The Last Testament of Bill Bonanno
The Final Secrets of a Life in the Mafia
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 Americaa world ruled by the tenets of loyalty, secrecy, brotherhood, and survival at any cost: the Mafia.
The son of Joe Bonannothe Godfather-like head of one of the original five New york Crime FamiliesBill 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 Told from the insideand complete with rare unpublished photographs of candid moments, major players, rituals, and ceremoniesThe Last Testament of Bill Bonanno is the ultimate insiders final word on one of the most secretive and misunderstood phenomena of our time.
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.