Bound by Honor: A Mafioso's Story [NOOK Book]

Overview

No one can tell the true story of the Mafia in America better than Bill Bonanno. He was there. He lived it.


Bill Bonanno was born into a world of respect, tradition, and honor. The son of legendary mafioso Joe Bonanno, Bill was a "made" member of the Mafia by the time he was in his early twenties. He was rumored to be the model for The Godfather's Michael Corleone and was the subject of Gay Talese's best-selling Honor Thy Father.


Now retired,...

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Overview

No one can tell the true story of the Mafia in America better than Bill Bonanno. He was there. He lived it.


Bill Bonanno was born into a world of respect, tradition, and honor. The son of legendary mafioso Joe Bonanno, Bill was a "made" member of the Mafia by the time he was in his early twenties. He was rumored to be the model for The Godfather's Michael Corleone and was the subject of Gay Talese's best-selling Honor Thy Father.


Now retired, Bill is finally ready to give an eyewitness account of his life as a high-ranking captain in the Bonanno crime family, one of America's most powerful Mafia syndicates. He takes you inside the mob at its peak, when New York's Five Families-Bonanno, Gambino, Colombo, Lucchese, and Genovese-not only dominated local businesses, but also controlled national politics. For the first time, Bill Bonanno discloses the machinations behind his marriage to Rosalie Profaci (niece of the powerful don Joe Profaci), and even that cemented the alliance between the two Families with all the pomp and circumstance of a royal wedding. From the truth about the mysterious disappearance of his father to a startling disclosure about he mob's participation in the Kennedy assassination, Bill Bonanno lays bare the inner workings of his chaotic, violent, and surprisingly human world with unparalleled detail and insight.


Bound By Honor not only recounts Bill Bonanno's tumultuous life, but also is an engrossing chronicle of organized crime. Bonanno's story provides a remarkable glimpse into all of the intriguing personalities of the underworld of yesterday to today, from Bugsy Siegel to John Gotti.


This book is a must for readers of Mario Puzo, Gay Talese, Nicholas Pileggi, and others who have written abut the Mafia, but who have never been in the eye of the storm in quite the same way as Bill Bonanno in Bound By Honor.

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Editorial Reviews

Scientific American
...[S]urprising detail and sophistication....What's interesting is that...it paints the lifestyle as mindnumbingly dull and isolated...pretty hot stuff.
From the Publisher
"[A] fascinating first-hand account of what it's like to be born into the Mafia."—People magazine

"Surprising detail and sophistication...The Family story he tells is pretty hot stuff."—Biography magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312264437
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/1999
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 242,604
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Bill Bonanno lives in Arizona.


Bill Bonanno lives in Arizona. He is the author of Bound By Honor: A Mafioso's Story.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2005

    A good story told with emotion

    I am an avid reader of historical novels and this is top shelf. Most history is tainted with the 'winners' version. We have little to really know the world history of the background people that moved through the great events. Mr. Bonanno tells us a great deal of the Italian secret societies that helped build the USA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Cant put it down!!

    I started with Rosalie's book, Mafia Marriage, then began this book right after. I enjoy comparing and contrasting between Rosalie and Bill's lives together. It's extremely intetesting now knowing both of their sides. I HIGHLY recommend this and Rosalies book:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    The Godfather

    Having seen the movie first, it brought this book and Rosemary's to life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2002

    Bound by Honor is lost in itself

    I will admit this book had some very valuable information in it at times. It was not, however, historocally acurate in all places. Other literary critics of the book have said that the author wrote his own version of history, instead of telling it how it was. Most people believe the kiddnapping of his father was staged. There is some good material here, but overall more reliable information can be found in other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2000

    Good Book but...

    All in all i think this was a great book. However it had a major negative. Bill Bonanno seems to be very focused on himself in this book. No disrespects but he seems to focus the book on himself other then the saga of of the story. He referes to the underworld as 'Our World' and keeps talkin about how he feels like his ancestors wich i think is great but it's used to much in the book. I do think this book is great and i do recommend it to any one who is interested in the different familes and the history of the Mafia. But i do think this is a great book.

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