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Bound by Honor: A Mafioso's Story

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  146 ratings  ·  8 reviews
No one can tell the true story of the Mafia in America better than Bill Bonanno. He was there. He lived it.

Bill Bonanno was born into a world of respect, tradition, and honor. The son of legendary mafioso Joe Bonanno, Bill was a "made" member of the Mafia by the time he was in his early twenties. He was rumored to be the model for The Godfather's Michael Corleone and was
ebook, 304 pages
Published April 15th 1999 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1999)
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This book was hard to get through because Bill Bonanno is a complete blowhard who seems to believe that he is the most honorable and wonderful person to have ever graced the earth besides his father. The book is full of self-aggrandizing anecdotes that claim how honorable the traditional mafia was and how his family were the most important and traditional of them all. He simultaneously claims that he and his family were hardly violent at all as well as being badasses that should be feared and re ...more
Beth F.
The author of this book passed away around the same time I picked this book up at the library. He was the son of Joseph Bonnano, who was the leader of the Bonnano Family during the Mafia’s high point in the US (in the 1950’s). This book wasn’t as good as I’d been hoping. It started strong with the claim that the author knew who killed JFK and why and that Lee Harvey Oswald had been a patsy. I felt like the author wrote it from a perspective where he knows you don’t really know what he’s talking ...more
Steven Scaffardi
Perhaps a better name for this book should be Boast By Honor. After all, this books boasts that it's 'The fascinating true story of the powerful crime family that inspired the The Godfather.' It also boasts of Mafia ties to the likes of JFK and the Hollywood elite. And Bill Bonanno does plenty of boasting about his own credentials within one of the most powerful crime organisations in American history.

Bound By Honor isn't a bad book, and it's first-hand account of an era that gave their names to
I enjoyed ready nag about the traditions from the old country and what the Mafia was like in the beginning. The information on the government and how it worked with the mafia was also pretty cool.
To now know the secrets behind the JFK assassination as well as Jimmy Hoffa's abduction, among other inner working of the mafia's day to day activities, is a treat to say the least. Bill Bonnano and his Family live by a code few of us will ever begin to understand. With Bill's excellent recall of events during his time near the head of the mafia table, he takes us into his world of politics, power and restraint; a world bound by honor.
I wish I could rate this book lower. Typical story - spoiled son of an "important" man who thinks he's important. Poor Bill is too dense to realize this. The thought that Mario Puzo considered him a model for the Michael Corleone character is laughable. This book was so boring I put it down the first time; its amazing I was able to finish it.
Don't know how much of it is true. Some of the five families stories I have read before and the rest of the book was good.
Nicole G.
Autobiography of one of the members of the Bonanno clan
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