As one of the most powerful mob bosses in the United States, Sam Giancana changed the course of American history.
With Double Cross, hailed as “the most important Mafia book ever published,” the impact of Giancana’s reign is chillingly brought to life as his brother and godson chronicle his rise to power, providing an explosive tell-all that reveals, in Sam Giancana’s own words…
A page turner that’s both hard-hitting and entertaining, Double Cross pulls no punches. Containing more inside information and explosive revelations than any Mafia book yet written, Double Cross serves up a shocking look at organized crime’s influence on politics, entertainment and business – both in the U.S. and abroad.
“On November 22, 1963,” Mooney stated with chilling authority, “The United States had a coup; it’s that simple. The government of this country was overthrown by a handful of guys who did their jobs so damned well…not one American even knew it happened.”
“According to the guys in the Outfit, the CIA, fearful of exposure by the vengeful, drug-addicted Monroe, requested that Mooney have her eliminated. And Mooney, smelling blood, seized upon the CIA contract as a way to achieve another objective as well. By murdering Monroe, it might be possible to depose the rulers of Camelot.”
“The Chicago Outfit had controlled everything at the Los Angeles hotel where the hit on Bobby Kennedy had occurred and the other gunman-an Outfit man- was a ‘last minute replacement’ for a regular security guard. ‘It was all planned out,” said Tommy Payne, an old Capone soldier…“down to the last detail and covered up…just like the other brother.”
Double Cross, the New York Times bestseller, presents Sam Giancana – talented businessman, Las Vegas entrepreneur, ruthless killer, and outside player for the CIA’s dirtiest deeds. Sam “Mooney” Giancana started as a hitman for Al Capone. Brutally violent and ruthlessly ambitious, he clawed his way to the top of the Mafia hierarchy. He partied with major stars such as Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe, and did business with agents from the CIA, the Vatican, Ferdinand Marcos to the Shah of Iran. When Joe Kennedy gave Giancana the chance to use mob muscle to get his son John elected, he jumped at it. But the Kennedy brothers double-crossed him, waging full-scale war on organized crime in the United States. His story changed the course of American history.
Now this shocking, inside-the-syndicate tell-all reveals Giancana’s first-person testimony. Only one person knew the whole story: Giancana’s younger brother Chuck. For the first time, he tells it in its chilling, appalling entirety – regarding Giancana’s involvement in the deaths of JFK, Monroe, JFK and the CIA authorized assassination attempt on Fidel Castro.
Double Cross chronicles organized crime in America throughout the 20th century, exposing its unique relationship with politics, the CIA, business, Hollywood and Las Vegas. In doing so, Double Cross provides the missing pieces of American history that investigators have been trying to uncover for years. It is simply the most revelatory body of testimony from a Mafia member ever made public.
In the no-holds-barred tradition of The Valachi Papers and Wiseguy, this insider expose of mob boss Sam Giancana, written by his brother Chuck and his godson Sam with Bettina Giancana, blows the lid off some of the Mafia’s most shocking secrets. Includes stunning first-time revelations concerning the deaths of JFK, Marilyn Monroe, and RFK.
“SCARY… a compelling message.”Salisbury Post (NC)
“LIVELY, INTERESTING AND BLOODY.”St. Joseph News-Press (MO)
“THE ULTIMATE GANGSTER CHRONICLE…startling entertainingly written… in its pages are tales of treachery and corruption that event he most lurid pulp writer couldn’t conjure.”Courier Post (NJ)
“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED…anyone who hasn’t already read this finger pointing story about the Mafia should.”Ocala Star-Banner
“TROUBLING…. EXPLOSIVE… has a plausible logic to it.”Houston Post
“CHILLING….Whatever suspicions you may have harbored about the role of organized crime in American politics, they weren’t dark enough.”Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“EXPLOSIVE”Christian Science Monitor
“OFFERS INSIGHTS into the presidential assassination, the Mafia’s toehold in Hollywood and the death of Marilyn Monroe, among other mysteries”Houston Chronicle
“AS SHOCKING AS THE LIFE OF THE BOOK’S SUBJECT, crime boss Sam Giancana… in this biography… Chuck and godson, Sam, reveal many family secrets.”Associated Press
“CHILLING…Brims with unnerving allegations.”Boston Herald
“Amazing and shocking disclosures.”New York Daily News
“Now the young Sam Giancana tells all… Controversial… ties seven United States presidents to the mob.”Larry King Live, CNN