Joseph Bonanno

Joseph Bonanno, the infamous Mafia "Boss of Bosses," was 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 twenty-six, Bonanno had 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. His book, A Man of Honor (St. Martin’s), was an international bestseller.

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A Man of Honor

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.

Published in Autobiography