The Mad Ones

The Mad Ones

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

Book - 2008
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A powerful collision of true crime and pop culture, "The Mad Ones" captures the revolutionary spirit of the 1960s and brings to life Mafioso Joey Gallo, one of the most vibrant antiheroes in American history.
Publisher: New York : Weinstein Books, c2008.
ISBN: 9781602860810
Characteristics: x, 244 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,24 cm.


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Nov 16, 2014

"Crazy Joe" Gallo was a psychopathic mafioso, who bullied, extorted, and seemingly murdered people, while enjoying driving small-business people into bankruptcy. He also read philosophy, created art, and played a hipster, hanging around Greenwich Village where he became the toast of New York's glitterati. If you're curious about this sometimes-complex gangster who was entertained in the homes of New York's liberal elite, and who was lionized by Bob Dylan in the song, "Joey", this book is worth a read. But only if you can tolerate terrible writing. The author cannot keep track of who he's writing about from the beginning of a paragraph to the end. On pages 46-7, he literally adds five and five and gets thirty. Despite Dylan's opinion, Folsom shows clearly that Joe Gallo was not a Robin Hood figure, and certainly not "king of the streets."

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