• The Last Gangster

  • From Cop to Wiseguy to FBI Informant: Big Ron Previte and the Fall of the American Mob
  • By: George Anastasia
  • Narrated by: Chris Monteiro
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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The Last Gangster

By: George Anastasia
Narrated by: Chris Monteiro
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As a cop, Ron Previte was corrupt. As a mobster, he was brutal. And in his final role, as a confidential informant to the FBI, Previte was deadly. The Last Gangster is his story—the story of the last days of the Philadelphia Mob, and of the clash of generations that brought it down once and for all.

For thirty-five years, Ron Previte roamed the underworld. A six-foot, three-hundred-pound capo in the Philadelphia-South Jersey crime family, he ran every mob scam and gambit from drug trafficking and prostitution to the extortion of millions from Atlantic City. By the 1990s, Previte, an old-school workhorse, found himself answering to younger mob bosses like "Skinny Joe" Merlino, who seemed increasingly spoiled, cocky, and careless.

Convinced that the honor of the "business" was gone, he became the FBI's secret weapon in an intense and highly personalized war on the Philadelphia mob. Operating with the same guile, wit, and stone-cold bravado that had made him a force in the underworld—and armed with only a wiretap secured to his crotch—Previte recorded it all; the murder, the mayhem, and even the story of mob boss Ralph Natale's affair with his youngest daughter's best friend. Previte and his FBI cronies eventually prevailed, securing the convictions of his nemeses, "Skinny Joey" Merlino and Ralph Natale.

©2004 George Anastasia (P)2022 Tantor

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Sensational

loved it, not a dull moment. very detailed storytelling. if chronically factually believeable. wow the people that walks amongst us. my hats off.

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good listen

enjoyed it if your into mafia and dysfunctional organized crime your gonna enjoy it very much

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it's mafia

if you like the mob you will like the book. it's not the best I've listened to but it's not the worst. It's a little slow to start but gets better.