The Mad Ones

The Mad Ones

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

Book - 2008
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"'The Mad Ones' chronicles the rise and fall of the Gallo brothers, a trio of reckless young gangsters whose revolution against New York City's Mafia was inspired by Crazy Joe Gallo's forays into Greenwich Village counterculture."--dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Weinstein Books, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781602860810
Call Number: 364.106 FOLSOM
Characteristics: x, 244 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Subjects: Gallo, Joey, 1929-1972.
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 1951-
Mafia -- New York (State) -- New York.
Criminals -- New York (State) -- New York.


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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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