The Last Godfathers: Inside the Mafia's Most Infamous Family

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Macmillan, Jul 21, 2009 - True Crime - 368 pages
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The Last Godfathers charts the spectacular rise and the fall of one of the richest and most powerful criminal organizations in history, the Sicilian mafia's Corleone clan. From humble origins in the town of Corleone, they manipulated the Cosa Nostra's code of honor—deceiving and bludgeoning to the summit of the secret brotherhood, purging rivals and launching terrorist campaigns which decimated anti-mafia judges, police and politicians.

Journalist John Follian focuses on the three godfathers who headed the clan from the 1950s on. Luciano "The Professor" Leggio, Salvator "The Beast" Riina and Bernardo "The Tractor" Provenzano—who forged a vicious gang bent on the subversion of democracy.

Cutting through the romantic aura of Hollywood films, The Last Godfathers portrays the true face of the Corleone mob, delving into the bloody facts behind the myth of the modern mafia.


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Because of The Godfather books and films, the name Corleone is well known worldwide. Follain (Jackal: The Complete Story of the Legendary Terrorist), the Rome correspondent for the Sunday Times ... Read full review


Prologue 23 May 1992
1 Corleone 19051963
2 The Rise of The Peasants 19631974
3 Forging a Dictatorship 19741983
4 The Servants of the State Fight Back 19831992
5 Mafia Terrorism 19921996
6 The Mafia Turns Silent 19952002
7 The Fall of the Corleonesi 20022008
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JOHN FOLLAIN is a journalist and with a sepcialization in crime reporting. He has written about Italy as the Rome correspondent for The Sunday Times and The Sunday Times Magazine for the past ten years.

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