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A riveting, decades-in-the-writing memoir from the determined young prosecutor who, in two of America’s most celebrated trials, managed to convict famed mob boss John Gotti—and subsequently took down the Mafia altogether. John Gotti was without a doubt the flashiest and most feared Mafioso in American history. He became the boss of the Gambino Crime Family in spectacular fa A riveting, decades-in-the-writing memoir from the determined young prosecutor who, in two of America’s most celebrated trials, managed to convict famed mob boss John Gotti—and subsequently took down the Mafia altogether. John Gotti was without a doubt the flashiest and most feared Mafioso in American history. He became the boss of the Gambino Crime Family in spectacular fashion—with the brazen and very public murder of Paul Castellano in front of Sparks Steakhouse in midtown Manhattan in 1985. Not one to stay below law enforcement’s radar, Gotti instead became the first celebrity crime boss. His penchant for eye-catching apparel earned him the nickname “The Dapper Don;” his ability to beat criminal charges led to another: “The Teflon Don.” This is the captivating story of Gotti’s meteoric rise to power and his equally dramatic downfall. Every step of the way, Gotti’s legal adversary—John Gleeson, an Assistant US Attorney in Brooklyn—was watching. When Gotti finally faced two federal racketeering prosecutions, Gleeson prosecuted both. As the junior lawyer in the first case—a bitter seven-month battle that ended in Gotti’s acquittal—Gleeson found himself in Gotti’s crosshairs, falsely accused of serious crimes by a defense witness Gotti intimidated into committing perjury. Five years later, Gleeson was in charge of the second racketeering investigation and trial. Armed with the FBI’s secret recordings of Gotti’s conversations with his underboss and consigliere in the apartment above Gotti’s Little Italy hangout, Gleeson indicted all three. He “flipped” underboss Sammy the Bull Gravano, killer of nineteen men, who became history’s highest-ranking mob turncoat—resulting in Gotti’s murder conviction. Gleeson ended not just Gotti’s reign, but eventually that of the entire mob. An epic, page-turning courtroom drama, The Gotti Wars is a brilliantly told crime story that illuminates a time in our nation’s history when lawyers and mobsters dominated the news, but it’s also the story of a tenacious young man, in the glare of the media spotlight, who mastered the art of becoming a great attorney.


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A riveting, decades-in-the-writing memoir from the determined young prosecutor who, in two of America’s most celebrated trials, managed to convict famed mob boss John Gotti—and subsequently took down the Mafia altogether. John Gotti was without a doubt the flashiest and most feared Mafioso in American history. He became the boss of the Gambino Crime Family in spectacular fa A riveting, decades-in-the-writing memoir from the determined young prosecutor who, in two of America’s most celebrated trials, managed to convict famed mob boss John Gotti—and subsequently took down the Mafia altogether. John Gotti was without a doubt the flashiest and most feared Mafioso in American history. He became the boss of the Gambino Crime Family in spectacular fashion—with the brazen and very public murder of Paul Castellano in front of Sparks Steakhouse in midtown Manhattan in 1985. Not one to stay below law enforcement’s radar, Gotti instead became the first celebrity crime boss. His penchant for eye-catching apparel earned him the nickname “The Dapper Don;” his ability to beat criminal charges led to another: “The Teflon Don.” This is the captivating story of Gotti’s meteoric rise to power and his equally dramatic downfall. Every step of the way, Gotti’s legal adversary—John Gleeson, an Assistant US Attorney in Brooklyn—was watching. When Gotti finally faced two federal racketeering prosecutions, Gleeson prosecuted both. As the junior lawyer in the first case—a bitter seven-month battle that ended in Gotti’s acquittal—Gleeson found himself in Gotti’s crosshairs, falsely accused of serious crimes by a defense witness Gotti intimidated into committing perjury. Five years later, Gleeson was in charge of the second racketeering investigation and trial. Armed with the FBI’s secret recordings of Gotti’s conversations with his underboss and consigliere in the apartment above Gotti’s Little Italy hangout, Gleeson indicted all three. He “flipped” underboss Sammy the Bull Gravano, killer of nineteen men, who became history’s highest-ranking mob turncoat—resulting in Gotti’s murder conviction. Gleeson ended not just Gotti’s reign, but eventually that of the entire mob. An epic, page-turning courtroom drama, The Gotti Wars is a brilliantly told crime story that illuminates a time in our nation’s history when lawyers and mobsters dominated the news, but it’s also the story of a tenacious young man, in the glare of the media spotlight, who mastered the art of becoming a great attorney.

30 review for The Gotti Wars: Taking Down America's Most Notorious Mobster

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mary: Me, My Shelf & I

    I’ve never read any mafia (mob) type books, yes I’ve seen movies but this was different. This was an interesting piece of history. A courtroom drama that, without much drama, offers a realistic portrait of how big cases are pieced together. This is a memoir from the determined young prosecutor (John Gleeson)who, in two of America's most celebrated trials, managed to convict famed mob boss John Gotti I’ve never read any mafia (mob) type books, yes I’ve seen movies but this was different. This was an interesting piece of history. A courtroom drama that, without much drama, offers a realistic portrait of how big cases are pieced together. This is a memoir from the determined young prosecutor (John Gleeson)who, in two of America's most celebrated trials, managed to convict famed mob boss John Gotti

  2. 5 out of 5

    Valerity (Val)

    An excellent look behind the scenes by the prosecutor of John Gotti, the Teflon Don from the late 1980s and 1990s. One of Gleeson’s early trials as an Assistant US attorney was as second chair in the trial of John Gotti. When Gotti was acquitted, it left a mark, but Gleeson went on to prove himself in other trails as he gained experience. Then the chance to go after Gotti again presented itself, and the prosecutor set out to make things right this time, and get a conviction. Lots of La Cosa Notr An excellent look behind the scenes by the prosecutor of John Gotti, the Teflon Don from the late 1980s and 1990s. One of Gleeson’s early trials as an Assistant US attorney was as second chair in the trial of John Gotti. When Gotti was acquitted, it left a mark, but Gleeson went on to prove himself in other trails as he gained experience. Then the chance to go after Gotti again presented itself, and the prosecutor set out to make things right this time, and get a conviction. Lots of La Cosa Notra lore, and trial details from the man who was there battling the mob families. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Randal White

    An excellent book. I have read many books about Gotti and the Gambino Family before, some good, some excellent, some not so good. This one ranks up towards the top. The book is written by the prosecuting attorney. Told through his eyes, the book offers a look into areas not revealed before. From the highs to the lows, he pulls no punches. The machinations behind the scenes are insightful. The courtroom drama is fascinating. The interactions with Gotti during breaks in the trial are great. And th An excellent book. I have read many books about Gotti and the Gambino Family before, some good, some excellent, some not so good. This one ranks up towards the top. The book is written by the prosecuting attorney. Told through his eyes, the book offers a look into areas not revealed before. From the highs to the lows, he pulls no punches. The machinations behind the scenes are insightful. The courtroom drama is fascinating. The interactions with Gotti during breaks in the trial are great. And the story of the "flipping" of Sammy Gravano is amazing. I read this book in just two days, as I just could not put it down. If you're a fan of Mafia stories, courtroom drama, or fascinating personalities, you can't go wrong with this book!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jake

    There’s an overabundance of text written about John Gotti, which is kind of wild when one considers he reigned as the head of the Gambino Crime Family for barely five years. Hell, the man was even one of the last subjects of Andy Warhol’s legendary career. His bombastic, publicity-hunting personality made him the most compelling mobster in the public eye since Al Capone but if you subtract that context, he was an uninspiring thug in a bureaucrat’s job (albeit the bureaucracy of a criminal syndic There’s an overabundance of text written about John Gotti, which is kind of wild when one considers he reigned as the head of the Gambino Crime Family for barely five years. Hell, the man was even one of the last subjects of Andy Warhol’s legendary career. His bombastic, publicity-hunting personality made him the most compelling mobster in the public eye since Al Capone but if you subtract that context, he was an uninspiring thug in a bureaucrat’s job (albeit the bureaucracy of a criminal syndicate) who was basically begging to get caught. One angle that hadn’t yet been captured in books is the legal quest to put Gotti behind bars. John Gleeson prosecuted Gotti at the beginning of his reign and led the final prosecution that brought him down. Gleeson takes the reader through the nuances of building each case, the challenges that came with prosecuting Gotti, and the mob by extension. Parts of it read like a compelling legal thriller; even when I knew what was going to happen, I was still gripping the page. Parts of it read like a law professor who’s not quite equipped to disseminate complex legal terms to layfolk such as I. About 10-15% of it is griping either about the tactics of the defense teams or the constraints of the justice system. And it’s here, as in Boss of Bosses, that I have to call bullshirt. When the federal government decides they want to “fight crime,” they look at the biggest targets available, be they drug lords or mafia chiefs or torrent kings. It’s questionable whether or not this strategy works to actually mitigate crime. Certainly, the mafia is less profitable in the States than it used to be but it ain’t as if the same crimes they were doing haven’t been gobbled up by other gangsters, save maybe gambling. And that leads to a bigger problem, kind of with this book but really with the System in general: I’ve downed a lot of mafia stuff lately. That’s on top of the stuff I’ve already read. And it’s really tough not to discern a WASP-driven bias against a group of people that are first/second/third generation immigrants. Of course, Italian-Americans, Greek-Americans and Jews were part of the Gotti prosecution and yeah, Gotti and his mob cohorts did a lot of objectively evil stuff. But the tenor with which they need to “get these guys”…I dunno. It just feels like a lot of public villainization as if this group of Italian-Americans are the source of most or all crime in America. And this book, while enlightening, still carries a whiff of that. At any rate, it’s an interesting read and folks curious about the mob and/or criminal justice should check it out.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Peterson

    I’m a true crime junkie but this is the first book I’ve read about the Gotti and the Gambino family and John Gleeson had me absolutely captivated. I’ve always been oddly fascinated with the mob—much in the same way I am with royalty. It’s an intriguing and typically glorified world that I’ve always observed from whatever documentary I caught on tv. The Gotti Wars is a riveting courtroom drama that reads a lot like the set up of Helter Skelter in that we get deep insights into not only the crimin I’m a true crime junkie but this is the first book I’ve read about the Gotti and the Gambino family and John Gleeson had me absolutely captivated. I’ve always been oddly fascinated with the mob—much in the same way I am with royalty. It’s an intriguing and typically glorified world that I’ve always observed from whatever documentary I caught on tv. The Gotti Wars is a riveting courtroom drama that reads a lot like the set up of Helter Skelter in that we get deep insights into not only the criminals and crimes but also into the prosecutor’s life and execution of the trials. The content is equally intriguing and troubling and the intimate look we get at all parties that made up these trials gives it some heart. The book takes place over the span of Gleeson’s career but focuses heavily on his two cases with Gotti. You’ll root for Gleeson as he shares his life’s ambitions and trajectory of his career. He’s humble and honest and his wins will be your wins (much like his loses will hurt for you, too). He also shares an honest lens into the men he was prosecuting. I was surprised at how human some of these mobsters were and I was especially rooting for flipped underboss Sammy “the Bull” Gravano. I shouldn’t have been considering he murdered nineteen people but nevertheless, his story was moving. You also can’t help but be star-struck by Gotti himself. He was bigger than life with an equally big personality. Clearly charismatic and crafty, he’s an unforgettable criminal that demanded Gleeson at his absolute best in order to have any chance at conviction. I split this book between audio and hard copy and the audio was well done. Sometimes these types of books can falter if the narrator is too monotone (it’s hard to narrate true crime because with so many facts there’s little room for anything but monotone) but Adam Grupper did a fantastic job. All in all, this is an epic, addicting read that’s a great option for anyone with interest in the mob, true crime fans of any type and especially for those who enjoy courtroom drama books or shows. Thank you to Scribner for the copy of this book

  6. 4 out of 5

    Angelina | Bookstagramwithange

    ✨✨True Crime Review ✨✨ . 📖 The Gotti Wars: Taking Down America’s Most Notorious Mobster 🖊 John Gleeson 📄#️⃣ 368 pages Genres: Memoir, True Crime, History, Non-Fiction. . 💭 I’d like to say thank you very much to @scribnerbooks for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! This is a true crime packed story, filled with courtroom cases and John Gotti’s history of becoming a rising mob boss to his American downfall. While a U.S. Attorney makes leads, an up and coming lawyer, Gleeso ✨✨True Crime Review ✨✨ . 📖 The Gotti Wars: Taking Down America’s Most Notorious Mobster 🖊 John Gleeson 📄#️⃣ 368 pages Genres: Memoir, True Crime, History, Non-Fiction. . 💭 I’d like to say thank you very much to @scribnerbooks for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! This is a true crime packed story, filled with courtroom cases and John Gotti’s history of becoming a rising mob boss to his American downfall. While a U.S. Attorney makes leads, an up and coming lawyer, Gleeson prosecutes the biggest mob boss in the nation. John Gleeson shares a riveting history of mafia illegalities, courtroom drama and how he was able to prosecute the Don for his crimes. . This was well-written. For something that is packed with information and enriching details, Gleeson does an amazing job writing it in Memoir narrative, making the true facts read more like a story. Such a great read if you’re interested in American mafia history and hearing the perspective from an attorney who brings justice.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    THE GOTTI WARS BY: JOHN GLEESON John Gleeson, who is the author of this outstanding account in his own words tells all about the two cases he worked on in sending John Gotti, then known as "the Teflon Don," to serving life in prison. John Gleeson tells it all and doesn't leave out any detail starting with his education at the University of Virginia to then clerking for a judge, next getting hired in a prestigious law firm to leave that promising lucrative career to go to work for the other side--a THE GOTTI WARS BY: JOHN GLEESON John Gleeson, who is the author of this outstanding account in his own words tells all about the two cases he worked on in sending John Gotti, then known as "the Teflon Don," to serving life in prison. John Gleeson tells it all and doesn't leave out any detail starting with his education at the University of Virginia to then clerking for a judge, next getting hired in a prestigious law firm to leave that promising lucrative career to go to work for the other side--a big step down in pay to become an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York in that he became a prosecutor. Who in his second bite at the apple, this time as lead prosecutor won the conviction of getting a guilty conviction of famous and ruthless crime boss of the Gambino Family, John Gotti. This was the fifth attempt by prosecuting attorneys to bring John Gotti, who managed to evade law enforcement for the first time to be convicted by a jury and sent to prison for a life sentence for RICO charges and participating and ordering a vast multitude of murders and racketeering. Most big cases in New York were prosecuted by the United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. The Southern District was known as the Flagship which meant its existence was supreme. John Gleeson went to work for the Eastern District as an Assistant United States Attorney and with him in second chair with Diane Giacalone being lead prosecutor on their first attempt to prosecute John Gotti and several other criminals led to an embarrassing acquittal. John Gleeson learned from their mistakes but it was later brought to light that there was jury tampering with one alcoholic jury member who was later brought to justice for it after John Gleeson's win in his second trial prosecuting John Gotti. This time the jury returned with a guilty verdict. Sammy "the Bull" Gravano whose testimony helped towards this author and his team get a guilty verdict that would send John Gotti away for life without parole wasn't essential. There were audibly clear admissions from the wiretap placed in the small apartment of the old lady who lived there that were incriminating enough for a conviction. Salvatore Gravano's cooperation enhanced and clarified the charges. He also admitted his role in the bribe of a juror in this author's first case with Diane Giacalone that resulted in the not guilty verdict in this author's disastrous first trial against John Gotti. He wrote a very detailed account of the Five Organized Crime Families and the one in New Jersey. This is by far the most illuminating book about La Cosa Nostra and its structure and in John Gleeson's account of how step by step he managed to not only to be able to dismantle the Gambino organized crime family but he also dismantled the other four La Cosa Nostra organized crime families who had ruled New York for most of the Twentieth Century. John Gotti was known nationwide for wearing thousand dollar suits and having his hair coiffed every day professionally who brought unwanted attention by flaunting over confidence and believing that he would never be brought to justice. I remember where I was and what I was doing when I read in Newsweek Magazine that Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti were brazenly gunned down in Midtown Manhattan at a red light in front of Spark's Steakhouse on December 16, 1985. John Gotti and Sammy Gravano were sitting in a nearby car watching it unfold. John Gotti planned Castellano's death and took his place as the leader of the Gambino family. This was not included in the first trial that John Gleeson and Diane Giacalone's first attempt of trying to convict John Gotti and several other's that they lost. Carlo Gambino was head of one of the five New York Organized Crime families in New York and through nepotism made Paul Castellano the new head of the Gambino family instead of underboss Aniello Dellacroce who while he was alive kept John Gotti in line. John Gotti hated Paul Castellano who was more businessman than tough guy and one reason, among many others, was because Castellano didn't attend Aniello Dellacroce's funeral which infuriated Gotti. Also Castellano had forbid drug dealing and drug traficking and Gotti was dealing heroin. In March 1984 wiretaps heard loudmouthed Angelo Ruggerio and John Gotti complaining about how much they hated Paul Castellano. This could be very dangerous for Gotti as it could likely become a death sentence for the "Dapper Don" John Gotti. Paul Castellano wanted the transcripts from the wiretaps by this time having been released to defense attorney's but Dellacroce stalled giving them to Castellano until his death from natural causes in December, 1985. This author had help in also having a wiretap placed inside an old ladies apartment where John Gotti met the men that reported to him which was a goldmine for his case against John Gotti which clearly outlined how a soldier became a made man. What happened at the ceremonies that took place for a soldier to become a made man, and how made men put the crime family before their own families of origin, among many other incriminating evidence that Gotti was running a criminal enterprise. He also tells the story how Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano reached out through his wife Deborah that Sammy wanted to cooperate with John Gleeson in helping to convict John Gotti. I had already read Peter Maas's book during the 1990's when all of this was going on called Underboss about Sammy the Bull's involvement by which he acted as a turncoat against John Gotti. That book is not mentioned in this book. What is disclosed by this AUSA, John Gleeson is that Salvatore Gravano had 19 murders he admitted to and he made a very credible witness who turned out to be much more intelligent than was previously assumed by law enforcement. His deal for testifying at John Gotti's trial was that his sentence have a twenty year cap and for him to disclose all of the crimes he committed so there would be no surprises when Gravano was cross examined during the trial. If it came out that Gravano held back on his agreement to disclose every crime he committed then the deal was off the table. This was extremely informative and I already knew some of what was in this book, but what I thought I knew only scratched the surface. John Gleeson lays out every detail from explaining his experience with graduating from Law School to the dynamics of what the legal jargon that makes up RICO statute in such an accessible way that kept my attention. He writes a blow by blow account of both what led up to John Gotti's arrest and the evidence for both trials of John Gotti that he took part in. I think that anybody who is remotely interested in how the five New York Organized Crime families that dominated and terrorized New York and how they were disbanded should read this book. I couldn't put it down and finished it in a day and a half. Anyone who is interested in true crime would be very interested in reading how this ethical and humble Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York with his trusted few associates that assisted him that helped him accomplish what the FBI and nobody else was able to do before for decades will find this truly mesmerizing. This author leaves nothing out while educating the reader to understand the legal jargon involved. I was so grateful to read an early copy of this and I learned so much. It was not at all dry and I found it to be a page turner. Just a final word on how long it took for this book to finally be written: since John Gotti's conviction in 1992 until recently. I have so much respect for this author's determination to rid La Cosa Nostra's stranglehold over New York and other parts of the United States. After winning this case and assisting wherever he could in countless others he became a Federal judge where he served until 2016. By reading this book you are in for an insightful and even handed glimpse into a first hand account of an all encompassing guileless behind the scenes look into how John Gotti and many others in Organized Crime historically met its demise. Publication Date: May 3, 2022 A Huge debt of gratitude and Thank you to Net Galley, John Gleeson and Scribner for providing me with my Arc in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. #TheGottiWars #JohnGleeson #ScribnerPublishing #NetGalley

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shoshana

    There was a time when John Gotti seemed to be on top of the world. Known as the "Dapper Don," he was the head of the Gambino crime family, and it seemed as if the law couldn't touch him. This book tells about the end of Gotti's reign, told by the prosecutor who finally brought him down. The government tried a number of times to convict Gotti, but in Gleeson's first try Gotti escaped with the help of a bribed juror. It was not until Gleeson was the lead prosecutor that he was able finally convict There was a time when John Gotti seemed to be on top of the world. Known as the "Dapper Don," he was the head of the Gambino crime family, and it seemed as if the law couldn't touch him. This book tells about the end of Gotti's reign, told by the prosecutor who finally brought him down. The government tried a number of times to convict Gotti, but in Gleeson's first try Gotti escaped with the help of a bribed juror. It was not until Gleeson was the lead prosecutor that he was able finally convict the so-called Dapper Don. The history of the Gotti prosecutions is very detailed, and even more interesting. Sometimes it seems as if evil always wins, and virtue tumbles. These men involved in organized crime are not lovable anti-heroes, they are brutal psychopaths who poison everything they touch. It was nice to read a book where the good guys win in such a convincing fashion. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bobbi Wagner

    I loved this crime thrilling story. This is a new author for me which I can't wait to see what more this author has for us. This is a well written story about a time in history with the mob and gangsters. It is a nonfiction story that brings this time period to life on each page. Gotti was one of the most feared and the boss of a big crime family. I enjoyed the author's attention to details that made the story fun and entertaining to read. This is a story that was hard to put down and engaging. I loved this crime thrilling story. This is a new author for me which I can't wait to see what more this author has for us. This is a well written story about a time in history with the mob and gangsters. It is a nonfiction story that brings this time period to life on each page. Gotti was one of the most feared and the boss of a big crime family. I enjoyed the author's attention to details that made the story fun and entertaining to read. This is a story that was hard to put down and engaging. This is a story that will show you a time in history where mobsters dominated and a man who becomes a great attorney. I really enjoyed this mobster story and I highy recommend it. A great story that depics a great time in history.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    The Gotti Wars is a fascinating (and chilling) inside look at one of organized crime’s most powerful members, John Gotti. Written by federal prosecutor John Gleeson, who was the lead prosecutor in several of Gotti’s trials, this is a rare first-hand account of the inner-workings of the mob, culled from trial transcripts, personal interviews by Gleeson, and the title character’s own words caught on wiretaps. The chapters that detail the interviews with mob underboss and turncoat Sammy Gravano are The Gotti Wars is a fascinating (and chilling) inside look at one of organized crime’s most powerful members, John Gotti. Written by federal prosecutor John Gleeson, who was the lead prosecutor in several of Gotti’s trials, this is a rare first-hand account of the inner-workings of the mob, culled from trial transcripts, personal interviews by Gleeson, and the title character’s own words caught on wiretaps. The chapters that detail the interviews with mob underboss and turncoat Sammy Gravano are absolutely spellbinding, and catapult this to a five star read! Fantastic book. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I would recommend this book to anyone who likes true crime, especially mob stories or courtroom drama. John Gleeson had to weave a lot of characters and events into a coherent narrative, and he did a great job. It’s interesting to learn not just about John Gotti but the inner workings of the US court system. If there was one thing I could change about this book, it would be the pacing: the first half of the book took more than half to read, but the last third flew by. I can’t tell you my favorit I would recommend this book to anyone who likes true crime, especially mob stories or courtroom drama. John Gleeson had to weave a lot of characters and events into a coherent narrative, and he did a great job. It’s interesting to learn not just about John Gotti but the inner workings of the US court system. If there was one thing I could change about this book, it would be the pacing: the first half of the book took more than half to read, but the last third flew by. I can’t tell you my favorite part because it’s a major spoiler, so you’ll just have to read it for yourself!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    Thanks to Edelweiss+ for the DRC of this title. The drama surrounding mafia boss John Gotti has been written about many times, but "The Gotti Wars" tells the legal side of the story of how the 'Teflon Don' was finally convicted and imprisoned for life. John Gleeson is not only an exceptional lawyer but an adapt story teller in this narrative non-fiction. He does a great job of balancing the intricacies of the complicated legal system with the overall impact of the mafia lifestyle. Overall it's a gr Thanks to Edelweiss+ for the DRC of this title. The drama surrounding mafia boss John Gotti has been written about many times, but "The Gotti Wars" tells the legal side of the story of how the 'Teflon Don' was finally convicted and imprisoned for life. John Gleeson is not only an exceptional lawyer but an adapt story teller in this narrative non-fiction. He does a great job of balancing the intricacies of the complicated legal system with the overall impact of the mafia lifestyle. Overall it's a great read for any mafia fan.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Donita Jones

    THE GOTTI WARS Taking Down America's Most Notorious Mobster by John Gleeson This is a fascinating look into the trials of John Gotti, aka The Teflon Don, aka The Dapper Don by the Assistant Prosecutor and the author John Gleeson. Gleeson helped bring down the Gambino Crime Family. It was not without personal expense. For anyone who enjoys true crime this is a captivating look into this world. This is a well written 5 star read. THE GOTTI WARS Taking Down America's Most Notorious Mobster by John Gleeson This is a fascinating look into the trials of John Gotti, aka The Teflon Don, aka The Dapper Don by the Assistant Prosecutor and the author John Gleeson. Gleeson helped bring down the Gambino Crime Family. It was not without personal expense. For anyone who enjoys true crime this is a captivating look into this world. This is a well written 5 star read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Walk in the shoes of John Gleeson as he learns the ropes of the law system and works with Diane Giacalone to take down mafia don John Gotti. Follow all the twists and turns in this page-turner to find out how Gleeson finally pinned charges that stuck to this late 20th century crime boss. A great read for anyone interested in criminal law or true crime.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Artie Monahan

    Well written Mr. Gleason and his co-writer did a great job reporting on their extensive, delicate investigation of Organized Crime. Expertly and professionally dismantled powerful Organized crime families. It was not an easy task but they were persistent and accomplished their mission.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    The prosecutor of the John Gotti Trials, gives a fascinating look at what goes on when you're the prosecutor of a well known crime family. He pieces together a story that captures and keeps your interest in the story. The prosecutor of the John Gotti Trials, gives a fascinating look at what goes on when you're the prosecutor of a well known crime family. He pieces together a story that captures and keeps your interest in the story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lester Rosen

    Excellent read Had all the facts. Great background how the case against Gotti and others was put together and justified why Sammy got such a light sentence. Who knows how many life's were saved due to putting out of commission all the persons he did. It was a fair trade. Excellent read Had all the facts. Great background how the case against Gotti and others was put together and justified why Sammy got such a light sentence. Who knows how many life's were saved due to putting out of commission all the persons he did. It was a fair trade.

  18. 4 out of 5

    J

    great book Great book easy read read it fast couldn’t put it down Learned allot I didn’t know I would highly recommend

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Guerra

    Thank you NetGalley for the eARC. This book wasnt diction but it reads like a novel! So interesting! I love behind the scenes scenarios!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heather-le Byrd

    One of the most fascinating true crime books I've ever read. One of the most fascinating true crime books I've ever read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Seashelli

    As one in the legal field. I loved the insight and behind the scenes look at what truly went on during the trials. I couldn’t put it down. Bravo!

  22. 5 out of 5

    David Blake

    Terrific play-by-play off the legal machinations involved in finally bringing Gotti to justice!

  23. 5 out of 5

    eileen.M.boyce

    Gotti Wars Fascinating inside look at the efforts of many fine people to bring a criminal to justice and the price they paid for that effort

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cathy McDonald

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bailey Grace

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rho

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mickey Donovan

  28. 5 out of 5

    jenny

  29. 4 out of 5

    Richard S. Aronson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pat Kelly

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