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An Offer We Can't Refuse: The Mafia in the Mind of America

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A provocative and entertaining look at the mafia, the media, and the (un)making of Italian Americans.

As evidenced in countless films, novels, and television portrayals, the Mafia has maintained an enduring hold on the American cultural imagination--even as it continues to wrongly color our real-life perception of Italian Americans. In An Offer We Can't Refuse, George De St
ebook, 448 pages
Published January 23rd 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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May 18, 2012 Edward Stevens rated it it was amazing
Excellent and original study of the history of the "Mafia myth" in American pop culture from early films like "Little Caesar" and "Scarface" to "The Sopranos." The author covers a lot of ground, from southern Italian immigration to the US to the origins of the Mafia in Sicily to the current state of Italian organized crime, along the way comparing historical fact with representation of Italians and Italian Anmericans, in books, movies, TV shows and even pop music. He also does something I've nev ...more
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I am a journalist and critic living in Long Island City, NY. I am the author of "An Offer We Can't Refuse: The Mafia in the Mind of America" (Faber & Faber/ Farrar,Straus,Giroux). The book explores the origins and development of "The Mafia Myth," one of the longest-running shows in American popular culture. The book has been well-reviewed; Kirkus called it "a whip-smart meditation on the power ...more
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