More than forty years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones.
The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.
Mario Puzo, a master storyteller, introduces us to unforgettable characters, and the elements of this world explode to life in this violent and impassioned chronicle.
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The story of Don Vito Corleone, the head of a New York Mafia family, inspired some of the most successful movies ever. It is in Mario Puzo's The Godfather that Corleone first appears. As Corleone's desperate struggle to control the Mafia underworld unfolds, so does the story of his family. The novel is full of exquisitely detailed characters who, despite leading unconventional lifestyles within a notorious crime family, experience the triumphs and failures of the human condition. Filled with the requisite valor, love, and rancor of a great epic, The Godfather is the definitive gangster novel.From the Publisher:
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Book Description G. P. Putnam's Son, 1969. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Book Club Edition. Previous owner's name written at top of front endpaper. Dust jacket has some wear along edges and corners. Small split to top of book spine with small corresponding closed tear to DJ. ; Book Club edition. Hardcover book has black boards and spine with silver lettering. Book and text is clean. ; Book Club Edition; 1.5 x 8.3 x 5.6 Inches; 448 pages; Mario Puzo has here created an extraordinary novel; it pulsates with dramatic and evil incident, brute rate, and the naked terror of an infomous underworld. Puzo takes us inside the violence-infested society of the Mafia and its gang wars. He shows us its trials by gunfire and torture and the nature of Mafia friendship. The Godfather is essentially the story of a man and his power, and it is a reading experience one is not likely to forget. The Godfather is a friendly man, a "reasonable" man, a just man--and the deadiest gang leader in the Cosa Nostra. Bookseller Inventory # 188