"This book should serve as a red flag to a prosperous country teetering on the edge of complete moral breakdown."
Hit Man. Family Man. Drug Dealer. Devoted Dad. Meet Tony Soprano - the chilling mob boss and central character of the popular HBO series The Sopranos. To millions of viewers, Tony is the "good guy," the solid provider who commits nearly every crime conceivable while maintaining a loyal fan following. Tony has defined for us an entirely new, if skewed, moral code.Tony Soprano's America looks at the relationship between the American Dream and the manner in which we pursue it. Like Tony, can we do the effectively expedient thing without sacrificing honor? Must we be held accountable for our behavior? In this fascinating look at the social and family dynamics of Tony's life and at the societal problems that surround it, criminologist David Simon takes the reader through crime in America: from the streets to the boardroom, from the local hood to far-reaching international syndicates. Updated with a new preface.THIS BOOK WAS NOT PREPARED, LICENSED, APPROVED, OR ENDORSED BY ANY ENTITY INVOLVED IN CREATING OR PRODUCING The Sopranos TELEVISION SERIES
About the Author
David Simon is a Professor of Administration of Justice at San Jose State University and a research associate at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written op-eds on crime for the Los Angles Times and San Jose Mercury News in addition to contributing to The Progressive. He lives in Albany, California.