The Honored Society

Gambino, Michael (Michael Pellegrino)

Published by New York, NY, U.S.A.: Simon & Schuster, 2001, 2001
ISBN 10: 0743442792 / ISBN 13: 9780743442794
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Hard Cover. Near Fine/Fine. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 1st Ed., 1st Printing, number row 10-1, HB/DJ, NF/F, 268 pp. Book has front board slightly warped, tiny indentation on rear bottom board edge. Simon & Schuster, which released "The Honored Society" last November, has stopped shipping the novel and has informed stores that they can return it. Rothberg said no decision had been made about whether readers could be refunded. According to Neilsen BookScan, which tracks sales, the novel has sold 21,289 copies. The late Carlo Gambino does have a grandson named Michael. He is 16 and attends high school in New York. Pellegrino, who lives in Las Vegas, claimed he was Michael Gambino, the name that appears on the book jacket. Inside, the author claimed to have spent 12 years in prison for murder, kidnapping, extortion, gambling and pimping. Bookseller Inventory # 11543

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Synopsis: With this blistering and revelatory crime epic, Michael Gambino, grandson of the original "Godfather, " aims for the gut and catapults readers straight into the heart of the Mafia--a world he knows better than anybody.

From Publishers Weekly: Though promoted as fiction by the its publisher, Pocket, Michael Gambino's The Honored Society reads like a memoir, an impression enhanced by the preface from the author's mother, Carmella Gambino, and by the author's own introduction ("My dad, Vito Gambino, was a career gangster whose father before him was also a gangster") and author's note. In fact, anyone who knows a bit about the Mafia will recognize the Gambino name (John Gotti was/is head of the Gambino Family). This book then seems to be, under the cloak of fiction, the story of the author's rise and fall within the Mob. While it offers a deep insider's view of the Mafia, it provides little that fans of The Godfather, The Sopranos and numerous Mafia memoirs haven't seen or read before. Gambino's tale is extremely violent, and will prove rough reading for many, but the directness and honesty of its recounting are notable.

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Title: The Honored Society
Publisher: New York, NY, U.S.A.: Simon & Schuster, 2001
Publication Date: 2001
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition

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Book Description Pocket Books, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing (complete number line). 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Boards resist opening past 40 degrees. After publication, the publisher launched a legal action against the author. It turned out there was a Michael Gambino, son of the noted (or should that be "reputed"?) crime boss, but he was at the time a teenager attending prep school. As we recall, the author replied his mother had told him he was Gambino's illegitimate son, and besides the publisher had bought -- and promoted -- the book as fiction, so what difference did it make? It remains a good question. 268 pp. No remainder marks. Covers are flat and true. Corners are square. Dust jacket is not price-clipped (Original $25.00 price intact). This First Edition, First Printing, “Fine” condition book is a very nice collectible copy. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-2819399922738494035

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