St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312301248, 320pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2002
From the streets of Brooklyn to the set of Oz. From Hells Angel to celebrity bodyguard. The revealing autobiography of an American man.
Chuck Zito comes by his reputation honestly as one of the toughest, most uncompromising men ever to sit astride a Harley. Now, with tales both hilarious and chilling, violent and truthful, Zito tells his life story in his own words.
From growing up on the mean streets of Brooklyn and the Bronx, where fighting was a way of life, to becoming president of the New York chapter of the Hells Angels, to the wild and crazy life of protecting some of the world's biggest celebrities, Zito might be seen as a latter-day outlaw, the last of a dying breed of men. But throughout his tempestuous days, one thing defined him: his unfailing sense of justice, of what's really right and what's really wrong. That's how Zito found himself facing his biggest challenge: refusing to cooperate with a federal investigation into his brothers, the Hells Angels, and in the process losing the very thing he cherished most-his freedom.
Zito's astonishing recovery from this experience, and the unique kind of stardom he forged based on hard work and sheer will, is a testament to his courage, his ambition, and his indomitable heart-a testament now recorded unflinchingly in Street Justice.
Chuck Zito, bodyguard to the stars, a former Golden Gloves boxer, martial arts expert, past president of the N.Y. Nomads chapter of the Hells Angels, and actor on the award-winning HBO drama Oz, is the star of the upcoming USA Network series Chuck Zito's Street Justice. He lives in New Rochelle, New York.
"Characters that are larger than life don't come around very often. Chuck Zito is that character." --Joan Jett
"Chuck is a great guy. He gets the job done wherever he goes." --Smokin' Joe Frazier, Former Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World
"Chuck is definitely the kind of guy you want on your team." --Ervin Magic Johnson, Olympic gold medal winner and five time NBA champion
"I can't think of any man I want to be stuck in a foxhole with except Chuck Zito, who would eat the last bullet." --Mickey Rourke
"There is never a dull moment with Chuck, but if I get two more signatures I'll have him committed." --James Cann
"Chuck is a real bad boy. It takes one minute to live but a second to die." --Dennis Bad Boy Rodman, Five-time NBA Champion
"Chuck Zito is an American institution. I told him he should have his own talk show or run for congress." --John Milius, Writer/director