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Born Jan. 18, 1905, in Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily, Joseph Bonanno, 3, came to America with his family in 1908, but his family returned to live in Castellammare de Golfo where he became a Mafiosi antifascist, fighting Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini 's attempts to rule Sicily.

His nickname was Joe Banana

Bonanno took control of Salvatore Maranzano's territory after his death and became a member of The Commission.

Joe Bonanno, Tucsonan, boss in Mafia, dies

Bill Bonanno wrote a book based on the life of his father, a former crime boss. "Bonanno: A Godfather's Story" details the life of the former crime boss as a young man in Sicily, a don in New York and then a retiree in Arizona.

Mafia Marriage by Rosalie Bananno, Beverly Donofrio
Their Marriage United Two Mafia Dynasties -- Rosalie Profaci was a Mafia princess. Salvatore "Bill" Bonanno, oldest son of Mafia Don Joe Bonanno, the model for The Godfather, was organized crime's crown prince. Bill involved in his father's "business" thought the convent-raised, devout Rosalie knew what it meant to be a "Mafia wife." But Rosalie, protected by her father, had no idea.. Rosalie Bonanno's life inside the world of the Mafia. Naming names and shocking details, she writes about spending sprees, absences of her husband, the other women, in his running from the law, abductions, and shootings. Rosalie reveals a prisoner to love...and discovering the truth and trying to break free.

Bonanno' two sons, Salvatore and Joseph Jr., have been involved in trouble with the law. Joseph Jr. pleaded guilty to making a false statement to a federal drug agent during a cocaine conspiracy investigation. Both were charged in a home improvement scam. Salvatore was convicted and Joe Jr. pleaded no contest in a plea bargain.

The Pizza Connection -- On July 12, 1979, Carmine Galanta, boss of the Bonanno crime family, was ambushed and killed in a Brooklyn Restaurant. Federal officers investigating the hit soon found a link to a previously unknown, billion-dollar drug pipeline. The case soon expanded to the Italian Government and Federal agents across America. Trace the network of crime that converted tons of Sicilian-made heroin to billions of dollars in cash using small businesses throughout America, from New York pizzerias to Midwest strip mall stores. FBI and DEA agents tell how they uncovered the powerful figure behind the vast network Gaetano Badalamenti, a Mafia outlaw trying to stay alive and build an empire. Attorneys recall the trial.

The Valachi Papers by Peter Maas -- The First Inside Account of the Mafia -- In the 1960s, Joseph Valachia, disgruntled soldier in New York's Genovese Crime Family decided to break the Mob's code of silence, Valachi detailed the organization from the bosses, of every Family, to the hit men who "clipped" rivals and turncoats. Valachi provided facts that broke the back of America's Cosa Nostra. Peter Maas's is the author of Underboss. His other bestsellers Serpico, Manhunt, and In a Child's Name.

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Reversible Destiny: Mafia, Antimafia, and the Struggle for Palermo by Peter T. Schneider, Jane C. Schneider -- Traces the history of the Sicilian mafia to its 19th-century roots and late-20th-century involvement in urban real estate and construction as well as drugs. Based on research in the capital of Palermo regarding secretive organized crime: its capacity to reproduce a subculture of violence through time, its acquisition of a dense connective web of political and financial protectors during the Cold War era, and that repressing it risks harming vulnerable people and communities.

The Gangs of New York: An Informal History of the Underworld
by Herbert Asbury An informal history of the underworld," first published in 1928.

 

A Goodfella's Guide to New York: Your Personal Tour Through the Mob's Notorious Haunts, Hair-Raising Crime Scenes, and Infamous Hot Spots by Henry Hill, Bryon Schreckengost

 

 

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