Jump to content
The Education Forum

New Book- The Silent Don: The Criminal Underworld of Santo Trafficante Jr.


Recommended Posts

I thought some people might be interested in my latest book, to be released on April 25, THE SILENT DON: THE CRIMINAL UNDERWORLD OF SANTO TRAFFICANTE JR. (Barricade Books, 2007). I got a lot of helpful contacts from this site. The cover photo is from James Richards.

The book traces the rise of Santo Trafficante Jr. form his years under his father's tutelage in Tampa, to his years in pre-Castro Cuba, dealings with the CIA, involvement in the Kennedy assasination, international drug trafficking, and his ties with major Mafia bosses.

John may post some questions over in the History Books forum.

Here are a couple recent media appearances:

Trafficante segment - WTVT

Good Day Tampa Bay interview

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Scott,

Will it be available on amazon or anywhere on the net?

Congratulations my friend.

I look forward to reading it,

John

http://www.amazon.com/Silent-Don-Criminal-...e/dp/1569803226

Also on other net retailers like Barnes and Noble.

____________________

Scott,

I'm bummed that I couldn't sign your guest book on your website because it's already filled up. So I'll put it here:

"Scott, I'm looking forward to reading both of your books. Always look forward to your posts on the "JFK Assassination Debate" part of John Simkin's great site, "The Education Forum." Keep up the good work!

-- Tommy "Underdog" Mahon (Graves)"

____________________

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Let me add my congratulations as well. I also look forward to reading the book.

I wanted to ask what is his real name? In some books he is referred to as 'Santos', in others as 'Santo'. Which is correct?

It's officially Santo, wihtout the "s", though I've seen Santos so many times, even in law enforcement reports. His birthname was Luigi Santo, and the name on his marriage certificate and grave is Santo.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi Scott,

Looking forward to reading "Silent Don," and will write a review for you.

Curious if you got anything out of the book, "The Tamale Squad – Miami Vice

The Cuban Project – Castro, Kennedy and the FBI’s Tamale Squad," by Peter Pavia (Palgrove, MacMillan), if you know Peter Pavia or came across one of his subjects, my FBI namesake, William “Bill” Kelly – Florida FBI agent on TS.

Thanks,

BK

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Let me add my congratulations as well. I also look forward to reading the book.

I wanted to ask what is his real name? In some books he is referred to as 'Santos', in others as 'Santo'. Which is correct?

It's officially Santo, wihtout the "s", though I've seen Santos so many times, even in law enforcement reports. His birthname was Luigi Santo, and the name on his marriage certificate and grave is Santo.

Thanks for the info. Hm, I wonder why the adding of the s then at the end? Actually though, it makes more sense for his name to be 'Santo' as that is a common Italian surname whereas Santos is not and it always puzzled me why he would be called this if he was of Italian origin.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi Scott,

Looking forward to reading "Silent Don," and will write a review for you.

Curious if you got anything out of the book, "The Tamale Squad – Miami Vice

The Cuban Project – Castro, Kennedy and the FBI’s Tamale Squad," by Peter Pavia (Palgrove, MacMillan), if you know Peter Pavia or came across one of his subjects, my FBI namesake, William “Bill” Kelly – Florida FBI agent on TS.

Thanks,

BK

I am unfamiliar with that book. It did not come up in any of my research, but I will check it out.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 1 month later...

Hey Scott,

I just picked up your book at Union Station in DC this past weekend and wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying it, especially after having to digest Boogliogisi's Regurgitating History.

Silent Don is by far the best book on Trafficante available and there's a lot of good, new info in it, especially the colorful and detailed descriptions of the Havana casinos and clubs.

Thanks for calling attention to the May 1929 mob conference in Atlantic City, which isn't as well known as the Havana conference, Apalachin or La Stella but is far more significant.

As you note, "At the Hotel President conference in May 1929, one of the main orders of business was to deal with Al Capone's increasing profile in Chicago and with the resulting violence from a major gang war that had been raging for years.....bringing together racketeers from across the country to the Jersey Shore. According to Florida law enforcement, it was at this meeting atht the Tampa family was formally recognized by the New York-heavy contingent....but since no secretary took minutes, the discussions at the meetings can only be surmised."

Years ago, back in the 1970s, I talked with an old Italian barber who gave Capone a shave, and with a black man who pushed some of the gangsters around in a boardwalk wicker-walker. He said they didn't talk in front of him, but instead, went to the end of the boardwalk, took off their shoes and socks and waded in the surf while talking business.

The Hotel President, where many of them stayed, was still standing in the 70s and I got a few black and white photos of it before they leveled it.

Let me know if you ever come to Philadelphia or Atlantic City to promote the book and I will arrange a press gathering like they did in London for Talbot.

Am looking forward to writing a review when I have the opportunity.

Bill Kelly

I thought some people might be interested in my latest book, to be released on April 25, THE SILENT DON: THE CRIMINAL UNDERWORLD OF SANTO TRAFFICANTE JR. (Barricade Books, 2007). I got a lot of helpful contacts from this site. The cover photo is from James Richards.

The book traces the rise of Santo Trafficante Jr. form his years under his father's tutelage in Tampa, to his years in pre-Castro Cuba, dealings with the CIA, involvement in the Kennedy assasination, international drug trafficking, and his ties with major Mafia bosses.

John may post some questions over in the History Books forum.

Here are a couple recent media appearances:

Trafficante segment - WTVT

Good Day Tampa Bay interview

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Please sign in to comment

You will be able to leave a comment after signing in



Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...