For four decades the name Gotti has been synonymous with organized crime in the minds of the public, who were told stories about them with varying degrees of accuracy. But now in “Shadow of My Father,” the real story of the King of the Volcano is revealed for the first time.

John A. Gotti, who survived four trials and a parole violation hearing, in four years, without a guilty verdict, now takes up his pen to tell the story of his father’s unwavering dedication to the street, and how, as his son, he entered that life, and then, with his father’s permission, left the life of crime, and put the “Family” behind him to live a legitimate life with his real family.

It is a saga of betrayal and redemption, and an insider’s view of how, at times, those who are tasked with upholding the law readily broke it to further their careers.

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  1. For what it’s worth: many people have their opinions of what you’ve done, what you’re doing, or what you’re not doing. You may as well make money (the legal way) however you can. They’re not going to feed your family or pay your bills. Besides, you can’t shame your family by living a clean, legitimate life. If you can legitimately make money off the mob, then more power to you! I know I am.

  2. It’s my understanding that the paperback version will be coming out soon. Would love to know if Mr. Gotti will be doing a book tour and if I could get an autographed copy of the book. Thanks!

    1. Mr Gotti,
      I have followed the Gambinos since the 1980s. I introduced my daughter to this magnetic family and your father was the main reason. His whole persona symbolized a life that intrigued me to no end. I read and watched everything I could get my hands on. I mourned when Mr Gotti received his life sentence. I felt it was the end of an era. I read your book and it brought back times that I remembered happening. Your book offers the behind the scenes I wasn’t privy to before. It filled in a lot of missing pieces. Thank you for igniting that fire in my interest once again. This time around, it’s more than just brotherhood and loyalty that attracts me. It’s your way of carrying yourself in difficult times and being your own man. This book will have a place on my bookshelf and will be reread over and over. I visit NY occasionally and to shake your hand one day would be quite an honor.

  3. John,
    Great job on the book. We did time together in Raybrook. I a Joe LaFatta. I to recently wrote a book and mention you in it. My book is called Dirty Money and if you look at the books people bought that also bought yours mine is listed on your page. I was shocked to hear that your proffered but then realized you didn’t hurt anyone so how bad of a proffer could it be. Please take a look at my book and let me know what you think. I always respected you for the way you handled yourself when I was with you in the FEDS. I wish you all the best.
    Joe LaFratta

  4. First off thank you for purchasing the book. The second we work out a signing schedule it will be posted to the site.

  5. Junior,
    I met your dad on Mott and Bleaker st some 25 years ago. Great man! My cousin in Arthur “Artie” Nigro. I am sure you or your dad knew him. Your dad did a lot of good, which was always pushed aside by the persona they painted of him.
    I just ordered the book. Can’t wait to read it!!!
    God bless you and your family, and good luck in the future!

  6. Hi, just got the book today via amazon (U.K.) really looking forward to reading it. Same question as many others…… Would still like/and would buy a SIGNED copy. Respect to you Mr Gotti. Peace. Ken

  7. I left a similar comment on Amazon reviews. As a former criminal defense attorney, I found your account of the prison system to be spot on. I think you book now creates a new identity and legacy for you as a muckraker regarding the prison system. I wanted to refer youto the article I read today – http://bangordailynews.com/2015/05/14/the-point/10-destructive-myths-about-solitary-confinement/
    Thank you for this book. I wish you and your family much luck in the future. And as courageous as you were in holding to your principles and dignity when everyone tried to destroy them and you, you have my condolences for what you and your family went through after you made your deal. Damn them.

  8. Hey John,

    I saw that you were on Coast to Coast Am with George Noory. In many ways I am very connected to that show through my friendship with Dr. J Andy Ilias. Dr. J is the associate producer for legendary late night radio show host Art Bell. In fact Art Bell had over 15 million listeners on over 500 affiliate stations worldwide every night. Art is the creator and founder of Cost to Coast Am. Do you have a contact email or number that I can call you about regarding you appearing on the radio with Dr J? Thank you so much for your help.

  9. John, Jr:
    I admired your father and even wrote to him sending a SASE hoping to get a reply/autograph.
    The SASE was returned.
    When he passed, I felt your loss.
    Went to church, lite a candle and said a prayer for your father.
    It would be an absolute honor to attend a book signing and shake your hand.
    Anything planned for NJ?
    God bless you and your family, and continued success.
    BTW….we share the same BD.

    1. As someone who spent time incarcerated, please know that it was the prison that returned the SASE and not Mr. Gotti. Stamps and envelops are something that could be purchased from the prison commissary so they do not allow it to be sent from the outside. I’m sure Mr. Gotti appreciated your letter.

  10. Others wrote about their legitimate business dealings after moving on with their lives. As a new business owner, I found that to be very helpful. Will you be putting out similar info in either a book or on your web site? I could actually see you working as a business consultant or private investor. There are actually a lot of similarities you watch “Shark Tank!”

  11. I just became a Triple Amputee and spent two months in hospital. I am 30years old from Boston. This book was an inspiration, Kept me Strong and Helped me through my amputation and hospital visit!
    Thank You,

  12. Im about to purchase the book. I recently saw the new “Gotti” movie with Travolta. If John Jr. was an advisor on production, them I feel it was a 100% accurate display of life for Sr, the Gotti family and of course John Jr. Look forward to the read.

  13. Its Start off as Organized Crime and you can be any race and ppl will followed your foot steps and became the same man as your father was John Gotti who did alot for the community coming from the Bronx. Im Irish and British, French and German and no really african and part of the bloods 9Trey Gangsters. And when gangs look at mobsters they will always be Remember John Gotti. Good luck and be blessed with $$$$$$

  14. Just watched your documentary about you and your father and all I can say is


    Your a great father and family man

  15. Watched a special about you and was very impressed with your intelligence, sincerity and your affection for your family. I don’t know much about your past but you seem to be a good person now, not that you haven’t always been. God bless you and your family.

    Take care.

  16. Mr. Gotti,

    I’m in the middle of reading your book and I must say it is a compelling read. What disturbed me the most was what was done to your father in his last days. I’ve been a caregiver for 30 years, and I found it appalling that a human being could be treated so callously. I’m glad you were able to get out of the Life.

  17. Mr.gotti I seen the movie staring John travolta and it was amazing I love it,I myself love mafia history and I am hoping to one day meet you in person, and to pay my respects at your fathers grave. I am honestly hoping to write you a letter. My warmest regards to you and your family.

  18. Just watching the documentary airing in the UK at the moment, Very good insight into you and your father’s former life.
    Massive respect for choosing to go straight and turn your life around.
    I also thought Armand asante played a very good portrayal of your father in the film Gotti 1996
    Travolta is just a legend though. The best actor to play the part.
    Takes a lot of courage to stay strong against the likes of the US justice system and come out on top

  19. Dear Mr. Gotti,

    I’m old enough to remember your dad. Being another grown son who lost his own dad too soon (mine passed just 3 months ago very suddenly), I felt compassion for you and your family, of course. My wife and I both think you’re a good guy and that you’re doing the right thing, no matter what the obstacles. I love your writing, it’s very readable and flows well. God bless and keep you and yours, John. My dad was a great lover of good cigars. Maybe our dads are up there having cigars and looking out for us.


  20. 10/4/2019 I just saw the 4 hour show, really enjoyed it. Sorry to see what the govt put you through, but admire how you took it on and went through it at great risk and expense, They have unlimited resources and want to see you be drained of all you have through attorney fees. You are really an admirable person and I wish you all the luck here on out.

  21. Dear mr. Gotti thanks for your replys when I wrote you when you were in raybrook. Thanks also for all the times you gave your time and chatted during your trials. Thanks very much for the picture you were gracious enough to take with me. That picture hangs next to a picture of your dad running out of court fist raised in victory. Your dad really touched me and was a great example of what inner toughness is. I thank you again for all of the many likenesses you showed. Sorry if I was ever a disturbance. Have your book read it twice and was a great read. Also I enjoyed the movie with Travolta though like many i also enjoyed the arm and assante version. All the best to you and thank you for your time, patience, and generosity of spirit. Joe m the guy who wrote and sent the 5.00 money orders.

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