I’m reading Matt Birkbeck's The Life We Chose: William “Big Billy” D’Elia and the Last Secrets of America’s Most Powerful Crime Family.
I wanted to read the book as I’m interested in Russell Bufalino, who was portrayed by Joe Pesci in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, and because part of the book is about the South Philly Cosa Nostra crime family.
I grew up and still live in South Philly, and as a writer, I’ve covered the local mob for a good number of years.
Veteran organized crime reporter and author George Anastasia’s review of the book appeared in JerseyMan magazine.
Back in 1994 when John Stanfa was under indictment and headed for a life prison sentence, he asked William “Big Billy” D’Elia to take over as boss of the Philadelphia mob.
You can read the rest of the review via the below link: