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My Father, My Don [Kindle Edition]

Charles Messina , Tony Napoli
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Book Description

Tony “Tony Nap” Napoli is the son of one of the most powerful and respected organized crime leaders of the modern era. Tony’s father was Genovese Family Capo, James “Jimmy Nap” Napoli—a mob kingpin who ruled over the largest gambling empire in America for almost 40 years.

Tony’s autobiography is a bold recounting of the confidential world that he and his father inhabited. In candid, no-holds-barred language, Tony describe his life as boxer, army soldier, enforcer, casino boss, fugitive, hustler, and offspring to one of the most powerful mobsters of the century.

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<DIV>Tony Napoli was a boxer, an army soldier, an enforcer, a casino boss, a fugitive, and a hustler. He works with veterans, assisting in the sobriety movement.</DIV>

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  • File Size: 915 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Beckham Publications Group, Inc.; 1 edition (September 15, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,344 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the way it was March 25, 2009
For someone who grew up in that neighborhood at that time,and knew both men that is the way it was
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5.0 out of 5 stars OLD SCHOOL September 30, 2009
This book brought back many memories. This is when men were men and stood up for their families. I was taught as a little girl, "Death before Dishonor". This is what that saying is all about. I have read this book over and over I cannot get enough. Hoping Tony writes another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read and great message! November 13, 2008
This is a very informative and entertaining read. Mr. Napoli provides candid personal insights into the life of a mobster and an alcohol abuser. The fact that he survived it all is truly amazing.

A must read for any organized crime buff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read. March 29, 2009
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Excellent book. Would have liked more personal family included in the story. In other words, a little more "My Father" in My Father, My Don, would make it even more real.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take An Exciting Look At 'My Father, My Don' January 25, 2009
It was my privilege to read the exciting story of Tony Napoli called My Father, My Don. This book offers all the mystique and intrigue of the Godfather, with the significant difference that Tony Napoli's story is true.

This book tells the story of a man who took life by the throat and shook the life out of it. All along the way, he was learning of the misdirection of his life, while he comes to see the need of change in his life. It is a sharp edged and in- your-face story that will keep you reading to the end.

As a result of my reading of this intense story, I was able to conduct an interview with Tony Napoli which found very personal and probing questions illicit the most interesting responses.

You can read the interview at: [...]

Read this interview and I am sure you'll want to get a copy of My Father, My Don. You will also find an excerpt of this great book and a book review. I think all this material will indeed show you a great book that is worth investing your time in.

Steven Clark Bradley
Author of Nimrod Rising, Stillborn, Probable Cause & Patriot Acts
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fuggedaboudit! December 11, 2008
One of the best books that touches on the life that I have read. Yes, it deals with a father and son and their individual trevails down one of the only roads open to Italians in the early 20th century (without being relegated to blue-color, second-class citizens), but it also delves into richer meat. Battles with alcoholism, an undying love, boxing, family, all wrapped around a love-hate relationship whose overarching and supreme theme can only be a son's admiration and utmost respect for his father and the desire for that father to express pride and accompanying respect with his son. These are the morsels of life, the things that give our own stories their unique flavors... and this is why this book resounds so well with its reader. My favorite chapter is entitled 'Laura' and chronicles the whirlwind courtship of TN and his soulmate. The best part, to me at least, comes at the end of the chapter... but I'll leave that for you to discover. The story has humor, directness, and resonates with a voice that is quickly dying on the streets of New York. A must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finished this book in one sitting. November 23, 2008
My father My Don: Mr Napoli has written a fine narrative that rings true to the time, the neighborhood and the bound between father and son. A bound that is tested again and again and survives with love and respect. The voice of the son is so real that the reader is drawn into the almost godlike hero worship of the father and is able to see the Mob activities as the way business was done. The book was thought provoking and left this reader asking the question, What if? What if Tony had defied his father and stayed in the service, if he had succeeded as a fighter, would his story have been different? Would the degenerate drinking not have taken hold of the successful Tony Napoli or was the shadow of this father just to large for any son to measure up?
I applaud the author for winning in the biggest battle he faced and turning his life into a life of giving back to others. Read this book if you have any interest in the NY mob, fathers and sons, or just want an afternoon read that transports you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty but Honest January 13, 2009
Tony Napoli has written a very readable, brutally honest, often gritty story of his life. At various points in his life, "Tony Nap" was a boxer and cassino owner. His involvement in organized crime was influenced by his father, James, "Jimmy Nap," mob kingpin and Genovese Family capo, and as a result, Tony also added to his list of jobs that of hustler and enforcer. Despite his father's career in crime, Tony and his father shared a deep love and respect for each other. The ups and downs of their relationship are reoccurring themes throughout a large part of the book. Another theme is that of Tony's redemption in the face of the many odds against him. At the end of the book, you may not like Tony because of his past, but you will have respect for him by understanding how easily he could have given up and given his life over to the dark side.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My Father My Don is one of the most amazing books I have ever read
My Father My Don is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. It is full of love laughter and of story of truth, passion and outstanding service to others. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Lisa C. Christiansen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Book, Loved it
Published 1 month ago by John J. Murgo
5.0 out of 5 stars A excellent Book.
Great book, Tony tells his story in a honest straight forward way with no BS.
Published 2 months ago by Dennis Vespi
5.0 out of 5 stars ... am personal friends with the author and its a great read and so...
I am personal friends with the author and its a great read and so VERY TRUE!
Published 3 months ago by lisa
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Enjoyed because of the familiar contact.
Published 4 months ago by Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely a must read. Phenomenal.
This is hands down one of the best books I have ever read. Mr. Napoli's story will have you crying and laughing at times. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Deborah Dinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
This is definitely a page turner. No boring dull moments. When I start a book, it needs to be a page turner. If its dull, I lose it. This I read cover to cover.
Published 11 months ago by david calderazzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read - A must
A great story about being the son of a Godfather. A must read and I highly recommend it.

Ronald Fino
Published 14 months ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Great !
A great read and the book was in superb condition and arrived so quickly. I suggest this read to anyone who is
curious about inside the life of a former crime member.
Published 22 months ago by Janet M Laszlo-Santa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
Had a lot of doubts about this book before I bought it. This I only got because other then the valachi papers I can't find any other books about the Genovese family. Read more
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