A 'FAMILY' BUSINESS

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 28 May 2019

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I enjoyed this book . It was almost like reading a movie manuscript. Very entertaining. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC
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I knew nothing about Joey Silverstein before I read this book and I enjoyed it so much. I would definitely recommend it to friends and anyone interested in the subject.
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enjoyable read as in the writing was pleasant to go over. subject matter was only relevant if you are old enough to remember Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis times.
I liked reading this book but the audience us probably limited to an older group of people...say 55 and up
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The biography of a man who may or not have been a member of one of the New York mafia families. If he isn't/wasn't, he certainly skirted the edges his entire life. 
Silvestri led a somewhat interesting life as an employee at the Copacabana, as a "fixer" and enforcer, and as someone who had his hand in many different businesses. This led to his meeting many celebrities and mafia figures. 
I enjoyed his stories about Sammy Davis Jr, Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lewis, and Dean Martin. I could almost feel myself in the club, listening to them as they performed. 
However, that was about it as far as interesting for to. Three years at the Copa, then several decades of "jobs" that "skirted" the law. 
The author reminded me very much of my career working in prisons, listening to the inmates bragging to each other, trying to impress how important they were on "the outside". Somewhat interesting stories, a lot of name dropping, mostly just petty crooks overly impressed with their own sense of importance. No real contributions to the greater good of society, or to their families.
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The author's painstaking research and attention to detail is obvious in the writing of this book.  The author laid out the information in a manner that allowed the reader to form their own opinion.
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I really enjoyed this book, the characters were well developed.  It had an interesting plot. I would be interested in reading more
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A ‘FAMILY’ BUSINESS: The Life And Times Of Joey ‘The Fixer’ Silvestri

I wasn’t expecting a lot from this book, but it surprised me. I read it in one sitting and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was a quick-paced read of essays from the author of different times during his life and some of the different jobs he held that he remembered. He shares many anecdotes that are entertaining, for the most part especially those that involve his reminisces of different entertainers and other notorious figures that he encountered while working.



He's lived a long and memorable life doing a broad variety of jobs and his story shares some of the more interesting ones. From running poker and crap games to running the door at the famous Copa Club, and crazy stories to go along with them all. I would have given it 5 stars, but I wanted to hear more and I would have loved oodles of pictures (which the non=advance edition may have, I don't know)! This was one of the most enjoyable books of this type I’ve read in a while. I remember now that I've read a book by this author before that I also enjoyed. My thanks for the advance electronic copy that was provided by NetGalley, authors Dennis N. Griffin & Joey Silvestri, and the publisher for my fair review.
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