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A Man of Honor: The Autobiography of Joseph Bonanno Mass Market Paperback – 20 Jan 2003
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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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I wanted to like this book more but I found myself getting tired of Bonanno's constant denial of any involvement in any sort of crime or being the head of one of New York five organised crime families (as to him, he was a 'Father' of a Family that wasn't really a criminal enterprise) and trying to skirt around incidents by trying to use philosophical debate to somehow try and justify something else. In doing this, Bonanno uses very flowery language to try and portray an intellectual and learned man but when you read the book there are many fundamental flaws in his arguments. For example, he talks about the values of his Tradition (as he refers to the mafia) and how in his Tradition he was against narcotics, prostitution, extortion and kidnapping but gambling, loan sharking, murder, assault, bootlegging and the associated problems that these things cause are all ok and he also says that he didn't know if other members of his Family were engaging in these forbidden activities which I find a little far fetched.
He never mentions where any of his money came from or how he could afford numerous properties or travelling to foreign countries. He never mentions how he dealt with any hostile or aggressive intentions towards his businesses (but of course, in reading this, he would deny that he'd ever had to deal with aggressive intentions other than early on in his career or that he even owns any businesses!) and when a 'Man of Honour' just becomes a greedy man (that's something Mr Bonanno doesn't philosophise about conveniently!) or why law enforcement agencies would have any interest in someone who is a law abiding citizen with nothing to hide.
This book however is not all bad, there are very interesting insights into how the Commission (the Mafia's board of directors for want of a better description) was run and the Commissions' internal political manoeuvring as well as how the Five Families evolved and his involvement in the Castellammerese War (and I feel he treats it as a 'proper' war with more sincerity than the Second World War, which again, makes the reader question Bonanno's thinking) but mainly the book is the philosophies of an old gangster who wants to remember the good times he had and revere in the past yet deny all the bad he did.
As a footnote, the other reviews of this book are pretty accurate (from 1 star to 5 star) as parts of the book are good and some aren't (the last part of the book relates to his trials in the early 80's when this book was written) but if you want an accurate book on the New York organised crime families with what happened and who did what to whom, there are much better books in my opinion.
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