Former La Cosa Nostra boss Ralph Natale offers a never-before-told story of life and death inside Philadelphia’s organized crime family.
As the last Don of the Philadelphia mob and first ever to turn state’s evidence, Ralph Natale's reign atop the Philadelphia and New Jersey underworlds brought the region's mafia back to prominence in the 1990s.
Smart, savvy, and articulate, Natale came up in the mob and saw first-hand as it hatched its plan to control Atlantic City’s casino unions. Later on, after spending 16 years in prison, he reclaimed the family as his own after a bloody mob war that left bodies scattered across South Philly. Natale forged connections around the country, invigorated the family with more allies than it had in two decades, and achieved a status within the mob never seen before or since until he was betrayed by his men and, in a stunning turn of events, decided to testify against them.
With the full cooperation of Natale, New York Daily News reporter Larry McShane and producer Dan Pearson deliver revelatory insights into seminal events in American mob history, including:
- Jimmy Hoffa's last-ditch courting of the mob before his disappearance
- The murder of Jewish mob icon Bugsy Siegel
- The mob's takeover of Atlantic City
McShane and Pearson uncover the deadly reign of the last great mob boss of Philadelphia, a tale that covers a half-century of mob lore—and gore.
About the Author
LARRY MCSHANE is a 35-year veteran city reporter currently with the New York Daily News. The award-winning Seton Hall University graduate was a two-time AP New York State Staffer of the Year. He is the author of Cops Under Fire and the upcoming Chin: The Life and Crimes of Mafia Boss Vincent Gigante.
DAN PEARSON is the executive producer of Discovery’s I Married a Mobster and has been an entertainment industry veteran for over twenty years.
- Black-and-white photographs
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
- True Crime / Organized Crime