Five Families

  • by Selwyn Raab
  • Narrated by Paul Costanzo
  • 33 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Genovese, Gambino, Bonnano, Colombo, and Lucchese. For decades these Five Families ruled New York and built the American Mafia (or Cosa Nostra) into an underworld empire. Today, the Mafia is an endangered species, battered and beleaguered by aggressive investigators, incompetent leadership, betrayals, and generational changes that produced violent, unreliable leaders and recruits. A 20-year assault against the five families in particular blossomed into the most successful law enforcement campaign of the last century.
Selwyn Raab's Five Families is the vivid story of the rise and fall of New York's premier dons, from Lucky Luciano to Paul Castellano to John Gotti and more. The book also brings the listener right up to the possible resurgence of the Mafia as the FBI and local law enforcement agencies turn their attention to homeland security and away from organized crime.


What the Critics Say

"This masterpiece stands an excellent chance of becoming a bestseller with crossover appeal beyond devoted watchers of The Sopranos." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Love me some mob stuff! I've been fascinated with La Cosa Nostra since I was a teen in the 80's. I've read many books and have watched everything I know of concerning it. I'm not as expert level as Selwyn Raab, though I'm well informed. This is a great and fairly deep history of the American mob. Starting with it's roots in Sicily on through to the 00's. I learned of many "characters" and tidbits about the dysfunctional mob family that I didn't know of before, which thrilled me. I put it on at a random spot at night and listen to stories until I fall asleep. For me it's well worth the price of admission.
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- Rik B

A very good history of the mob

Would you listen to Five Families again? Why?

Yes, Raab is an excellent author and is an expert in this field. Also, I like the narrator.

What does Paul Costanzo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He adds drama and pace to an already interesting story.

If you could give Five Families a new subtitle, what would it be?

A real history of the Mafia.

Any additional comments?

I was very happy that I bought this book. I highly recommend to anyone who is interested in the Mafia.

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- Susan Stephens

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-06-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio