Man of Honor

Man of Honor

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by Joseph Bonanno
     
 

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"Friendships, connections, family ties, trust, loyalty, obedience-this was the 'glue' that held us together."

These were the principles that the greatest Mafia "Boss if Bosses," Joseph Bonnano, lived by. Born in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, Bonnano found his future amid the whiskey-running, riotous streets of Prohibition America in 1924, when he illegally

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"Friendships, connections, family ties, trust, loyalty, obedience-this was the 'glue' that held us together."

These were the principles that the greatest Mafia "Boss if Bosses," Joseph Bonnano, lived by. Born in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, Bonnano found his future amid the whiskey-running, riotous streets of Prohibition America in 1924, when he illegally entered the United States to pursue his dreams. By the age of only twenty-six, Bonnano became a Don. He would eventually take over the New York underworld, igniting the "Castellammarese War," one of the bloodiest Family battles ever to hit New York City...

Now, in this candid and stunning memoir, Joe Bonanno-likely a model for Don Corleone in the blockbuster movie The Godfather-takes readers inside the world of the real Mafia. He reveals the inner workings of New York's Five Families-Bonanno, Gambino, Profaci, Lucchese, and Genovese-and uncovers how the Mafia not only dominated local businesses, but also influenced national politics. A fascinating glimpse into the world of crime, A Man of Honor is an unforgettable account of one of the most powerful crime figures in America's history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312979232
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/20/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
179,055
Product dimensions:
4.03(w) x 6.78(h) x 0.92(d)

Meet the Author

Born in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, Joseph Bonanno (1905-2002) found his future amid the whiskey-running, riotous streets of Prohibition America in 1924, when he illegally entered the United States to pursue his dreams. By the age of only twenty-six, Bonnano became a Don. He would eventually take over the New York underworld, igniting the "Castellammarese War," one of the bloodiest Family battles ever to hit New York City.

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Man of Honor 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joe Bonanno's auto-biography was a telling story about the way of life that sicilians brought over to this Country. Us American-born citizens really don't understand the lives these so-called "mafia" members lived. As Bonanno interestingly opens up his heart and life to his readers, he explains to us that his Family (like the family in the Godfather) was just that....a Family, and the Honor by which by which a man takes care of his family, is certainly lost in the "new" generation. This is the only book that anyone should read about Mafia life, because as Bonanno said in this book, American's have LOST a sense of Family. Joe Bonanno was truly a Man of Honor.
bill65 More than 1 year ago
Growing up in Brooklyn, New York I was aware of the mystery of the Mafia and this book by Joseph Bonanno "A Man of Honot" has given me an insight that I did not have before.
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