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The Last Godfathers By John Follain

The Last Godfathers
by John Follain

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The bloody and gripping story of the Sicilian mafia, from the author of the highly acclaimed MUSSOLINI'S ISLAND.
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The Last Godfathers Summary

The Last Godfathers by John Follain

THE LAST GODFATHERS charts the rise of the notorious Corleone clan. From its humble origins in the town of Corleone, the clan manipulated Cosa Nostra's code of honour, deceiving and bludgeoning its way to the top of the secret brotherhood, purging its rivals and launching a terrorist campaign which decimated anti-mafia judges, police and politicians.

Journalist John Follain focuses on the three godfathers who headed the clan from the 1950s onwards. Luciano 'The Professor' Leggio, Salvatore 'The Beast' Riina and Bernardo 'The Tractor' Provenzano, who forged a vicious clan bent on the subversion of democracy.

Cutting through the romantic aura of Hollywood films, THE LAST GODFATHERS portrays the true face of the crime family which inspired Mario Puzo's The Godfather. Based on thousands of pages of judicial documents, wiretap transcripts, the testimony of mafiosi defectors and interviews with investigators, this is the definitive word on the world's most notorious criminal organisation.

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The Last Godfathers Reviews

Detailed, persuasive, the right side of lurid, this is compelling. * The Telegraph *
more detail and more gruesome colour than in any previous account. Follain musters this material with great skill into a compelling narrative. At the heart of the book there are two epic epic of modern police work and Follain brings it vividly to life. * Independent *
There's something disturbingly gripping about the relentless blood-spilling, feuds and betrayals; men taking life as breezily as if they were lifting a piece off a chessboard. * Tobias Jones, Mail on Sunday *
Although the story has often been told, Follain brings real suspense to its retelling. His prose is gripping. * Misha Glenny, The Sunday Times *
A terrific read...John Follain portrays the escalating savagery of Cosa Nostra's most notorious bosses with compelling rigour and verve. * John Dickie, author of Cosa Nostra *
'A scintillating mixture of history, true crime and whodunnit, told both with restrained moral anger and the fascinating insights of the leading expert in his field. This well-researched, hard-hitting book is a fitting epitaph for the courageous Judge Falcone...Compulsively readable'. * Andrew Roberts *

About John Follain

John Follain is a journalist and writer. His previous books include MUSSOLINI'S ISLAND, A Dishonoured Society, Confronting Fear, Zoya's Story and City of Secrets. He has covered Italy for The Sunday Times and The Sunday Times Magazine for the past ten years.

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The Last Godfathers by John Follain
John Follain
Used - Very Good
Hodder & Stoughton
Short-listed for Heathrow Travel Product Award: Travel Read, Non-Fiction 2009
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