Thomas M. Battista was raised in the Italian neighborhood of Federal Hill in Providence, Rhode Island. Every day, like everyone else in the neighborhood, he was surrounded by the ways of the mob...the Mafia. In the fifties as a teenager, he was the lead singer of a doo-wopp group that had a regional hit. It was during this period while appearing on local "Bandstand" like programs that he became smitten by television. Battista entered the fascinating world of showbiz as a stage hand and ultimately directed local programs. After moving to San Diego, he was asked to direct a local talk show hosted by one of today's top TV personalities, Regis Philbin. When Regis went to ABC, Tom went to CBS where he entered the competitive corporate broadcast business, eventually leaving CBS as an Executive Vice-President to form his own production company. It was the exposure of his Mafia neighborhood and his successful career in the Corporate world that created the braid for his first novel...THE COMPANY'S MAN.
The Company's Manby Thomas M. Battista
It's the late 1940s in Rhode Island when Tony Manfredi's wife tells him she's pregnant. He tells her he lost his job. It's time for him to step up. His favorite Uncle Joe gives him a boost. Working the night shift on the loading docks, Tony discovers his inner reserves of ambition, matched only by his need to push the "edge" out further and further.
Tony finds himself deciding who makes it in show biz and who doesn't, which businesses thrive and which are frozen out, and who lives and who dies. Ultimately heading up the Mafia's North American operations, Tony moves up the food chain in the legitimate world, too, becoming Chief Operating Officer of a large entertainment conglomerate.
The COMPANY'S MAN shows the complicated duality of Tony's life as he navigates the "legit" and "illegit" worlds. How close to the edge can he bring them without losing it all?
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