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3.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 53.29 out of 5 3.29 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Calabrese Jr. Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN:
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The Calabrese family of Chicago is a close-knit, middle-class, multi-generational Italian-Irish-American clan. They operate family businesses. They work day and night striving for the American Dream. All three sons forge a bond with their controlling father, Frank Sr., and their soft-spoken favorite uncle, Nick. As a boy, the oldest son, Frank Jr., realizes that his father and uncle are also made members of another close-knit family: the outfit.

In Operation Family Secrets, Frank Calabrese, Jr., tells the turbulent tale of a family dominated by a violent patriarch who breaks a long-standing unwritten outfit code and brings the street into his home by enlisting two of his sons into the outfit's 26th Street/Chinatown crew. Calabrese reveals for the first time the outfit's made ceremony and describes being put to work alongside his father and uncle in loan sharking, gambling, labor racketeering, and extortion, and plotting the slaying of a fellow gangster, while they commit the bombing murder of a trucking executive, the gangland execution of two mobsters whose burial in an Indiana cornfield was reenacted in Martin Scorsese's blockbuster film Casino, and numerous other hits.

The Calabrese crew's colossal earnings and extreme ruthlessness made them both a dreaded criminal gang and the object of an intense FBI inquiry. Eventually Frank Jr., his father, and Uncle Nick are convicted on racketeering violations, and Junior and Senior are sent to the same federal penitentiary in Michigan. Upon arrival, Frank Jr. makes a life-changing decision: to go straight rather than agree to his father's plans to resume crew activities after serving his sentence. But he needs to keep his father behind bars in order to regain control of his life and save his family. Frank Jr. makes a secret deal with prosecutors, and for six months - unmonitored and unprotected - he wears a wire as his father recounts decades of hideous crimes.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joanna Madsen | 2/13/2014

    " As interesting as the premise of this book was, I thought the writing itself was pretty lacking. Frank JR throws out mob names left and right expecting you to keep track of them all, Whig is impossible if you split up reading the booms across multiple days/weeks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 2/8/2014

    " Only once in my life have I experience the quintessential movie moment where everyone you encounter one morning is reading the same article from the newspaper. When I lived in Chicago, during the period of about a week, almost everyone I passed reading a newspaper was reading about "Family Secrets" in the Tribune. I got this book as a result. An interesting insight into the criminal mind and the inner workings of the mafia. Not something I hope to need to know much about, but interesting nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Milford | 1/13/2014

    " Interesting true-life story of a guy who informed on his mafioso father. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margo | 1/13/2014

    " This book was super interesting. It had a lot of different characters to keep straight but even if you get a little lost the overall concept and theme is easy to follow. I didn't know a lot about the mob scene in Chicago which might have helped me follow a long a little bit easier. Overall I really liked the book and my heart goes out to the sons of Frank Sr. I couldn't even image having to deal with the situations they were put in. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cheri | 1/10/2014

    " Bad writing, bad people, bad book. A little too boastful for my taste. I don't think a bad guy gets to profit from his badness. Glad that I checked it out from the library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Marble | 12/25/2013

    " This is the true story of the notorious Calabrese family from Chicago and their criminal activities, and is far more gripping than 'The Godfather' mainly because it is true, true, true. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom Balistreri | 12/24/2013

    " Interesting at first, but it begins to drag as it goes on... It does pick up some in the middle, but quickly drops back into repetitive descriptions of mob murders and other crimes and FBI's case... Would have been much better if it was about 100 pages shorter... Overall disappointed.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 dejah_thoris | 12/21/2013

    " Half the book involves the actual crimes and the other half the case against his father, Frank Calabrese Sr. Still cannot imagine betraying a parent like this but Jr. has guts to do so. A bit confusing at times with all the people interconnected with various crimes but overall a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 12/8/2013

    " This is obviously not a literary work of art but it was very interesting. I liked all the stories about Melrose and Elmwood Park. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tisa | 12/5/2013

    " Son had to turn in his father, who abused him, introduced him into the mob, and cared more for the mob, instead of his own family. I like this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 11/20/2013

    " There were sooooo many characters in this book, all their names were similar and it was very choppy and skipped around. I got the gist of it, and as a whole, it's a good story, but I thought it was very hard to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tmwaysok | 6/4/2013

    " I loved reading a book that is so close to home. People and places I know of are in this book and that inspired me to read and watch more films on the subject. The writing left me wanting more and often sounded more FBI influenced than a personal story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meleya | 5/23/2013

    " Another book with too many characters to keep straight. Interesting story and I'm glad he told it but I wish the writing were better and I could remember each person as they were discussed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deadbeatgrandpajoe | 10/17/2012

    " My only complaint was i wish there were pics. It would have been easier to keep up with all those names if thye had faces. Also wish he gave better descriptions of the "players". Otherwise I enjoyed the book. I relly think he turnedin his Dad to "even the score" with him "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Earl | 9/13/2012

    " Excellent read. Very well written. Takes you inside the Chicago Outfit like never before. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenna | 8/25/2012

    " Meh. I wanted to like this book. The author did a really good interview on Fresh Air, but it turned out to be just meh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/3/2012

    " I thought the book was very interesting. All the violence in the movies really takes place! However, the writing is very amateur and at times drifted into tangents. But, the content is fascinating and I found Frank Calabrese, Jr. to be a very noble individual and very likeable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Sikora Toronyi | 3/29/2012

    " I will need to read this a second time just to keep all the names straight. I found this to be an interesting read because of its timely nature and its location. Having been born and raised in Chicago, the places named and the locations written about are very well known to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/1/2012

    " Excellent book. I could hardly put it down. A book about a family, an abusive father and how the son brought it all down. An excellent quick, don't want to put it down, read..... much better than "The GodFather". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathie | 11/22/2011

    " I enjoyed this book but mostly because it takes place in the neighborhood I grew up in. It is a bit long with plenty of details about the making of the case against some of Chicago's most notorious modern day mobsters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cath | 11/7/2011

    " I felt this book was somewhat self serving. Frank Jr. really doesn't take much responsibility and I'm not sure I believe that he never hurt anyone physically. I also would have liked to hear more about the lifestyle and less about the trial. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 6/2/2011

    " Amazing that any member of the mob can break free particularly when it entails turning in your dad.... Gripping, violent and somehow amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 4/19/2011

    " This book is really interesting and if you are from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs a lot of familiar places are listed. Crazy that this is all based on truth too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 3/15/2011

    " Amazing that any member of the mob can break free particularly when it entails turning in your dad.... Gripping, violent and somehow amazing. "

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