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The Sopranos: A Family History Hardcover – November 1, 2000


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"... the best television drama ever made... richly textured comic realism of complexity and truthfulness that had never before been seen on television..." (New York Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Allen Rucker co-founded the alternative Video group TVTV and has written numerous network special and documentaries including Penn & Tellers Sln City Spectacular", "Big Guns Talk", a history of the Western, and most recently, TNT's "Family Values: The Mob and the Movies." He is the recipient of the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, the Writers Guild Annual Award, and two CableACE Awards, among others. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Hardcover; First Edition edition (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451202457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451202451
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.7 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allen Rucker is the author or co-author of eleven books, all of them available on amazon. A T-10 paralytic, he wrote a memoir about life about paralysis called "The Best Seat In The House" and is a contributing editor at New Mobility magazine. He lives in LA, has a wife and two grown sons, a dog named Darla, and a grand-dog named Buster

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Coral T. on March 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a huge fan of the Sopranos, I knew I HAD to have this book! And what a great book this is. This book is full of so many photos (mostly color but there are some black and white photos of Tony's early childhood), quotes from season one and season two, inside information, a mob talk dictionary, and much, much more! Read the letter that Peter Galani, AJ's school psychologist, wrote regarding AJ and his ADD. Read Meadow's online conversations and see a copy of her Discovery credit card bill. Read a rather interesting list of refuse items found in Tony and Carmela's trash collected by the feds. Read the letter that Joan wrote to help get Meadow admitted to Georgetown University. Read interviews, character profiles, in depth descriptions of the episodes of both season one and season two, FBI notes and official documents, and documents on Livia from Green Grove. This book is full of so much information and wonderful photographs--if you are a Sopranos fan, you MUST have this book! After reading it, you'll be saying to yourself Madonn'!!
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I was expecting to see some cheesy rehash of everything we already knew about the Sopranos -- but man, was I wrong! I was simply blown away by this companion book. The chapters not only introduce each character for newbies who aren't familiar with the series, but provides tons of little tidbits about everyone's history that almost reads like a novel! There are great items like newspaper clips, FBI intercepted e-mails, profiles, and clever design elements that give the whole story behind the story. there's even some complaint sheets from Livia's stay at the old folks home that are hilarious. The pictures are awesome -- the book overall is very beautiful and worth every cent. Even better, there are interviews with the cast and a longer one with series creator David Chase. This truly is a collector's item, and should be on the top of any Sopranos fan Christmas list!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By James P. Finnegan on March 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a huge (pronounced "yooge") fan of "The Sopranos," I approached this book with some trepidation (pronounced "trepidation"). I've seen every episode at least three times and I've been known to start reciting lines from the show at business meetings and in Church. I worried that the book would be written by some doozybotts who didn't know nothing about the show. I was very surprised to find that, not only does Mr. Rucker know everything there is to know about "The Sopranos," he knows even more about the Sopranos. In other words -- if I've lost you -- he tells us stuff about the family that we haven't learned from the show. The book reads like a Mario Puzo novel in places and not at all like some trashy TV companion book. (I once read "Where the The Real Car 54 Is," allegedly written by Gunther Tooty, and it wasn't worth the paper it was written on.) My only complaint is that the introduction, by crime reporter extraordinaire Jeffrey Wernick, was not longer. That man has some insight! Buy the book today!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on June 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This rather odd book would be a great gift for any Sopranos-phile. Instead of just being a glorified fanzine, it is put together in a style that makes it both compelling and enlightening for even the most ardent fan. The book is written as if the author has put together a real life FBI dossier on New Jersey's leading crime family. Included are artifacts and ancedotes that supposedly provide insight to the agents who are trying to bring down Tony and the boys. It is a clever and amusing way to provide fans of the series with detailed background and insight into the show's myriad of characters. But not to fear, it also provides an episode by episode recap of every show from the first two seasons (hence its one drawback, it covers ONLY the first two seasons). Oddities abound, such as a nursing home report on Livia and a discarded credit card bill showing a month's worth of Meadow's purchases. In fact, were it the real thing, the author's obsession with both of Tony's "families" would be downright creepy. This is the kind of stuff you would expect a stalker to have in his possession. Overall, a worthwhile book for fans, but not the sort of thing you would give to someone who hasn't already been initiated.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Judy L. Flanigan on November 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
All the info about the first seasons of the most exciting, complex, and addictive drama on TV today - the episode summaries, the characters (all of them), and most unique - backstory on the characters. Lavishly illustrated (with lots of never-before-seen photos), interviews, quotes, FBI stuff. Even readers who know ALL about the show will be impressed. And new fans who want to catch up with the experts will get a chance. It hasn't been publicized a lot, but this attractive volume is a keeper!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By BERYL MANN on February 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is most informative book of any tv series.The auther goes to great length to tell us about all the major characters and events over last 2 years.Everybody is here including articles about some of the older family members we hear about in the series also Mr Rucker goes to into great detail to tell us how the family earns and what the wiseguys earn and how the wiseguys earn and this is what makes the book so unique.,but what impressed me most is that the book is written as if the sopranos were a real crime family. I think that every angle of every character has been covered the book just does not leave anything out and with interveiws
with all the stars, this book is a must for all of you who like me have been sucked in to the lives of the sopranos.Excelent,Supberb and brilliant.
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