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The President Street Boys: Growing Up Mafia When Mom got out of jail, it was great having her homeMondo the Dwarf Frankie Shots Tony Little Lolly Pop Carna Joseph Big Lolly Pop Carna Salvatore Sally Boy Marinelli Johnny Tarzan Louie Pizza Sally D, Bobby B, Roy Roy, and PunchyThey were THE PRESIDENT STREET BOYS of Brooklyn, New YorkFrank Dimatteo was born into a family of mob hitmen His father and godfather were shooters and bodyguards for infamous Mafia legends, the Gallo brothers His uncle was a capo in the Genovese crime family and bodyguard to Frank Costello Needless to say, DiMatteo saw and heard things that a boy shouldn t see or hearHe knew everybody in the neighborhood And they knew himd his family And does he have some wild stories to tellFrom the old school Mafia dons and infamous five families who called all the shots, to the new breed independents of the ballsy Gallo gang who didn t answer to nobody, Dimatteo pulls no punches in describing what it s really like growing up in the mob Getting his cheeks pinched by Crazy Joe Gallo until tears came down his face Dropping out of school and hanging gangster style with the boys on President Street Watching the Gallos wage an all out war against wiseguys with power, money, guns And finally, revealing the shocking deathbed confessions that will blow the lid off the sordid deeds, stunning betrayals, and all too secret history of the American MafiaOriginally self published as Lion in the BasementRaves For THE PRESIDENT STREET BOYS Growing Up Mafia Frankie D was born and raised in this life and he s still alive and still free They don t come any sharper then Frankie D A real gangster story Read this bookNicky Slick DiPietro, New York City I know Frankie D from when i was a kid living in South Brooklyn It was hard reading about my father, Gennaro Chitoz Basciano, but I knew it was the truth Frankie s book is dead on the money I couldn t put it down Eddie Basciano, somewhere in Florida It s been forty years since I ve been with Frankie D doing our thing on President Street This book was like a flashback, Frankie D nails it from beginning to the end Bravo, from one of the President Street Boys Anthony Goombadiel DeLuca, Brooklyn, New York As a neighborhood kid I grew up around President Street and know firsthand the lure of the life as a police officer and as a kid that escaped the lure I can tell you the blind loyalty that the crews had for their bosses unbounded, limitless, and dangerous As the Prince of President Street, Frank Dimatteo, is representative of a lost generation of Italian Americans If any of this crew had been given a fair shot at the beginning they would have been geniuses in their chosen field Joseph Giggy Gagliardo, Retired DEA Agent, New York City The President Street Boys takes me back as if it was a time machine Its authenticity is compelling reading for those interested in what things were really like in those mob heydays not some author s formulation without an inkling of what was going on behind the scenes I loved the book because I was there, and know for sure readers will love it too Sonny Girard, author of Blood of Our Fathers and Sins of Our Sons Not particularly well written but entertaining. So, I love mob books I m not super picky I like the real life accounts, the embellished, the fictional real, romance, thriller, whatever I like the loyalty, the culture, the banter This book is a real life tell all according to Frank DiMatteo It has about 5000 stories about 500 different mob figures and the 500 different little things they did.in business, on the street, in jail, in the car I couldn t keep anybody straight, it was pretty disorganized in it s telling and didn t have So, I love mob books I m not super picky I like the real life accounts, the embellished, the fictional real, romance, thriller, whatever I like the loyalty, the culture, the banter This book is a real life tell all according to Frank DiMatteo It has about 5000 stories about 500 different mob figures and the 500 different little things they did.in business, on the street, in jail, in the car I couldn t keep anybody straight, it was pretty disorganized in it s telling and didn t have a real story to it like this is what we did, and how I grew up but it was slightly entertaining 2.5 stars A great view from the trenchesDimatteo s writing will never be mistaken for Mario Puzo s but life isn t fiction either Dimatteo tells it like it was a dark and self indulgent life where only a few got rich at the expense of others as well as their own souls and the unsettling knowledge that any day could be their last.I can t review this book objectively because I know this neighborhood, both now and then, as well as a few of the characters that Dimatteo wrote about I believe I even met Dimat A great view from the trenchesDimatteo s writing will never be mistaken for Mario Puzo s but life isn t fiction either Dimatteo tells it like it was a dark and self indulgent life where only a few got rich at the expense of others as well as their own souls and the unsettling knowledge that any day could be their last.I can t review this book objectively because I know this neighborhood, both now and then, as well as a few of the characters that Dimatteo wrote about I believe I even met Dimatteo at a waterfront district bar I was a regular at Steve G s bar on Hicks Street in the 90s too and this book pretty much confirmed my observations about The Life that it was an extended family of guys who lived and died based on the Score, which was rarely as glamorous or as profitable as the Lufthansa heist in the 60s but were mostly chump change schemes to carry one over to the next opportunity In this respect they were like feral animals in the big city looking for tonight s meal with no guarantee that they would find the next one before the consequences of the feral life found them first This book is an honest telling of what I believed I knew.Dimatteo wrote about how some cops were schoolyard bullies but I ve long thought that they were both cut from the same cloth predator vs predator, although I have a lotrespect for those who at least did it honestly and not cowering behind a badge of authority, or the power of wealth, politics and respectability either for that matter.If nothing else this is a good stay in school, apply yourself and keep your nose clean read Just An Okay Read My interest in reading started after reading a series of biographies about a variety of Mafia figures and while my reading interests have expanded over the years into a variety of other genres, mob books both fiction and non fiction still remain one of my favorites So, when I heard about The President Street Boys Growing Up Mafia I started reading it immediately, especially since I have number of friends who grew up near President Street and knew or heard of a number of Just An Okay Read My interest in reading started after reading a series of biographies about a variety of Mafia figures and while my reading interests have expanded over the years into a variety of other genres, mob books both fiction and non fiction still remain one of my favorites So, when I heard about The President Street Boys Growing Up Mafia I started reading it immediately, especially since I have number of friends who grew up near President Street and knew or heard of a number of the people cited in this book.Overall, the book, for the most part, held my general interest but it is not a book I d recommend highly to anyone other than those who lived on or near President Street during and shortly after the Gallo Brothers lived there, and thus would likely have a personal familiarity with the people and events described in the book Others, like me, are likely to, at best, find it to be just an okay read because Most of the President Street Boys other than the Gallo Brothers are just going to be names to them due to virtually no development into their backgrounds, making it very difficult for the reader to feel any sort of connection positive or negative to The Boys and The book authored by Frank DiMatteo is really a memoir of a series of many disjointed stories of people and experiences he had or heard about throughout his life as a child and during a period of his adult life when his father was a key player during the Gallo Era and he, himself, was actively involved in the life , resulting in his Growing Up Mafia Hope this review is helpful in deciding if this book is one you ll want to read

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