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Author of numerous bestsellers, the classic chronicler of the American Mafia, and scriptwriter of the Superman movies, Mario Puzo died in 1999.
One of Simon Kernick's favourite books. The ultimate gangster book and yet this is not just a story of the mafia in the 1940’s but also a story about family. Don Corleone, The Godfather, is a powerful, dangerous and devoted man. He is likeable despite the dark dealings he is involved with and this is what makes for such a great character. Quite simply a brilliant book. August 2010 Guest Editor Veronica Henry on The Godfather... A sense of family is always important to me in my books, and you don’t get a bigger sense of family than with the Corleones. Puzo does three dimensional characters and moral dilemmas better than anyone, and there are so many iconic moments – horse’s heads, sleeping with the fishes …
**With an exclusive introduction by Francis Ford Coppola** Tyrant, blackmailer, racketeer, murderer - his influence reaches every level of American society. Meet Don Corleone, a friendly man, a just man, a reasonable man. The deadliest lord of the Cosa Nostra. The Godfather. A modern masterpiece, The Godfather is a searing portrait of the 1940s criminal underworld. It is also the intimate story of the Corleone family, at once drawn together and ripped apart by its unique position at the core of the American Mafia. Mario Puzo's compelling tale of blackmail, murder and family values is a true classic, and remains just as shocking fifty years after it was first published. This special anniversary edition is a must-have for admirers of the novel and essential reading for fans of the timeless film adaptations.
The Godfather is an extraordinary novel which has become a modern day classic. Puzo pulls us inside the violent society of the Mafia and its gang wars.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 the 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.
A new Kennedy has been elected president. A man who has inherited all the good looks, wealth, and youthful idealism of his famous uncles. He is Francis Xavier Kennedy - and suddenly the old dynastic dream of a better America again seems possible. But the energetic new president is also haunted by the darker side of the Kennedy legacy - a legacy of tragedy that he may be powerless to escape. When his daughter is kidnapped by terrorists, President Kennedy is forced to make desperate decisions. As his violent reprisals take effect, the world holds its breath. A compelling, prescient and engrossing novel from the author of The Godfather.
Michael Corleone's exile in Sicily is ending, but on the instructions of his father, The Godfather, he must bring back to him the young man known as Salvatore Giuliano - if he can find him. At sea amid the treacheries of a brutal and unfamiliar land, Michael must find a way through the labyrinthine deceits that surround him, while Giuliano prepares himself for a final confrontation with Don Croce, Capo di Capi of the Sicilian Mafia. A novel of explosive suspense, heroic action - and evil on an epic scale. In the hands of Mario Puzo's brilliantly sinister talent, the reader comes to know again the terrible magic of the Mafia.
In this entertaining and insightful essay, Mario Puzo chronicles his rise from struggling writer to overnight success after the publication of The Godfather. With equal parts cynicism and humor, Puzo recounts the book deal and his experiences in Hollywood while writing the screenplay for the movie. Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Evans, Peter Bart, Marlon Brando, and Al Pacino all make appearances-as does Frank Sinatra, in his famous and disastrous encounter with Puzo. First published in 1972, the essay is now available as an ebook for the first time. A must-have for every Godfather fan! Featuring a foreword by Ed Falco, author of The Family Corleone.
Ein mitreiender Mafia-ThrillerDer kleine Vito entkommt als Einziger einem Massaker in seinem Heimatort auf Sizilien. Er flieht nach New York und wird als Erwachsener zum gefrchteten Paten der amerikanischen Mafia. Aber ihn beherrscht nur ein Gedanke: Er will den Mord an seiner Familie rchen. "e;Im New York der 30er Jahre haben einige italienische Grofamilien die Stadt unter sich aufgeteilt. Wetten, Bestechung und Schmuggel gehren zu den krummen Geschften der Mnner, die ihrem Paten Don Vito Corleone absolute Treue geschworen haben. Alles luft nach den festen Regeln der ehrenwerten Gesellschaft ab - bis ein Bandenkrieg ausbricht. Mario Puzo beschreibt das Bandenmilieu detailgetreu und unheimlich mitreiend. Keine Angst vor den vielen Seiten, die hat man in null Komma nix gelesen."e; (Brigitte)
MARIO PUZO'S FIRST ACCLAIMED NOVEL, BEFORE HIS CREATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER, THE GODFATHER. AN ASTOUNDING STORY OF CORRUPTION AND BETRAYAL. Hardened by the brutality and desceration of three long years of war, Walter Mosca returns to America a changed man. But he has no sooner arrived than he knows he must run back to the land of the enemy, to find the woman who accepts the rage and cruelty of the world around her. In Germany, where the bitter aftermath of war is everything apparent, American cigarettes will buy almost anything. Mosca now faces a different kind of war, one in which he must make a fateful decision - between love and ambition, passion and greed, life and death...
A CLASSIC TALE OF THE LOVES, CRIMES AND STRUGGLES CONFRONTED BY ONE FAMILY OF IMMIGRANTS LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY. From the barren farms of Italy to the cramped tenements of New York, Lucia Santa - wife, widow and mother of two families - must steer them through the Depression and the early years of war as they adapt to life in a strange land. However, she cannot prevent the conflict between Italian and American values - nor the violence and bloodshed which must surely follow...
FROM THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER OF THE GODFATHER A STORY OF BIG-TIME GAMBLERS IN A FEVERISH WORLD WHERE LAW AND ORGANISED CRIME ARE ONE AND THE SAME... From New York to Las Vegas, Merlyn and his brother Artie obey their own code of honour in the ferment of contemporary America - a world of greed, lust, violence and betrayal, where the power of corruption and the corruption of power are nowhere better explored.
New York, 1933. Die Aufhebung der Prohibition steht kurz bevor und die Stadt bekommt ihren ersten italienisch-stammigen Burgermeister. Vito Corleone ist bereits mehr als nur der einfache Geschaftsmann, fur den er sich ausgibt, doch langst noch nicht der machtige Pate, der er werden wird. Er muss sich gegen den brutalen Mariposa, den obersten Boss der Bosse, zur Wehr setzen, mit rachsuchtigen irischen Gangs fertig werden und den gefahrlichen Luca Brasi besanftigen, der seinen Sohn zu toten droht. All das, wahrend er versucht seine Kinder, besonders den jahzornigen Sonny, vor der Welt des Verbrechens zu beschutzen. Aber Sonny entdeckt das Geheimnis seines Vaters und zwingt ihn zum Handeln.
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