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Minestrone for the Mobster's Soul: Life Lessons from the Movie Mafia Paperback – June 23, 2008


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What If? by Randall Munroe
From the creator of the wildly popular webcomic xkcd, find hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask. Learn more

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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Aventine Press (June 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593305400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593305406
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,115,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Johnny P. on January 29, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Growing up in the Chicagoland area I can relate to what these two men are writing about. Although from different generations and a different Outfit controlled town, the same values applied. You knew who these men were and what they were capable of. Dont ask, dont tell is what it came down. When I can't put a book down, I know its a keeper. Very well written. Very accurate on every account. This very book is why our grandfathers, fathers, uncle's and brother's always stressed getting two PHD's. One in school and one on the streets. These men lived it and all these movies were made because of that reason. I couldn't agree more with Joey and Bobby that life lessons are learned from the Movie Mafia!
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When I first heard the idea for this -- a self-help book where the reader could learn about life from Mafia movies -- I laughed out loud. But this book is much more than a funny idea. Part memoir, part lessons, part movie critique, and part fiction, this is one of the smartest books I've read in years. Bobby and Joey, the authors, take you for a brutal and jolting walk through Chicago's near-west side. Along the way, we get the cousins' life stories, and how they learned about the world from the classic mob movies over the years. Sure, there's lots of hilarious moments, but the writers are correct about a lot of connections they point out--maybe the biggest is that mob movies are the Westerns of modern America. Anyone interested in movies, memoirs, Chicago, Italian-Americans, humor, or life-lessons will love this book. It ought to be a TV series.
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Cleverly written, in the street slang of 1950's Chicago, this is a coming of age fiction about two cousins, growing up on the West Side of Chicago during the '50's and 60's. Their lives, influenced by the culture and actual events of that time, are compared, thoughout, to mafia/mob movies, with an emphasis on 14 themes, ranging from "omerta" (silence) and honor, to trust, betrayal, and religion. Each chapter ends by bringing the "lessons learned" up to the present, with thought provoking relevant questions for us in our lives today. With all the detailed references & quotes from over 100 major & minor movies, this book should be a required text for any film-making course. Historians will enjoy a first person viewpoint of blue collar city life, and how Mayor Daleys Chicago "worked", from two who actually experienced that formative mid century era.
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