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Double Cross

The Explosive Inside Story of the Mobster Who Controlled America
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
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One of the most feared Chicago mobsters, Sam Giancana, clawed his way to the top of the Mafia hierarchy by starting as a hit man for Al Capone. He was known as one of the best vehicle escape artists, a tenacious business man, and a ruthless killer. He partied with major stars such as Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe and did business with agents ranging from the CIA to the Vatican to the shah of Iran. When politician Joe Kennedy gave Giancana the chance to use mob muscle to get his son John elected, Giancana jumped at the task. But the Kennedy brothers double-crossed him, waging full-out war on organized crime throughout the United States. And Giancana went after them.  

Written with suspense and conviction, we learn about how the CIA asked Giancana to assassinate Fidel Castro. The book includes Giancana's testimony about the truth of his involvement in the deaths of Monroe and others. Chuck Giancana, Sam's brother, contributes a unique perspective of the mob's relationship with the Bay of Pigs and many other pivotal events of the '60s and beyond. Double Cross is an eye-opening account of the interworking of the government and the mob and how this relationship has impacted American history.

©1992 Sam Giancana, Chuck Giancana, and Bettina Giancana; Foreword copyright 2014 by Bettina Giancana and Sam Giancana (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Skip Drake
  • 2019-03-07

Moony

Everything in the book is probable and I'm sure a lot is true. For that matter it could all be true but without corroboration it's hear say. It does fit into the myths and conjecture about that time in US history. Sam Giancanna was an iconic and consequential character of that era. Well worth reading.

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  • Randall Mayer
  • 2019-03-13

Must read answers a lot of questions

It drags a little in the middle and is not a thriller but worth the listen. Reveals and explains a lot of how things work. Especially assasinations and government corruption.

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  • jack
  • 2019-03-06

Boss of Bosses

The best mobster book! Why a movie hasn't been made of his extraordinary life is what I asked myself after reading just so amazing

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  • A. Leon
  • 2019-08-04

amazing!!! a must read!!!!

loved it! i have been watching making of the mob and read red mist and blonde (about marilyn and jfk) and this book was such a treat!!! must buy!!!

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  • Chad
  • 2019-07-23

Gripping inside look

This book was a gripping inside look into periods and events in history that our history books in school never talk about!

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  • Mr.K
  • 2019-03-20

Narrator is awful. Constantly lowers his voice to a almost whisper making it extremely hard to hear unless very loud.

Narrator is awful. Constantly lowers his voice to a almost whisper making it extremely hard to hear unless very loud. His narration ruins otherwise a superb book. I read this book about 30 years ago.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-09-27

Big Answers to Bigger Questions

This book reads as completely credible. All the outstanding descriptions of alliances and coverups ring true. There are lots of facts and little drama. This is more like an American history book than anything else. Double Cross is a well chosen title.

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  • V. Rio
  • 2019-08-28

Great book

A little jumpy with a lot of filler but very enjoyable and a repeat book for myself

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-21

Sensational must read <br />

Book provides incredible insights to Mob power and JFK assassination. History under estimated power behind the scenes.

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  • Adam
  • 2019-07-08

Pronunciation

I think this book is pretty good. With that said it’s very difficult to listen to because the last name is not pronounced correctly.