Lou Ferrante is a former Gambino family mobster, who, after spending eight and a half years in some of the worst penitentiaries in the United States, successfully appealed his own conviction.

Whilst in prison, Lou taught himself the art of writing by reading eighteen hours a day and studying the writing styles of the world’s greatest authors. Book through Speakers Inc

Lou’s memoir, ‘Unlocked: the Life and Crimes of a Mafia Insider’, is a remarkable tale of personal transformation – a true story that is shocking, brutal, inspiring and unforgettable.

An international bestselling author, his book – ‘Mob Rules: What the Mafia Can Teach the Legitimate Businessman’ (Penguin/Portfolio) has been translated into fifteen languages and counting and the book was shortlisted for the 800-CEO-Read Business Book Awards.

His latest book, ‘The Three Pound Crystal Ball’ is a landmark book that combines physics, psychology, personal experience, extensive research and neuroscience.

In addition to writing, Lou wrote, co-produced and hosts his own highly acclaimed television series, ‘Inside the Gangsters’ Code’ which airs around the globe on Discovery Networks International and he has reached over 50 million viewers worldwide.

For his series, Lou was nominated in the ‘Presenter of the Year’ category for a Grierson Trust Award which is known in the United Kingdom as ‘the Oscars of the documentary world’. Follow SI on Twitter

Lou has also been given the Celebrity Reading Hero Award in the U.K, presented to him at Number 10 Downing Street, for his contribution to promoting literacy.

As a professional commentator, Lou has appeared on numerous international news stations such as MSNBC, FOX News, BBC and CBC Canada and he has been a guest on Skavlan as well as a repeat guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Today, he is a highly sought-after motivational speaker, delivering keynote addresses, speeches, lectures and appearing before such diverse audiences, including youth groups, senior citizens, law enforcement and criminals, university students, library conferences, corporations, and global business organisations.

Some of Lou’s past events include:

1.    The Economist’s Human Potential Summit, New York City.
2.    CEO Global Leaders Forum, New York City. (In November 2014, Lou received an 8.5 rating out of 9, which is almost ‘perfect’).
3.    EO/WPO/YPO organisations in America, Canada & South Africa.
4.    UK National Reading Conference Keynote Address and Guest of Honour.
5.    London Libraries Conference Keynote Address & Guest of Honour.
6.    Reading is Fundamental Keynote Address, British Library.
7.    Various Prisons, Young Offenders Institutes and Libraries.
8.    Australia National Year of Reading Keynote Address.
9.    London Libraries Conference Guest of Honour.
10.    UK Prince’s Trust, Changing Lives Conference.
11.    Columbia and Harvard Universities.
12.    IONS 16th International Conference.

Lou Ferrante - Mob Rules

“Ferrante draws on an extensive knowledge of world events, Mob lore, and personal experience to deliver an engrossing effort that reads like a rousing memoir, meditation on world history, and Mafia exposé all in one.”  –Kirkus Reviews

Former mobster turned writer Louis Ferrante reveals the surprisingly effective management techniques of organized crime and explains how to apply them in any legitimate business. Ferrante ran his own crew within the Gambino Crime Family, and masterminded some of the biggest heists in U.S. history.

Lou Ferrante – Gambino Mobster talent for management was the key to his success on the streets. Now he offers time-tested Mafia wisdom based on true stories. As a testament to the book’s expert business advice, Mob Rules was nominated for the 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards.

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