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The Mad Ones

Nonfiction: True Crime / Organized Crime
Unabridged   6 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/26/2009

The Mad Ones

Crazy Joey Gallo and the Revolution at the Edge of the Underworld

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Audio CD ISBN:9781615730223
Digital Download ISBN:9781615730230


The New York Times bestseller and true story of the 1960s trio of rebellious young gangsters, the Gallo boys, who inspired a Bob Dylan ballad and The Godfather trilogy.

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In the 1960s, a trio of rebellious young gangsters, the Gallo boys, sought to overthrow the reigning New York Mafia Dons and create a dynasty for themselves—an underworld revolution that was fueled by their leader’s immersion into the era’s countercultural revolution. The Gallo boys are steeped in legend, from being the subject of a Bob Dylan ballad to serving as inspiration for The Godfather trilogy to appearing in photo spreads in Life. Yet never before has their complete story been told.

Now, “with the authority, swagger, and flavor of a true insider” (ForeWord magazine) Tom Folsom finally gives Red Hook, Brooklyn’s most notorious figures their due and captures the radical spirit of 1960s New York City.


”Actor/narrator Josh Clark delivers a stylistic performance of this compelling tale.”
      —Library Journal

“Part Puzo, part Kerouac . . . Brutal and elegiac, the story of Crazy Joe and the Gallo brothers is one for the ages. The Mad Ones belongs on a shelf alongside the best of Breslin and Pileggi.”
      —T.J. English, New York Times bestselling author of Havana Nocturne and The Westies

“Riveting, richly atmospheric pulp nonfiction . . . prose as tight and hard-boiled as any James Ellroy novel . . . [A] novelistic study of an iconoclastic criminal in revolutionary times.”
      —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Folsom writes with the authority, swagger, and flavor of a true insider—or at the very least, a low-level Mafioso—in this enthralling tale of power, blood, and glory.”
      —ForeWord Magazine

“The real fun of this book is [you’re] never quite sure what’s going to happen next.  . . . You couldn’t make this up.”
      —Michael Hill, Associated Press Writer

Author Bio

TOM FOLSOM is a writer, director, and producer of television documentaries for A&E and Showtime, and the co-author of Mr. Untouchable: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of Heroin’s Teflon Don written with its subject, drug-kingpin Nicky Barnes. He lives in New York City.