The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno: The Final Secrets of a Life in the Mafia

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"What I am about to share with you has never been told by anyone who actually attended the Commission meetings. A story that I authorized to be published only after my death". (Bill Bonanno). Born into a powerful mob family and married into another, Salvatore 'Bill' Bonanno was privy to a private world that existed just outside the law for decades in America - a world ruled by the tenets of loyalty, secrecy, brotherhood, and survival at any cost: the Mafia. The son of Joe Bonanno-the Godfather-like head, or Rappresentante, of one of the original five crime families - Bill Bonanno came of age in the Golden Age of the Mafia. As the family's trusted Consigliere, he witnessed the unspeakable. He participated in cloistered acts of initiation. He spoke the language of violence and hierarchy, Sicilian history and familial ties that bind until death. He knew the untold secrets of the Commission meetings - where they were held, who attended, what security was required, how business was conducted, and what issues were discussed - secrets that could never be revealed until now. In his waning years, Bill realized that these secrets, the details, stories, and images - which he had meticulously kept from his own memoir "Bound by Honor" as well as Gay Talese's acclaimed chronicle of the Bonanno family, "Honor Thy Father" - would disappear with his passing. So with the help of author Gary Abromovitz, Bill composed a true last testament, a comprehensive opus that would finally unburden him of years of hidden truths - a project that can only now be published after Bill's death.

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Salvatore "Bill" Bonanno (1932 -2008) was the son of Joseph Bonanno, the head of the powerful Bonanno crime family. He was appointed by his father to the second most powerful position in the Bonanno crime family in the mid-1960s. He was the author of Bound by Honor, and co-author of the novel The Good Guys with Joseph Pistone and David Fisher. Bonanno also collaborated with Gay Talese on Honor Thy Father, a non-fiction chronicle of the Bonanno family. Bonanno died in 2008 at the age of 75.

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