About Mob Scene



Veteran Philadelphia journalist George Anastasia has written about organized and disorganized crime for decades, covering casino gambling in Atlantic City, mob hits in Philadelphia and criminal prosecutions throughout the country. A reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1974 through 2012, he is currently a freelance writer and author specializing in crime reporting.

The recipient of numerous journalism awards, Anastasia is the author of six books and two anthologies, including "Blood and Honor" (William Morrow & Co., 1991), which Jimmy Breslin called "the best gangster book ever written." 

His most recent book (published in January 2015) is “Gotti’s Rules, The story of John Alite, Junior Gotti and the Demise of the American Mafia” from Dey Street Books (HarperCollins). His other books are NYT bestsellers "The Summer Wind" (Regan Books/HarperCollins, 1999) about the Thomas Capano-Anne Marie Fahey murder case and "The Last Gangster” (HarperCollins, 2004); "The Goodfella Tapes (Avon Books, 1998), and "Mobfather" (Kensington Books, 1993). 

He is the co-author (with Glen Macnow) of “The Ultimate Book of Gangster Movies” (Perseus Books, 2011) and collaborated with mob lawyer and former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman on Goodman’s biography “Being Oscar” (Weinstein Books, 2013). 

His work at The Inquirer also formed the basis for two true crime anthologies, "Mob Files" and "Philadelphia True Noir," both published by Camino Books. 

Anastasia is the author of a novella, "The Big Hustle" (Philadelphia Inquirer Books, 2001) and has contributed to two anthologies of Italian-American writers, "A Sitdown with the Sopranos" and "Don't Tell Mama!" 

Born in South Philadelphia and raised in southern New Jersey, Anastasia is a graduate of Dartmouth College (1969) with a B.A. in French Literature. He has been an adjunct professor/lecturer at Rowan University, Drexel University and Temple University, and has been a lecturer for a U.S. State Department-sponsored series of weeklong seminars on journalism and organized crime in Bulgaria (2004, 2007), Croatia (2005), Serbia (2006) and Italy (2007).

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