“Engrossing . . . Fascinating.”
“DeStefano tells Costello’s story well.”—Kirkus Reviews
The definitive book on the ultimate mob boss—featuring new FBI revelations, rare family photos, and never-before-published material . . .
To authorities, Frank Costello was “The Prime Minister of the Underworld” and “one of the most powerful and influential Mafia leaders in the U.S.” To friends and associates, he was simply “Uncle Frank.” Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony M. DeStefano sets out to answer who Frank Costello really was 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. These are the riveting stories and stunning revelations 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. The man who refused to admit his crimes long after he retired. This is Top Hoodlum.
“DeStefano vividly recalls the crime boss whose wounding by an assassin in 1957 got a bugger headline in The Daily News than the death of Senator Joseph McCarthy.” – The New York Times on Top Hoodlum by Anthony DeStefano
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