Show Business: Behind the Mystique of the Mafia

MAFIA business is not precisely booming these days, but business about the Mafia has never been better. There are nearly 1,000,000 God father hard covers in print, and over 10 million paperbacks. Jimmy Breslin's bestselling comic novel The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight — said to be a takeoff on the chaotic exploits of Brooklyn's Gallo gang — was recently reincarnated as a movie. Gay Talese's Honor Thy Father, a detailed and understanding portrait of the son of Mafia Boss Joseph Bonanno, has been on the bestseller lists for four months, and recently...

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