There are some legitimate (albeit base) leadership principles in the book; have a plan, focus, get the right people on your team, don't steal, don't gamble. The only thing new about Franzese's take on these are the stories he shares from his time as a capo in the Colombo crime family. While the stories are enjoyable at times, random cute mob references become trite pretty quickly("cook the pasta, not the books", seriously?).
Throughout the book, Franzese quotes Machiavelli and Solomon. What could have been a intricate discussion on the differences is boiled down to are you going to do whatever it takes to be successful or are you going to do it with integrity. In the end the offer is made that you must choose only one and if you try to choose both you have fallen into Machiavelli's trap.
Probably the greatest wisdom in the book is in determining how you define success. He says "If your idea of success is cheating you out of your life, you need to make some changes." I could not agree more. First thing I would change, the book I was reading. Check out Collapse of Distinction, the previous book I reviewed for Thomas Nelson. As far as Franzese's offer, it's one you can afford to refuse. Fuggedaboutit!