A veteran mobster who walked away from “The Life” with his head held high offers road-tested life lessons that served him well inside and outside La Cosa Nostra.
Some Mafia dons have their heads blown off. Others live long enough to expire peacefully in their own beds. In either event, Ferrante—who left prison behind eight years ago to become a well-respected author—insists that today’s CEOs, middle managers and employees would do well to learn a thing or two from their counterparts in the underworld. Building his case in concise, economical prose, Ferrante draws on an extensive knowledge of world events, mob lore and personal experience to deliver an engrossing sophomore effort that reads like a rousing memoir, meditation on world history and Mafia exposé all in one. Who would have thought that George Washington had so much in common with Lucky Luciano, the “Founding Father” of the American mob, or that there was something good to be said for “Scarface” Al Capone? In eschewing mob violence, Ferrante has nonetheless retained an appreciation for the way the mob operates as a successful business enterprise. When it works, Ferrante writes, it’s a blueprint for the way businesses in the “legit” world ought to operate. And when it doesn’t, it’s a sobering cautionary tale for every over-reaching CEO, power-hungry middle manager and clueless employee.
Punctuated with the dark humor you’d expect from a graduate of the streets, a thoughtful treatise with implications far outside the boardroom.