Autobiography

by Salvatore “Bill” Bonanno with Gary B. Abromovitz

“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.

The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno begins with an outline of the real history of the Mafia and its evolution from a secret outlaw group of Sicilians in the 1200s. It then pulls back the blinds on the secret Commission meetings of the 1930s-1960s and reveals the highly confidential, and often misunderstood, details of the day-to-day life of the syndicate. Told from the inside—and complete with photographs of never-before-seen rituals and ceremonies—The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno is the ultimate insider’s final attempt to lay bare the truth of the Mafia on paper, for all to see

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by Billy Waugh with Tim Keown

Spanning more than five decades, here is a riveting true account of fighting America's enemies around the world - told by the soldier/operative who was there.

Billy Waugh does not consider himself a hero - even though he has lurked in the shadows and on the periphery on many of the most significant events of the past half-century on active duty with the U.S. Army Special Forces and the CIA, fighting enemies of the United States. In Hunting the Jackal, this legendary warrior reveals the extraordinary events of his life and career, offering a point-by-point eyewitness account of the historical events in which he participated.

Serving in Korea and Vietnam, Waugh was among the first Green Berets in 1963. He has helped train Libyan commandos in the Sahara Desert, while spying on Russian missile sites in Benghazi, and he worked against Carribean drug runners. He was the first CIA operative to watch Osama Bin Laden in Khartoum, and in 1994 he captured the notorious Carlos the Jackal in Sudan - a story that until now has never been told.

by Joseph Bonanno

"Friendships, connections, family ties, trust, loyalty, obedience -- this was the 'glue' that held us together."

These were the principles that the greatest Mafia "Boss of Bosses" Joseph Bonanno lived by. Born in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, Bonanno found his future amid the whiskey-running, riotous streets of Prohibition America in 1924, when he illegally entered the United States to pursue his dreams. By the age of only 26, Bonanno became a Don. He would eventually take over the New York underworld, igniting the "Castellamarese War", one of the bloodiest Family battles ever to hit New York City.

Now, in this candid and stunning memoir, Joe Bonanno takes readers inside the world of the real Mafia. He reveals the inner workings of New York's Five Families -- Bonanno, Gambino, Profaci, Lucchese and Genovese -- and uncovers how the Mafia not only dominated local businesses but also influenced national politics. A fascinating glimpse into the world of crime, A Man Of Honor is an unforgettable account of one of the most powerful crime figures in American history.

by Ed McMahon

Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Everybody knows Ed McMahon. Now the man on Johnny's couch talks about the brightest stars, the zaniest bits, and the most embarrassing moments he experienced both on camera and behind the scenes. For Laughing Out Loud also chronicles his climb from radio teenage jockey to the man who has logged the most TV screen time ever, along with his drinking, marriages and divorces, his family and life after The Tonight Show.

by Clayton Moore with Frank Thompson

Every baby boomer in America knows who that masked man was. He was mysterious and mythic at the same time, the epitome of the American hero: compassionate, honest, patriotic, inventive, an unswerving champion of justice and fair play. This biography, written with Frank Thompson, details Moore's career before and after his years with Tonto, sketches in his personal life, and relates how his fans were outraged when, in 1979, Moore was legally forbidden to wear his famous mask in public appearances.

by Jerry Speziale

In this mesmerizing true story, career cop Jerry Speziale chronicles his fast living years as one of the youngest recruits for the DEA's task force on drug -- an unimaginable odyssey of undercover intrigue, Colombian kingpins, amazing takedowns and nerve-jangling narrow escapes.

Speziale was recruited by the Drug Enforcement Administration and assigned to an elite drug task force whose main purpose was to infiltrate and dismantle the powerful Cali drug cartel. After learning the ropes, Speziale discovered that his informant was betraying him all along.

By turns harrowing and heroic, compelling and inspiring, Jerry Speizale's story reads like a Hollywood thriller. It's a white-knuckle ride into a world few people ever see, a decent into the netherworld of Colombia's deadly drug cartels. And it's a rare glimpse into the back rooms of justice where the country's finest put their lives on the line every day, never forgetting their duty... or its consequences.

by Rosalie Bonanno with Beverly Donofrio

An unforgettable look inside the Godfather's own house.

She Was A Profaci. He Was A Bonanno. Rosalie Profaci was a Mafia princess. Salvatore "Bill" Bonanno, oldest son of Mafia Don Joe Bonanno, the real-life model for The Godfather, was organized crime's crown prince. And Bill, deeply involved in his father's "business" of mob schemes thought pretty Rosalie knew what it meant to be a "Mafia wife." But the convent-raised, deeply devout Rosalie, whose innocence was protected by her doting father, had no idea.

Mafia Marriage is Rosalie Bonanno's intimate account of life inside the secretive world of the Mafia. Naming names and providing shocking details, she writes about the wild spending sprees, the mysterious absences of her husband, the other women in his-their running from the law, the abductions, and shootings. Above all, Rosalie reveals the passion that kept her virtually a prisoner to love.... and her heartbreaking journey of discovering the truth and trying to break free.

by Stefanie Powers

Born and raised in Hollywoor, Stefanie Powers signed with Columbia Pictures at the age of seventeen and, while being groomed for stardom, she experienced the tail end of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Best known for her role as Robert Wagner’s wife and crime-fighting partner on the popular 1980s show Hart to Hart—still in syndication in more than sixty countries around the world (and for which she won four Emmy Award nominations)—Stefanie reveals her personal life with the intimacy of a friendly chat.

 

The year 2009 was life changing for Stefanie Powers. Two events- a bout with cancer and her mother’s death—led her to reflect on her life and career, from her childhood and early years at the tail end of the Hollywood Star System in the 1960s, her remarkable relationship with William Holden for the last nine years of his turbulent life, and the beginnings with Holden of her lifelong commitment to wildlife conservation, which led to the creation of one preserve in Kenya and on in Central America. Finally there are her travels with her aging mother, to extraordinary places among extraordinary people.

 

In between, there are loving stories about John Wayne, Bing Crosby, Lana turner, David Niven, Glen Ford, Roger Moore, Rock Hudson, James Garner, Telly Savalas, Michael Douglas, Anthony Hopkins, James Caan, George Hamilton, Lloyd Bridges, and Helen Hayes, as well as numerous other friends and associates, ranging from Ava Gardner and Natalie Woods.

 

This is a quintessential Hollywood tale of a fascinating life lived within a tapestry of remarkable events and personalities and filled with unconventional pursuits and adventures

by Anousheh Ansari with Homer Hickam

In her heartwarming and empowering memoir, space pioneer Anousheh Ansari tells the story of her childhood in Iran and her family's exodus to America after the Islamic Revolution. After settling down in Texas, Anousheh built a computer technology firm from the ground up, which eventually realized a net worth of $750 million and ultimately allowed her to achieve her childhood dream of spaceflight. In her groundbreaking role as the first-ever female commercial spaceflight participant, her story became politicized and fraught with the prejudices and obstacles she had to overcome as an Iranian woman, culminating in a debate over whether she would be allowed to display both the American and Iranian flags on the sleeve of her spacesuit.

After her return to Earth, Anousheh started The Ansari Foundation, a quickly growing nonprofit which supports social entrepreneurship, and is especially committed to ensuring the freedom of women around the world and supporting female entrepreneurs. Ultimately, this evocative story shows the triumph of a woman who has become a role model to people around the globe struggling to overcome economic and cultural barriers, as well as those dreamers who look upon the stars and wish to soar among them.