• Blood and Honor

  • Inside the Scarfo Mob - The Mafia's Most Violent Family
  • By: George Anastasia
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (109 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Here is the critically acclaimed inside story, now in an expanded edition, about the rise and fall of Philadelphia's notorious Scarfo organization. Blunt and unsparing, it is a firsthand account of murder, money, and corruption told by wiseguy-turned-witness Nick Caramandi, whose testimony put Nicky Scarfo and many of his associates behind bars for the rest of their lives. A prime target for hit men to this day, Caramandi continues to survive only through the government's Witness Protection Program. In this updated edition of Blood and Honor, author George Anastasia picks up the story where he left off, filling us in on the fates of all the characters - major and minor - in recent years.

Contains mature themes.

©1991, 2004 George Anastasia and Nick Caramandi (P)2021 Tantor

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So So

First of all , I am not crazy about this narrator. I believe it is the same schlep that did Gottis Rules by John Alite. As far as the story , it is more about Nick the Crow than it is about the Philly mob. It is not bad but there are better stories. One of the best in my opinion is Mafia Prince by Phil Leonetti. The story is great and the narration is superb. He really puts you there on the scene .Way better than this .

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Interesting insight into Philly during Scarfo era

Listened to interviews from Phil Leonetti and Ralph Natale before reading this. Was interested in the Philly underworld (not little Nicky specifically I knew he was a psychopath and an egomaniac) and this one delivered on what life was like in both the Angelo Bruno and Scarfo era.

Good also to get an account on what Leonetti and others were like as they always tend to paint Scarfo as the only bad guy and everybody else as victims. They were all bad. Don't expect to find any semi decent guys or Godfather like mobsters in this story.

recommended to anyone interested in Nicky Scarfo or anyone around him or the Philly mob during the 70-80's in general.

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  • 08-24-21

Interesting story.

Definitely no surprise the crow rated. after all, we're taking about the guy who tried to hustle a kid out of his baseball card money. Plenty of blood, but not much honor. Regardless, the book was an excellent read(listen). The author and narrator are both perfect!

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Narrator sucks.

This narrator is hard to listen to when he reads mafia books. He should read Childress books.

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Scarfo a true cold blooded gangster

The story tells the first hand stories and life of a Philly mob capo turned snitch. The story shares details inside the Philly mob during the Scarfo ruling era. If you enjoy this, check out Mafia Prince.

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Not bad tho

My opinion is Mafia Prince by Phillip Leonetti was much better. Not bad though

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Disappointing

disappointing with some inaccuracies. The Leonetti book was much more insightful and dare say entertaining.

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Better the second time

Excellent glimpse into the Scarfo eranfrom the perspective of a rank and file guy. Highly recommend.

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Entertaining to say the least

Book takes you completely away from whatever you’re doing. I found myself in traffic thoroughly entertained. I learned a lot and enjoyed the book.

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Amazing!!!

The narrator Joe Barrett killed it as usual! I think as far as Mafia and organized crime genres this book ranks in the top five. It grabbed my attention right from the beginning and all the way through to the end of the book. truly a great book!

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  • DEAN
  • 08-29-22

brilliant

Great book couldn't stop listening once I started brilliant characters and great stories throughout

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