaniel, Mrs. Conklin. Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline (A Story of the Development of a Young Girl's Life). Anna M. (Anna Mary) Galbraith. The Four Epochs of Woman's Life; A Study in Hygiene. W. H. (William Henry) Hudson. Fan : The Story of a Young Girl's Life. Herman Gastrell Seely. A Son of the City (A Story of Boy Life).

Title: Surviving the Mob Author: Griffin, Dennis . Didonato, Andrew Publisher: Huntington Pr Publication Date: 2011/01/01 Number of Pages: 265 Binding Type: PAPERBACK Library of Congress: Surviving the Mob: A Street Soldier's Life Inside the Gambino Crime Family.

Andrew DiDonato (November 21,1965) is an Italian American mobster who . In 2010 the book titled 'Surviving The Mob' was written by author Dennis Griffin that portrays DiDonatos life of crime within the Gambino crime family.

Andrew DiDonato (November 21,1965) is an Italian American mobster who was an associate of the Gambino crime family, specifically a crew member and protege of Gambino capo Nicholas Corozzo  .

What do you do when the law wants you behind bars and the New York crime families want you buried?That was the life-and-death dilemma confronting Andrew DiDonato, who began his criminal career at age 14 under the watchful eyes of the local Mob.By the time he was 17, the infamous Gambino family made DiDonato an associate of the Nicholas Corozzo crew. For the next 14 years, he was a loyal street soldier, immersed in dangerous and profitable criminal activities: burglary, forgery, extortion, loan sharking, car theft, bank robbery, counterfeiting, drug dealing, credit-card and insurance fraud, witness tampering, weapons possession, and attempted murder.He was also involved in the underworld gambling operations, which took in millions dealing dice and cards, booking sports and horses, and running numbers. Between these pages you'll find the most in-depth look at Mob gambling ever.At age 31, DiDonato ran afoul of both the law and his friends, turning him into a hunted man on two fronts. After 17 months on the run, the law caught him first.Surviving the Mob is a cautionary tale of the harsh reality of a criminal, inmate, fugitive, and witness who--so far--has lived to tell the tale.
Comments to eBook Surviving the Mob: A Street Soldier's Life Inside the Gambino Crime Family
Gogal
Mafia books are one of my guilty pleasures, and I have read a fair number of works on the subject. I had never heard of Andrew DiDonato before picking up this book, although many of his bosses are familiar names. The book is the story of Andrew's mob life, from beginning to end, and it attempts to show mob life at the street level rather than the usual stories of higher-up bosses.

=== The Good Stuff ===

* The authors give us a look at the total life-cycle of a relatively low-level mobster. DiDonato starts out as being an outsider, and works very hard to become an insider. Once he accomplishes that, you can feel his disillusionment as he begins to question the "ethics" of the Gambino family. His tale relates the disappointment when he finds that "honor among thieves" is more a legend than a fact.

* Without giving away any more of the plot that is already in the description, DiDonato ultimately leaves the mob, and does so in fear of giving up his life to the mob and his freedom to the judicial system. The book does a nice job of relating how a mobster's life can come crashing down on many fronts at the same time, and his reflections of the sacrifices he has made versus the ultimate rewards. DiDonato claims this as one of the reasons for telling his story, an attempt to persuade others of the risks and likely outcomes of his choice of lifestyle.

* The book is a fairly easy read, and move along rapidly. Violence is obviously a part of the book, but is not a major component of the text, nor overly sensationalized. Unusual for this genre, there are not a large number of characters that are tough to keep straight, and most of the chapters (arranged chronologically) are fairly self-contained. I read the book in a day or two, and it held my interest throughout.

=== The Not-So-Good Stuff ===

* My biggest disappointment was that there was nothing really new, or particularly interesting. I hadn't read of DiDonato's exploits previously, but they were all very familiar tales of every other mobster I have read about. The narrative is written mostly at a higher level, without a lot of details, and the story often lapses into a generic mobster's tale. The biggest tagline, that there really is no honor code among mobsters, has been exposed before and in more riveting detail.

* The book is written in two voices. The first is a narrative voice, and the second is DiDonato's own first-person accounts. For some reason I have always hated this combination, and not really sure why.

* The authors seem to have made a conscious decision to cover more events, but in less detail. It does give a nice overview, and helps to tell a complete story of DiDonato's life. Unfortunately I have found that the details of these stories are more interesting and attention-grabbing than the overviews. Just a personal preference of mine.

=== Summary ===

The book is certainly worth a read, if for no other reason to capture the rise and fall of a Gambino soldier. It never really achieves "spellbinding" status, but it was certainly good enough to keep reading. My ultimate judgement is that the storyline is just too generic, and I probably won't remember much from the book in a year or so.
Ffel
This was a superb writing of the inner workings of mob life through the eyes of a foot soldier. The way the story was structured, with the clear introductions of the "players" and describing their associations with one another, to the telling of the criminal events from both the criminal side AND law enforcement's side made it a unique "bible" into the Gambino family. The subject of the book, Andrew Didonato, struck me as a someone raised in the lifestyle, and while, at times, he was an out-of-control thug, seems that he possessed just enough of the good qualities to where he may have been successful in the "straight" world. This book does NOT white-wash or soften Mr. Didonato's activities- or anybody else's, for that matter. The author, Dennis Griffin, gets unbelievable access to these true stories, with comments from many other people. Well-researched and beauitfully written, I am now a Griffin fan for life, and will be reading all of his other books shortly!
jorik
Dennis Griffin came through, again, and Andrew DiDonato, literally let his life and deeds, all hang out. He pulled no punches and told it like it was, even though it hung all of his dirty laundry out, for the world to see. Thank you Dennis and Andrew. I wish both of you the best. Dennis is a great true crime writer and Andrew has truly turned his life around. It's a win win for everyone. I strongly recommend this book, and all of Dennis's true crime books, to fans of well written, true crime, stories.
Shalinrad
A look at The Gambino and NYC affiliated crime families from a street soldier's point of view. You get the inside scoop from the little guy which tells a much different tale than what you would get from the higher ups.

I enjoyed this book very much. Definitely worth a read if you are into Mob stories.

Good Luck Andrew. Hope you are enjoying your new life. I chose your book over Sammy The Bull !
Ral
It's a very interesting and absorbing story. Once you start, it's hard to stop reading. It gives the reader insight into the realities of the mafia, as opposed to the glorified fictional portrayal of the mafia in the movies, like the Godfather series. You get the viewpoint of one mafia soldier's experiences and thinking. That puts a unique slant on the read. It's not fabulous,but it's a good book.
Orevise
Nice morality tale. The fact that it's true makes it tougher to take.

This follows the protagonist from his teen years, when his hero is his uncle in the mob, to the time he eventually realizes loyalty flows uphill and not down. The bosses demand obedience from the footsoldiers but sacrifice them in a heartbeat.

When DiDonato goes to jail, no one offers to pay his bail. No one cares about his family. He's on his own. That's when he begins to question the myth of the mob looking after its own.

This goes into detail about DiDonato's life within the mob, how the mob operates, and what he had to do to break free.

The writing wasn't that absorbing, but the facts were. Interesting read.
Kulwes
I enjoyed this book. It was a relatively short and easy read. Not too dense and full of hundreds of characters and tons of details. Just a straight ahead story. I especially liked the stories about what it was like being a day to day associate that really had to hustle to get by. A lot of books are written about the bosses and major players, so I thought this was a fresh insight into what "regular" people in that life go through. If you're a true crime/mafia book buff, you'd probably enjoy this one.
A lot of this book was proven to be not credible. Another book full of BS from a criminal who should have been locked up for life, yet is not, and is really reaching to sell his story. These so called mob books that are written by the criminal (with plenty of help from a real author) are usually mostly fiction.
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