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

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  215 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
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 cam ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Patrick Belair
This is a very chilling story about a group of people who care nothing about anyone except them selves, and then they turn on each other to suit what they feel is important to them. A must read for anyone interested in organized crime in U.S. or Italy.
Negar Ghadimi
Apr 06, 2017 Negar Ghadimi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hear the commandments of Cosa Nostra. You will not touch the women of other men of honour. You will not steal, nor will you exploit prostitution. You will not kill other men of honour save in cases of absolute necessity. You will never speak of the affairs of Cosa Nostra in front of strangers, nor will you introduce yourself on your own to other men of honour.
Riina shot a fruit and olive oil trader in the back, head and mouth, the last bullet a warning
Jun 30, 2014 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thrilling tour through the history of the rise and fall of the Corleonesi family who came to dominate the mafia in Sicily (the 'Cosa Nostra') in the late twentieth century.

The book focuses primarily on three men who emerged to lead the Corleonesi - Luciano Leggio, Salvatore Riina and Bernardo Provenzano. All three are vicious, power-hungry characters but each leads the mafia in a distinctively personal style that is brought to life well by the author, John Follain.

There is also a bewilderingly
Robert LoCicero
The Unholy Trinity can only be found in Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean and Italy's ancient breadbasket. It is also the birthplace and home of the Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian mafia. This excellent history by author Follain chronicles the rise of the most murderous and demented "Men of Honor" that ruled the mafia from the 1950's to the mid 1990's. These three butchers were Luciano Leggio, Salvatore Riiuna and Bernardo Provenzano. Of course they have "cute" nicknames like all good ma ...more
Feb 13, 2015 Mänsomläser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Att vara en gangster, en mafioso, vad innebär det i praktiken? För de mafiosos från Corleonefamiljen som porträtteras i den här boken så innebär det hur som helst att de så gott som uteslutande antingen hamnar i fängelse eller mördas, eller både ock.

Ju mer makt och kontroll en maffiafamilj kan skaffa sig, desto större blir möjligheterna för den att tjäna pengar, vilket samtidigt innebär att möjligheterna för andra maffiafamiljer att tjäna pengar minskar, och att sannolikheten för att myndighete
Oct 31, 2009 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
my first non-fiction book this year and the second i have read regarding the mafia. it was reallyreallyreally intriguing and shocking (dissolving body parts in acid :O) and just ... i have no words. to think the mafia makes more money than any other company/organisation in italy. and even though they keep catching bosses every now and then, it really doesn't change a thing. people trust the mafia more than they do the government (they are just two evils on different sides of the coin, IMO). the ...more
This book tells the story of the real godfathers. How 3 men from Corleone in Sicily; Luciano Leggio, Salvatore Riina and Bernardo Provenzano, came to dominate the Sicilian mob and wage a war of terror on the local people and the government of Italy. It tells how first ridiculed as “peasants” by the men of Palermo they rose to dominate the mafia through swiftness, cunning and sheer brutality. It tells of their unending war on justice including their blatant murders of prosecutors, judges, policem ...more
Louis Cecile
Mar 10, 2013 Louis Cecile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book provides clear understanding on the fascination of bad people and the evil they do. I cannot empathize or comprehend the many acts the book so honestly portrays. Yet despite being shocked the pull to read and be engrossed is amazing. The painstaking research blends well with the author making you feel like a bystander in awe of these developments. The early days of mafia life in the 1950s is like a town hypnotised by the violence of every day life. The rise to power is so brutal and he ...more
Apr 11, 2012 Saar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je moet niet verwachten dat je een mooi verhaal krijgt over het leven van Don Vito Corleone of zijn opvolgers. Dit is een al te realistisch verhaal over de maffia in Sicilië, meer bepaald Corleone en Palermo.
John Follain beschrijft op een aangename wijze de opkomst en ondergang van een maffiaclan, eerst bestaande uit simpele boeren, maar later een van de families die heel Italië op zijn kop zetten. Hij schetst duidelijk het probleem van de maffia en hoe de Italiaanse staat er eigenlijk niet in s
Apr 16, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: organised-crime
Having read numerous books on Mafia history I wasn't sure what I would get from this but it was exceptionally eye opening going extremely in depth about the Scicilian mafia, which tends to be overlooked in other books. A must read for anyone with an interest in Mafia history
Jul 25, 2014 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and horrifying.
Aug 23, 2012 Stevie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced narrative about the ruthless Corleonesi faction of the Sicilian Mafia. Insightful, informative and enjoyable to read.
Andre Vitor
Jun 19, 2016 Andre Vitor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
É um ótimo trabalho jornalistico que nos põe a par de todas as maldades e tradições de uma das mais perigosas organizações criminosas do mundo .
Niels Lodewijk
Didn't really know much about Italy's maffia , except from the movies. Accessible book, worse culture than I thought.
Jul 23, 2012 Shane rated it it was amazing
A history of the REAL Corleones!
Larry Van Bibber
This was an interesting history about the mafia in Corleone Italy. But nothing that I want to read again or to recommend to others.
Sep 09, 2009 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is about The Italian Mafia. They make their American counterparts look like day care centers.
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