Strife And Death in the Family

An ex-FBI agent describes five chilling years inside the Mafia

Benjamin Ruggiero -- "Lefty Guns" to the mobsters he hung around with in New York City's Little Italy -- always remembered a conversation. No one knew that better than FBI Undercover Agent Joseph D. Pistone as he sat with Lefty, his Mafia chief and partner, in Nathan's in Miami Beach one morning in 1980. Several months before, Pistone had borrowed a white yacht from a fellow agent for an oceangoing party to impress Lefty and his Mafia pals. A girlfriend's rich brother had provided the boat, Pistone explained. Now an unhappy Lefty was looking at a page of TIME with a...

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