Beginning with the 16th- and 17th-century Italian explorers of the American continent, this book traces historical figures of Italian descent who participated in the American Revolution, the Civil War, and early American politics. Chapters also are devoted to Italian American inventors, entrepreneurs, educators, athletes and entertainers. A special section is dedicated to pioneering Italian American women and their accomplishments. The book’s 200-plus illustrations include rare and historic photographs of immigrant life in the 19th and early 20th centuries as well as images of significant people and events in modern Italian American history.
Here is the story of the rise and fall of the notorious Bonanno crime family of New York. Now considered a classic, Honor Thy Father was the first true-to-life look at the Mafia from the inside. Gaining unprecedented access to the inner sanctum of dons, decisions, and deals, bestselling author Gay Talese brought to the American consciousness a world and a life previously known to only a few. No other book has done more to acquaint this country with the fascinating feuds, secrets, and frightening personalities of the secret organization known as the Mafia.
“An Italian ROOTS”
The Washington Post Book World
At long last, Gay Talese, one of America’s greatest living authors, employs his prodigious storytelling gifts to tell the saga of his own family’s emigration to America from Italy in the years preceding World War II. Ultimately it is the story of all immigrant families and the hope and sacrifice that took them from the familiarity of the old world into the mysteries and challenges of the new – into a place that tested their loyalties, their love, and their links with the past. A stirring and personal epic of discovery, UNTO THE SONS reinforces Gay Talese’s unique place of distinction in American Letters and as a chronicler of the American Experience. An immigrant saga reminiscent of Roots begins in a small Italian village and spans three generations and two world wars to capture the essence of the Italian-American experience.