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Lou Ferrante is a former mobster of the Gambino Crime Family, who did his time in prison, and then turned his life around becoming a bestselling author and a sought after TV personality.

Lou’s book, “The Mob Rules: What Mafia Can Teach the Legitimate Businessman”, became a best seller and was named The Best Business Book by Forbes. It was subsequently translated into 16 languages. His TV project, “Inside The Gangsters’ Code”, explores different gangs around the world and has been successfully running on Discovery Channel since 2013.

We spoke about his path to the Gambinos, his arrest, his time in prison, the transformation he has gone through, his books, John Gotti, Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, and many other things.

01:45 Who is Lou?

03:30 Writing a bestseller

10:15 Fake diversity

12:00 Meeting George Weidenfeld

14:30 History of Mafia – contradictions

16:54 What is mafia?

19:20 Growing up in Queens

24:00 Crime in DNA

25:20 Prison stories

29:51 Mafia’s role in the streets

32:50 Day-to-day in Mafia

38:20 Snitching - Sammy “The Bull” Gravano

43:50 Arrest

47:00 Times have changed – Snitching 2.0

55:57 Prison is the greatest thing happen to me

1:01:45 “Mein Kampf” and other first books

1:04:00 Life advice to youth


soundtrack: Bensound

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