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Memoris and Biographies
Author: Gay Talese
ISBN: 0061665363
Subcategory: True Crime
Pages 592 pages
Publisher Ecco; Updated edition (April 14, 2009)
Language English
Category: Memoris and Biographies
Rating: 4.7
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by Gay Talese


Honor Thy Father is a 1971 book by Gay Talese, about the travails of the Bonanno crime family in the 1960s, especially Salvatore Bonanno and his father Joseph "Joe Bananas" Bonanno.

Honor Thy Father is a 1971 book by Gay Talese, about the travails of the Bonanno crime family in the 1960s, especially Salvatore Bonanno and his father Joseph "Joe Bananas" Bonanno. In 1965, Gay Talese left his job as a reporter at The New York Times to focus on magazine writing, such as 1966's "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold" and longer projects, like his 1969 book The Kingdom and the Power.

In his engrossing "Honor Thy Father", Gay Talese proves that four decades ago, The Mafia was not what it used to be, which was basically a monopolistic almost exclusively Italian criminal empire. It is a strange nostalgia

In his engrossing "Honor Thy Father", Gay Talese proves that four decades ago, The Mafia was not what it used to be, which was basically a monopolistic almost exclusively Italian criminal empire. It is a strange nostalgia. The trauma that was Appalachia, and the exposures by the Kefauver Commission and Joe Valachi, permanently crippled The Mafia

In his engrossing "Honor Thy Father", Gay Talese proves that four decades ago, The Mafia was not what it used to be, which was basically a monopolistic almost exclusively Italian criminal empire. The trauma that was Appalachia, and the exposures by the Kefauver Commission and Joe Valachi, permanently crippled The Mafia

Honor Thy Father book. What I love about Gay Talese: his purely journalistic style. Honor Thy Father (1971) told the story of Bill Bonanno, the son of Mafia boss Joe Bonanno

Honor Thy Father book. Honor Thy Father (1971) told the story of Bill Bonanno, the son of Mafia boss Joe Bonanno. His "fly on the wall" approach was put to the test by the fact that during the six years Talese followed Bonanno, there were long periods when his father was in hiding and Bonanno Jr. was the target of Mafia hitmen. Mr. Talese's insight will do more to help us understand the criminal than any amount of moral recrimination.

Talese, Gay. Her past had not prepared her for the present. As a girl the reality of her family’s world was kept from her; the first of three daughters, she was protected like a precious jewel, closely observed,. polished, admired, displayed on special occasions. She was sent at seven to a convent school on a gentle hill in upstate New York to dwell in a state of grace and innocence, to learn about God and man from the Dominican nuns.

Honor Thy Father - Gay Talese. Part one. The disappearance.

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Read Honor Thy Father Online. Honor Thy Father Gay Talese. FOR Charles, Joseph, Tory, and Felippa in the hope that they will understand their father more, and love him no less. FOR Charles, Joseph, Tory, and Felippa in the hope that they will understand their father more, and love him no les. ontents. Part One The Disappearance. Part Two The War. Part Three The Family.

A classic masterwork newly updatedThe electrifying true story of the rise and fall of New York's notorious Bonanno crime familyOn New York's Park Avenue on a rainy Tuesday night in October 1964, the famous Mafia chieftain Joseph Bonanno was kidnapped by two mobsters and reported by the police as dead on the following morning.

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In this monumental work-packed with intimate details and brilliant g author Gay Talese first brought to the American consciousness a world and a life previously known to only a few. No other book has done more to acquaint readers with the secrets, structure, wars, power plays, family lives, and fascinating, frightening personalities of the Mafia. Books related to Honor Thy Father.

A classic masterwork newly updated

The electrifying true story of the rise and fall of New York's notorious Bonanno crime family

On New York's Park Avenue on a rainy Tuesday night in October 1964, the famous Mafia chieftain Joseph Bonanno was kidnapped by two mobsters and reported by the police as dead on the following morning. More than a year later, Bonanno mysteriously reappeared, setting off a bloody mob feud that came to be known as the “Banana War.”

In this monumental work—packed with intimate details and brilliant reporting—bestselling author Gay Talese first brought to the American consciousness a world and a life previously known to only a few. No other book has done more to acquaint readers with the secrets, structure, wars, power plays, family lives, and fascinating, frightening personalities of the Mafia.

Malalrajas
Gay Talese has a reputation as a brilliant writer and chronicler of the lives of others. This deeply researched tome shows that those involved in the Mafia in America are not glamorous (as depicted in movies such as "Casino" or "The Godfather"). In fact, being a mobster means living in constant fear of being murdered, hiding in dingy apartments waiting for phone calls from aides you're not sure you can trust to tell you it's safe to come out. The more you read the less you care and by the end of the book you just shrug. This is well-written, but the subject matter becomes tedious.
Onetarieva
In his engrossing "Honor Thy Father", Gay Talese proves that four decades ago, The Mafia was not what it used to be, which was basically a monopolistic almost exclusively Italian criminal empire. It is a strange nostalgia. Outside of a few loose canons (like Albert Anastasia), it was comprised of men who were dedicated to secrecy and, especially, order. The trauma that was Appalachia, and the exposures by the Kefauver Commission and Joe Valachi, permanently crippled The Mafia. It is at this point where Bill Bonanno grapples with his new-found and unasked-for position at the top of one of the major crime families of New York and the nation. When his father, Joseph, is kidnapped, the spotlight really falls on him and his family, and where Talese begins his narrative. Talese does a fascinating job juxtaposing the problems of the Bonanno family with the problems of The Bonanno Family. While Bill Bonanno tries to keep things together with lawyers, trusted "soldiers", contacts and his father's enemies, he is less successful with his ability to keep his wife and children secure and happy. The agonies and frustrations of Bill Bonanno's wife, Rosalie, is very poignant and credible. I felt sorry for her.

And, it is at this level that the book really succeeds, even now as a history. This is not your typical "Mafia/True Crime" book. Although there are a half dozen murders and bombings described in the book, there are no detailed, graphic, for-the-thrill-of-it sequences of vendetta killings and murders. The violence is surprisingly low-key, except in one or two key passages. Talese was not in for the shock value. He was describing the frustrating, dangerous and, surprisingly often, tedious (in terms of constant waiting) existence of a mob boss during those years. The stress, the occasional frustrations, and rare moments of success are intriguingly written. There will always be debate about whether Talese's "New Journalism" is creating fiction out of history but there is no denying that the book rings true on many points. While one might wonder, "Did Bill Bonanno really remember what he was thinking twenty years ago?" when he told his story to Talese, there is little reason to think otherwise. The personal dynamic between Bill and Rosalie or the rest of the family members is given the same attention as that given to the criminal activity. This is what makes "Honor Thy Father" so unique in the genre.
Qusserel
Great reporting, great story and great prose, but: too much of. Gosh Talese goes on and on and on. There is a difference between 'detailed' and rambling: some of the segments are about the most tangental and uninteresting things. Worse: he repeats himself, often. A frustrating read.
lacki
This book holds your attention due to the realistic life of Bill. His life may have been different if he had not been such an honorable son.
Rocksmith
Talese does a great job of conveying the highs and lows of life in the mob. The first generation who did indeed believe they were living by a code where their word was law-- and the generations that followed who lived by the gun and had little use for honor and respect. The book is a great inside job and reads easy. Well worth the time.
Wel
This was the true story of a Mafia family. Well written and interesting it details the rise and fall of the Bonnano family. The details came from interviews with the family who allowed the author unprecedented access. It is the story of a lost era - the influence of the mob during the hay day of their power and influence.
Danrad
Not as good as the first time I read it years ago, perhaps my taste has changed
it would have been more interesting if the book had focused on Joe Bannano, but Joe was a very smart man and kept almost all his actions quiet--not much jail time equals very little to write about. The book focuses on Joe's son and his relationship with his father and the life he lead because of his father. Very worth reading.