The Quiet Don

The Quiet Don : The Untold Story of Russell Bufalino, the Mob's Most Fearsome Kingpin

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During the 1960's and 70's a secretive and immensely powerful Scranton, Pennsylvania kingpin, born Rosario Bufalino in Sicily, emerged to take control of "La Cosa Nostra" during a very turbulent time. From the Bay of Pigs to Jimmy Hoffa and the assassination of JFK, this ruthless mob boss, known to Mafia insiders as "the Quiet Don," played a pivotal role while building a powerful network supported by staggering corruption of law enforcement officials, political leaders and judges.
" The Quiet Don "marries the best of Mafia true-crime with a gripping biography of a figure whose legacy is still very much at work in American life. Charles Brandt's celebrated 2004 title "I Heard You Paint Houses "revealed Bufalino not only as the mob figure who ordered the murder of teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa, but as perhaps the only man with the power and influence to be able to make such a call. Birkbeck pursues Bufalino's story far beyond the Hoffa hit to relate in astonishing detail Bufalino's far-reaching influence in the history of American organized crime, labor, politics and intelligence. Bufalino's involvement in seminal events is fascinating, and deeply troubling. Even today, legal and political scandals being investigated and prosecuted in Pennsylvania and beyond bear the mark of "The Quiet Don."
Foreword by Charles Brandt, author of ""I Heard You Paint Houses""
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 566.99g
  • Steerforth Press
  • South Royalton, United States
  • English
  • 16 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1586421859
  • 9781586421854

About Matt Birkbeck

Matt Birkbeck is an author and award-winning investigative journalist. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Reader's Digest, Boston Magazine and a host of other magazines, including People, where he served as a correspondent for a decade. He is the author of Deconstructing Sammy: Music, Money, Madness, and the Mob (Amistad/HarperCollins 2008), A Beautiful Child (Berkley/Penguin 2004), A Deadly Secret: The Strange Disappearance of Kathie Durst (Berkley/Penguin 2002) and co-author, with psychotherapist Robi Ludwig, of Till Death Do Us Part: Love, Marriage and the Mind of the Killer Spouse (Atria/Simon & Schuster 2006). Birkbeck received the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award in 2002 for his groundbreaking stories on mortgage fraud in the U.S.
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