He was known as one of the best vehicle escape artists, a tenacious business man, and a ruthless killer. 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. The book includes Giancana's testimony about the truth of his involvement in the deaths of Monroe and others, among others.
Chuck Giancana, Sam's brother, contributes a unique perspective of the mobs relationship with the Bay of Pigs and many other pivotal events of the 60's 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. Mar 10, Nick Hart rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book.
I did not know much about Sam Giancana or the Outfit before this. It was a fascinating read. I was drawn to it because it claimed to discuss topics like the JFK assassination. It is written like a novel, even though it is from the perspective of Chuck Giancana, Sam's younger brother, and information that he learned through his brother. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in controversial things, or someone who just wants to get an inside look into organiz I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in controversial things, or someone who just wants to get an inside look into organized crime.
One thing I will say, you have to take what is said as a grain of salt. A lot of the information is presented through what Sam tells Chuck, so it could be ego talking things up to a younger brother or could be really be true. It is essentially some information that you can determine if you want to belive it or not. Apr 02, Todd rated it it was ok.
While Sam Giancana's story is fairly interesting as a whole, this book was written by his little brother Chuck and nearly everything in the book is simply stories of what Sam told Chuck about various events. He includes just enough details to make the stories somewhat plausible, but still falls far short of being convincing. The whole book comes across more like bragging and exaggeration about how powerful Giancana really was rather than any sort of accurate biography. View 2 comments. Shelves: biography. This is basically a biography of Sam Giancana, ultimately the head of the Chicago 'outfit', as told through the eyes of his younger brother, Chuck, and as written, mostly, by his namesake godson.
Other than offering some insight into the 20th century Italian mob the book is filled with remarkable revelations, all undocumented, concerning mob involvement in the assassinations of Anton Cermak, the Kennedy brothers, Marilyn Monroe, Patrice Lumumba and others. So, too, are revelations concerning the This is basically a biography of Sam Giancana, ultimately the head of the Chicago 'outfit', as told through the eyes of his younger brother, Chuck, and as written, mostly, by his namesake godson.
So, too, are revelations concerning the connections between the mob and such notables as Richard Daley, Joe Kennedy, the Rat Pack, various CIA operatives and officers, Lee Harvey Oswald, Richard Nixon and members of the Pritzker family one of whom is currently running for office in Illinois.
Although anecdotal, based as they are on what Sam purportedly told Chuck, most of these affiliations are, however, documented in other sources. All in all, this narrative is rather upsetting, upsetting enough, one hopes, to draw its readers to other, more well documented studies. Apr 03, Steven rated it really liked it Shelves: biography , true-crime , read , history.
An incredible story of the life of mob boss Sam Giancana. Some of the information I knew, but there was much that was new to me including mob involvement with several assassinations, although I found the information surrounding the last assassination a bit difficult to believe. I am also surprised by the depth of details the author was able to recall, and that Sam Giancana told his brother so much; I would have thought he would not have told anyone, and yet perhaps he needed a confidante.
I kept hoping it would become more interesting, but I just can't get through it. Surprising, as I typically love true crime and anything about the golden days of Gangsters.
Wow, a captivating read. The detailed accusations of deception and murder depicted in this book are absolutely unbelievable History or fiction, I loved it! Jul 02, Max rated it liked it. What can anyone say? Let's be real: we've all heard whispers about the roles that Lee Harvey Oswald played that of a patsy and the roles that Jack Ruby played a lone crusader, out to avenge the murder of our beloved president but, in reality, Giancana's brother links Oswald to the Mob in more ways than one.
He also places two different shooters in the Dallas Book Depository beside Meh. He also places two different shooters in the Dallas Book Depository besides Oswald and tells us that police officer J. Tippett was involved in the assassination, as well, being a cop from Chicago who worked for Giancana associates there.
Jack Ruby was also involved with Giancana in Chicago and was set up in Dallas years before the assassination in the nightclub business to familiarize himself with police so that they would know him. In reality, he drew no attention when he was in the basement when Oswald was being moved for arraignment for the shooting of JFK; therefore he was able to approach Oswald to fire the bullet that silenced him and, forevermore, silenced the one man who could possibly link all of the different players in the assassination.
This was the highlight of the book, BTW. Oct 07, Bookcase Jim rated it it was amazing. I read Double Cross years ago so I can't get into much detail with this review. It's not because I'm a conspiracy theory nut, but if it isn't how it happened, it means there were a series of seriously unfortunate 'coincidences' surrounding the whole mess.
Just read it and see for yourself, it's an awesome read, I highly recommend. May 11, Jimbot rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: everyone. Goes in depth with the giancana family for years. Whats really good about this book is the struggle they went though. However, it's also interesting to read about the St.
Valentines Day massacre from one of the people involved. There are talks of running with Capone. I don't want to give too much of the book away though. Read it for yourself if you like the Sopranos or Godfather. Mar 30, J. Ewbank rated it liked it Shelves: crime.
This is a book about an area of American life that I am not familiar with, the mafia, or whatever you want to call organized crime. Most of the information for the book comes from Sam's discussions with his brother Chuck. It makes for a very interesting and lively book at times but has some slow reading at other times.
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In all, I'm glad that I read it because it presents information that I was not aware of before. Jul 16, Michael L. Back in the day, I was interested in all things mob-related. I had not heard of Sam Giancana, but came across this book one day and decided to give it a try. While I do not condone the machinations of one such as Sam, it was a very interesting read about about his life and dealings.
Once caught within the grasp of the pages, I could not put it down until done. Apr 18, Mike rated it liked it. You have to take this book with a grain of salt That helps if you are reading and cooking at the same time.
This book is written by the brother and grandson of former mob boss Sam Giancana. In this book he talks about how Sam admits to his brother Chuck that he was involved in the Kennedy assaniation. Still it's a good book and pretty informative. From the one man on earth with whom Sam "Mooney" Giancana could share his most incriminating and dangerous secrets, his younger brother Chuck, comes the entire Giancana saga. Very interesting book about one of the Mafias most feared leaders.
Jul 26, Craig Brisco rated it liked it. It was interesting but no real new information. If you watched JFK this book names the same people in the book that the movie mentions. Reads like fiction - a fast paced, engaging book. Excellent read!
Also makes you wonder how much of it was true.
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