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Colombo: The Unsolved Murder Paperback – December 8, 2015
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"An enlightening book on someone many knew little about from an extremely devoted son and a wise author."
About the Author
Anthony Colombo was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He worked along side his father with the Italian-American Civil Rights League and was features on CBS, NBC, FOX, and ABC and numerous other TV and radio stations. After over 40 years of remaining silent, Anthony Colombo has decided to speak about his life beside his father. Don Capria was born in Westchester County, New York. He began working as a music video director while learning to draft screenplays. He has directed and produced content in both scripted and non scripted and in 2013 made his directorial debut with his short film, Eulogy.
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Author and son Anthony Colombo defends his father as one who spent his time defending civil rights of Italian individuals in the country and primarily New York City. Joseph Colombo's role in heading the Italian Civil Rights League in 1970 and 1971 at Columbus Circle was to promote the Italian Americans and debunk the stereotype of Italians being gangsters. The 1971 rally is where the assassination attempt took place on Colombo and put him in a coma for the next several years before he eventually succumbed to his injuries.
The book concludes with the various scenarios as to who was behind the assassination. The lone gunman, Joey Gallo, Carlo Gambino, and the F.B.I.--C.I.A. theories are a few of the possibilities. Anthony Colombo believes it was the latter who was responsible. I liked the book but I thought it contained significant filler such as a chapter on the movie The Godfather.
There have been several books written on the subject and the media has portrayed my Uncle in certain ways that truly have been very harsh and in ways where the truth was misconstrued and lied about.
My cousin Anthony who has lived through this his entire life is the only person who can talk about what truly happened since he lived through it with his father. Not until now with this book has my Uncle's story truly been done honestly. Honestly by the man who stood by his side throughout it all - my cousin Anthony.
For many years now, people and the media have been writing about my uncle, and have displayed him in a very negative way. They have refused to acknowledge all the things that he had done in his life that have helped many people. Always helping Family and Friends and also helping strangers on the street - people that he did not even know.
In 1970, he founded The Italian American Civil Rights League. He created this League because Italian American's were not being treated fairly and receiving equal liberties in the workforce. His dedication and his hard work with the League, along with his son Anthony changed things in this country for Italian Americans.
I hope everyone who may remember my Uncle, or those who may not remember or know him personally, reads this book. If your Italian - you would truly appreciate this book. Anyone who truly understands the words "Family" , "Honor", and "Respect" and who always puts Family first above all else, would take away quite a lot from this book. You will also see that because of my Uncle and all that he did for Italian American's, he himself was a TRUE LEADER for the cause.
The most important thing to our Family and to me personally is what I was told many years ago by both my Grandmother and my Mother. I want my Uncle Joe to be remembered for these very special 5 things:
A Loving Husband, Father, Uncle, Grandfather, & Friend.
First, this book describes the grit, courage, and will of a man who emerged as a respected leader when all odds were against him as a young boy. Everyone can learn from his examples of hard work, dedication, and passion to become a great leader. Second, this book is about family and loyalty. The personal stories and lessons about family provided by the author serve as hierlooms for us to follow. Third, the stories in this book vividly describe from a first person point of view what life was like as an Italian in the NYC / Brooklyn area during the 1950's to 1970's. I truly did not have an appreciation for the discrimination and harrassment faced by Italians during this time (and I am of Italian descent!).
This book was thrilling read and it will become more important as time passes. Although people will come and go, this book will ensure that Joe Colombo's story is timeless for generations to come. Great job!!
Not typically my "genre" based on the title, but I am soooo glad my friend recommended this book!
It's a great story of struggle, strength, family and the determination it takes to pursue the American Dream.
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And what lead up to his death.lot's of the issues about the FBI in this book are coming to pass today
Great read and very detailed also keeps you wanting more and hate putting it down I recommend it. 1