Gotti's Rules

Gotti's Rules

The Story of John Alite, Junior Gotti, and the Demise of the American Mafia

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Told from the perspective a wiseguy who was there and based on FBI files and interviews with witnesses, insiders and experts, a true crime story from the best-selling author of Blood and Honor unveils the lives of the Gotti crime family. 75,000 first printing.


From the New York Times bestselling author of Blood and Honor and The Last Gangster—“one of the most respected crime reporters in the country” (60 Minutes)—comes the sure to be headline-making inside story of the Gotti and Gambino families, told from the unique viewpoint of notorious mob hit-man John Alite, a close associate of Junior Gotti who later testified against him.

In Gotti’s Rules, George Anastasia, a prize-winning reporter who spent over thirty years covering crime, offers a shocking and very rare glimpse into the Gotti family, witnessed up-close from former family insider John Alite, John Gotti Jr.’s longtime friend and protector. Until now, no one has given up the kind of personal details about the Gottis—including the legendary “Gotti Rules” of leadership—that Anastasia exposes here. Drawing on extensive FBI files and other documentation, his own knowledge, and exclusive interviews with insiders and experts, including mob-enforcer-turned-government-witness Alite, Anastasia pokes holes in the Gotti legend, demystifying this notorious family and its lucrative and often deadly machinations.

Anastasia offers never-before-heard information about the murders, drug dealing, and extortion that propelled John J. Gotti to the top of the Gambino crime family and the treachery and deceit that allowed John A. “Junior” Gotti to follow in his father’s footsteps. Told from street level and through the eyes of a wiseguy who saw it all firsthand, the result is a riveting look at a family whose hubris, violence, passion, and greed fueled a bloody rise and devastating fall that is still reverberating through the American underworld today.

Gotti’s Rules includes 8 pages of black-and-white photographs.

& Taylor

Told from the perspective of a wiseguy who was there and based on FBI files and interviews with witnesses, insiders, and experts, a true crime story unveils the lives of the Gotti crime family.

Publisher: New York : Dey Street, 2015
ISBN: 9780062346872
Branch Call Number: 364.106 ALITE ANAST
Characteristics: 328 pages. ; cm


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Nov 15, 2015

Author George Anastasia offers a fresh perspective on the Teflon Don's legacy by collaborating with one of the Gambino Crime Family's most notorious foot soldiers. Using extensive interviews with John Alite - "Junior" Gotti's right hand man - the source material shatters many myths surrounding Gotti's reign in the late 1980s. While everyone saw him as the Dapper Don, the reality according to Alite was the exact opposite. Having his clothes picked out for him whenever he was out in front of the cameras, behind the scenes, Gotti was nothing more than a boorish thug who broke every rule that he expected his family to follow. But the real meat of the book deals with his kid, aka "Dumbfella." Whether all the facts in this book are true is debatable but true crime fans will love it!


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