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The Silent Don: The Criminal Underworld of Santo Trafficante Jr. Paperback – 15 Feb 2009
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This is where The Silent Don shines, where it begins to show Trafficante as more of a worldly player. Admittedly it was his casinos in Cuba that gave him his power, that made him respected by the other more established and violent Families around the country, but this was one area that Trafficante excelled past his father, who ultimately set everything up for Jr. to step in and succeed. Trafficante Jr. did so well we don't really know too much about him.
This is part of the reason why this loses a star because it almost feels like it is missing something, or that there isn't enough evidence to support everything that is stated. The bio itself is rather short, since it lacks in source material, which is rather strange for a mafia don who lived for so long and controlled such a large area, not to mention had the influence that he had with other mafia dons. When all is said and done it is a decent biography, one definitely worth reading, and perhaps the best bio out there on a mysterious mafia don.
It was interesting to read this well researched book even though it was a bit sloppy in places.