Disposable Hero: A Memoir of the Mafia and Life Undercover (Hardcover)

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The only memoir to tell the story of life as both a mob soldier and as an FBI informant—and live to tell the score.
"Three weeks into my freshman year, I came home from class to find two federal agents waiting to arrest me for racketeering, embezzlement, extortion, and conspiracy to commit murder. It was time to pay for what I’d done."

At only 18 years old, Steven Bathory faced a decision: spend the rest of his life in prison or become an undercover agent for the Department of Justice.

The Disposable Hero is the searing true story of the author's experiences as both a soldier for the Calabrese family and an undercover informant for the US Department of Justice. An unprecedented memoir that details life on both sides, The Disposable Hero takes the reader behind the scenes with a sharp and bloody firsthand account of what really happened—told by the man who lived it, barely survived it, and only found his true purpose when he lost his American dream.

For readers of Gianni Russo’s Hollywood Godfather and Joe Pistone’s classic Donnie Brasco, The Disposable Hero narrates the author's time spent as a teenage mob enforcer and then risking his life to bring down a corrupt mayor and the police department he oversaw. But it’s also about a lonely outsider in search of an identity, a father, and a family. It's about a man who gambles with his own life in order to save it.

About the Author

Steven Bathory is a former associate of the Calabrese crime family and enforcer for Eddy Tocino. He worked undercover for more than a decade as a confidential informant for the Department of Justice. During that time he worked as a police officer in undisclosed locations. He is responsible for helping the DOJ arrest and subpoena more than a dozen high-ranking police officers.

In 2020, Steven was diagnosed with ALS. He lives with his wife.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781510777569
ISBN-10: 1510777563
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication Date: July 25th, 2023
Pages: 256
Language: English