The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno

The Final Secrets of a Life in the Mafia

By Bill Bonanno; Gary B. Abromovitz
(William Morrow Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061992025, 368pp.)

Publication Date: August 2011

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Born into a powerful mob family, Salvatore “Bill” Bonanno was privy to a private world that existed just outside the law for decades in America—a world ruled by the tenets of loyalty, secrecy, brotherhood, and survival at any cost: the Mafia.

The son of Joe Bonanno—the Godfather-like head of one of the original five New york Crime Families—Bill Bonanno came of age in the Golden Age of the Mafia. In this fascinating final testament he ushers readers into that cloistered world, from its origins in medieval Sicilian and Italian history to its rise, tumultuous peak, and precipitous fall in America. Told from the inside—and complete with rare unpublished photographs of candid moments, major players, rituals, and ceremonies—The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno is the ultimate insider’s final word on one of the most secretive and misunderstood phenomena of our time.




About the Author

Salvatore “Bill” Bonanno (1932-2008) was the son of Joseph Bonanno, the head of the powerful Bonanno crime Family. He was the author of Bound by Honor and coauthor of the novel The Good Guys with Joseph Pistone and David Fisher, and he collaborated with Gay Talese on Honor Thy Father, a nonfiction chronicle of the Bonanno family.

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