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Mark Winegardner was born and raised in Bryan, Ohio, near Exit 2, a town of 8,000 which supplies the world with its Dum-Dum suckers and Etch-a-Sketches. His parents owned an RV dealership there, and every summer he traveled with his family across the USA in various travel trailers and motorhomes. By the time he was 15, he had been in all 48 contiguous states. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Miami University and went on to receive a master of fine arts degree in fiction writing from George Mason University. He published his first book at age 26, while still in graduate school.
His books have been chosen as among the best of the year by the New York Times Book Review, Chicago Sun-Times, Los Angeles Times, the New York Public Library, and USA Today. Several of his stories have been chosen as Distinguished Stories of the Year in The Best American Short Stories. He is the author of two acclaimed novels: The Veracruz Blues and Crooked River Burning.
The Godfather’s final chapter relates that “The bloody victory of the Corleone family was not complete …” and so the Puzo’s estate decided it should be. This takes up Michael’s story from 1955-65, from Las Vegas to New York and is no doubt full of authentic detail but, interesting though it is, it lacks the spark of the master, but if you’re a devotee you should read it.Comparison: Mario Puzo, James Ellroy, Lorenzo Carcaterra.Similar this month: None but try William Landay.
Mario Puzo's The Godfather became a mega-bestseller and an instant classic. In The Godfather's Revenge, the third and concluding novel in Mario Puzo's landmark saga, Winegardner moves the Corleone family onto the biggest stage of all: the intersection of organized crime and national politics. At its center are five men: Michael Corleone, boss of America's most powerful crime family, is a haunted mantormented by demons from his past even as he pursues the mantle of legitimacy. Former caporegime Nick Geraci is a hunted mansought with equal fervor by the Corleones, who want him dead, and the feds, whose designs are less clear. U.S. Attorney General Daniel Brendan Shea is an ambitious mandetermined to forge a name for himself by toppling the kingpins of organized crime. Carlo Tramonti is a vindictive manthe capo of the New Orleans syndicate, who will exact his revenge no matter the cost. And Tom Hagen is a trapped man, an Irish consigliere in an Italian world, charged with brokering a nearly impossible compromise with the governmentand putting himself in mortal peril. The explosive collision of these powerful men culminates in a tragedy of historic proportionan unforgettable capstone to Puzo's great American epic. But the true measure of Mark Winegardner's achievement is in capturing not only the outsized personalities working for power and control, but also their interior lives, the colorful array of wives and daughters, parents and friends who surround themthe intimate details and textures that constitute the world of contradictory impulses and best intentions of that strangest and most exotic of institutions, family.
It is 1963 in New York, and things have never been better for the Corleones. They've taken out their Mafia rivals, and legitimised the Family. Outside the fortified building owned by Michael Corleone, newly undisputed Boss of Bosses, a parade of people - among them former mob rivals and an emissary from the Mayor of New York - wait to ask the great man for favours. Only one thing remains to be done. Traitorous former Corleone capo Nick Geraci has powerful friends and far too much to say, and needs to be brought in. But then everything changes. As fireworks explode over First Avenue, news arrives that Jimmy Shea, President of the United States and an old friend of the Corleone's, has been assassinated...
The third installment in Mario Puzo's epic chronicle of the Corleone crime family-one of the most enduring lineages in American literature and cinema-achieves a stunning crescendo with a story that imagines the role of the Mafia in the assassination of a young, charismatic president. Unabridged CDs - 10 CDs, 12 hours
The third, and final, installment in Mario Puzo's epic chronicle of the Corleone crime familyone of the most enduring lineages in American literature and cinemaachieves a stunning crescendo with a story that imagines the role of the Mafia in the assassination of a young, charismatic president.It's impossible to overstate the influence of Mario Puzo's The Godfather, which has become an essential part of our cultural lexicon. Puzo's novel about the secret world of organized crime became a megabestseller and an instant classic. The book inspired the Francis Ford Coppola filmsunprecedented successes in their own rightand launched a national obsession with the Mafia that continues unabated today.In The Godfather's Revengeagain authorized by the Puzo EstateMark Winegardner moves the Corleone family onto the biggest stage of all: the intersection of organized crime and national politics. A subordinate to Michael Corleone, New Orleans underboss Carlo Tramonti is publicly humiliated when the U.S. Attorney GeneralPresident Danny Shea's brotherhas him arrested and deported to Colombia. Tramonti eventually returns, hell-bent on settling scores, and triggers a series of events destined to change the course of American history. Corleone, though haunted by the death of his brother Fredo, knows that this is no time for weaknessand so, with fearless consigliere Tom Hagen leading the way, a new path for the future is forged.As the dramatic twists of The Godfather's Revenge take the reader from Las Vegas to Miami to New Orleans, from the power alleys of Washington, D.C., to the remote jungles of Colombia, the puppet master behind the curtain remains Michael Corleone, the tortured prodigal son who is determined to redefine his family's legacy and make his fatherthe original Godfatherproud.
THE MISSING YEARS FROM THE GREATEST CRIME SAGA OF ALL TIMEThirty-five years ago, Mario Puzos great American tale, The Godfather, was published, and popular culture was indelibly changed. Now, in The Godfather Returns, acclaimed novelist Mark Winegardner continues the storythe years not covered in Puzos bestselling book or in Francis Ford Coppolas classic films. It is 1955. Michael Corleone has won a bloody victory in the war among New Yorks crime families. Now he wants to consolidate his power, save his marriage, and take his family into legitimate businesses. To do so, he must confront his most dangerous adversary yet, Nick Geraci, a former boxer who worked his way through law school as a Corleone street enforcer, and who is every bit as deadly and cunning as Michael. Their personal cold war will run from 1955 to 1962, exerting immense influence on the lives of Americas most powerful criminals and their loved ones, including Tom Hagen, the Corleone Familys lawyer and consigliere, who embarks on a political career in Nevada while trying to protect his brother;Francesca Corleone, daughter of Michaels late brother Sonny, who is suddenly learning her familys true history and faces a difficult choice;Don Louie Russo, head of the Chicago mob, who plays dumb but has wily ambitions for muscling in on the Corleones territory;Peter Clemenza, the stalwart Corleone underboss, who knows more Family secrets than almost anyone;Ambassador M. Corbett Shea, a former Prohibition-era bootlegger and business ally of the Corleones, who wants to get his son elected to the presidencyand needs some help from his old friends;Johnny Fontane, the worlds greatest saloon singer, who ascends to new heights as a recording artist, cozying up to Washingtons power elite and maintaining a precarious relationship with notorious underworld figures;Kay Adams Corleone, who finally discovers the truth about her husband, Michaeland must decide what it means for their marriage and their children andFredo Corleone, whose death has never been fully explained until now, and whose betrayal of the Family was part of a larger and more sinister chain of events.Sweeping from New York and Washington to Las Vegas and Cuba, The Godfather Returns is the spellbinding story of Americas criminal underworld at mid-century and its intersection with the political, legal, and entertainment empires. Mark Winegardner brings an original voice and vision to Mario Puzos mythic characters while creating several equally unforgettable characters of his own. The Godfather Returns stands on its own as a triumphin a tale about what we love, yearn for, and sometimes have reason to fear . . . family.From the Hardcover edition.