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The Ultimate Book of Gangster Movies
Featuring the 100 Greatest Gangster Films of All Time
By (author) George Anastasia By (author) Glen Macnow Foreword by Joe Pistone


The gangster movie is one of the most popular genres in film. From the Italian, Irish, and Russian “families” in America to similarly sinister groups in Europe, Japan, and beyond, the cinema has never shied away from portraying the evil exploits of these brutal outfits. In this highly entertaining and informative book, two accomplished and apropos authors put the genre in perspective like no other author or documentarian has done before.

The Ultimate Book of Gangster Movies provides extensive reviews of the Top 100 gangster films of all time, including sidebars like “Reality Check,” “Hit and Miss,” “I Know That Guy,” “Body Count,” and other fun and informative features. Also included are over a dozen stand-alone chapters such as Sleeper “Hits,” “Fugazi” Flops, Guilty Pleasures, Lost Treasures, Q&A Interviews with top actors and directors (including Chazz Palinteri, Michael Madsen, Joe Mantagna, and more), plus over 50 compelling photographs.

Foreword by Joe Pistone, the FBI agent and mob infiltrator who wrote the bestselling book and acclaimed movie, Donnie Brasco.

about George Anastasia and Glen Macnow and Joe Pistone

  • Glen Macnow has been a popular talk-radio host for over 14 years on Philadelphia's 610-AM WIP, where he currently hosts the midday sports-and-entertainment show daily from 10am-2pm, which includes the weekly feature, “The Movie Club for Men.” He is the author of the acclaimed book, The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies, as well as five other successful titles. He lives outside Philadelphia, PA.

    George Anastasia is one of America's foremost experts on organized crime. A crime reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer for decades, he has written five books about the mob, including Blood & Honor, which Pullitzer Prize-winning author Jimmy Breslin called “the best gangster book ever written.” Anastasia's work also appears in The Village Voice, Playboy, and others, and he is the co-host of “The Crime Guys,” a call-in radio show on Philadelphia's 1210-AM Sundays at 9 pm. He lives outside Philadelphia.

  • Glen Macnow has been a host on 610-WIP sports talk radio for eleven years, following a career as a sportswriter for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He has written more than 15 books, including two extremely popular volumes he co-authored on local sports-The Great Philadelphia Fan Book and The Great Philadelphia Sports Debate. Big Daddy Graham has been with WIP for nine years. He is one of the most successful standup comics ever in Philadelphia, working more than 4,000 shows and appearing with stars such as Ray Charles and Smokey Robinson. He is a features reporter for FOX-29 TV in Philadelphia.
  • Joseph D. Pistone is the legendary FBI Special Agent who put his life on the line to infiltrate the U.S. Mafia for six years, resulting in the convictions of over 200 mobsters. He lives in an undisclosed location.


Philadelphia Inquirer
"A lucid, opinionated, and engaging book.”

Gangland News
“Engaging, entertaining, easy read…includes everything you ever thought you wanted to know—and more—about the men, for the most part, who produced, directed, and acted in their top 100 gangster films.”

other editions

  • Paperback | ISBN 9780762441549
    Pub date: 09/27/2011 | Price: 23.00 Canada/$20.00
    352 Pages
    PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General

  • eBook | ISBN 9780762443703
    Pub date: 09/27/2011 | Price: 16.99 Canada/$12.99
    352 Pages
    PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
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