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UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn thus.VG/VG.Owner inscrptn to ffe.Top edge slightly spotted/foxed.Protected dw/dj,but slightly marked under protective laminate.Bonnano family tree eps.8vo,526pp includes 2pp b/w photographs and index. The Mafia - the most discussed,least understood subject in America - is a syndicate of approximately 5,000 men belonging to twenty-four separate "families" located in major cities in every region of the United States.Since the Prohibition era,it has specialised in providing those illegal commodities which,in Lippmann's words,human appetites crave.It is a risky business at best.Sidewalks have been littered with bodies because of "misunderstandings" between mafiosi.Yet,since the survivors in Mafia society are most often as quiet as the corpses,there has never been a factual account of the Mafia world from the inside: what their homes look like,what they say to their wives,what they tell their children about themselves,what their children come to know without being told.In this monumental work - packed with fascinating,intimate details and brilliant reporting and written in the style of a novel - Talese portrays the secret society as they - and he - have lived it in the six years he travelled with the individuals who have so dominated the crime charts of crime-busting senators. The book begins on a rainy Tuesday night in October 1964 when, on Park Avenue in New York,the famous Mafia chieftain Joseph Bonnano - whose father in sicily was a "Man of respect" and whose college-educated son was his top lieutenant - was kidnapped by two mobsters and reported by the police as dead on the following morning.Eighteen months (and several corpses) later Joseph Bonnano reappeared as strangely as he had disappeared,setting off a Mafia feud that became to be known as the Banana War. Talese covers the Banana War in intimate detail.The reader gets extraordinary glimpses of men on the run,of "hits" and "misses", and,later the wives and children and other members of a society that readers of The Godfather know in fictional terms.Talese travelled to western Sicily to live in Mafia mountain villages in order to trace the origin of his characters.His book focuses on the Bonanno family - three generations of it.Woven into the tale are the big dons of the twentieth century - Vito Genovese, Lucky Luciano, Joseph Proafci, dozens more.For once the mafiosi are revealed not as merely names in headlines or on crime charts or as wooden figures in books written by retired district attorneys and detectives.In this book the men are revealed in human terms.This is the first book in which the Mafia wives are described in depth, their daily routines depicted from kitchen to supermarket,from beauty parlours to bridge parties.And the children,too,are poignantly portrayed in this book. Please contact ,for correct shipping/P+p quotes - particularly ALL overseas buyers - BEFORE ordering through the order page!


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