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About the Author

Tom Santopietro is the author of The Importance of Being Barbra, Considering Doris Day (A NY Times Editor's Choice) and Sinatra in Hollywood. He has worked for the past twenty years in New York theater as a manager of more than two dozen Broadway shows.

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“... a beautiful narrative of the way pop culture shapes our self-image.” ―The Hollywood Reporter

“Slickly told... it's the connections with family that give it a center as sweet as cannoli cream.” ―Newsday

“Engaging...slick...entertaining” ―Kirkus Reviews

“A fascinating, great read” ―Patti LuPone

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250005132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250005137
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Martin Moran Jr. on March 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Santopietro's book is a deeply moving magic trick. Heartfelt memoir, great scholarship, delicious Hollywood dish all at once. I finished the final chapter in tears wondering how in the world he'd manged to weave such a beautiful story. Not only does he take us on a dramatic journey through the making of the Godfather films, he also offers us his heart. His own journey to rediscover and reclaim his Italian American Identity. To honor the scrappy passionate ancestors who paved the way in this chaotic new land. This is a smart and moving story of a man finding his place in the world, his love for this immigrant country of ours. Simply a great read.

Martin Moran
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Entirely derivative of what other writers have written about "The Godfather," padded with some family background. (The author is half-Italian, half-WASP). A competent pastiche, but that's about it.
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I just read this entire book in a four hour sitting. Like watching Godfathers I and II, I just could not stop (thanks to the author I will revisit Godfather III sometime soon). This book is a fantastic, insightful homage to the films and how they were made, and on that level alone, should be read by any Godfather fan. He then takes the epic Godfather I/II journey 'tell' and interweaves it with his own family's and Italian-Americans' 4-5 generations in this country, starting at the turn of the last century. Like the films do, he captures an evolution many American families made over the past century. The story he tells is yes wonderfully Italian-American, but also least for me, universal to a century of once 'new' Americans. Brilliant.
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I just finished this book and wanted to write about it. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a look at the Godfather films , with interesting facts about each one, but it's really the story of the author's family, themselves immigrants from Italy, interspersed with how their lives correspond with the Corleones. It's touching to read about their early life and how they came to America looking for something that may not even exist anymore and it makes one lament that fact.

In between stories about his family, there are critiques and comments about all of the Godfather films. What I enjoyed was the great comments about Part III, a much maligned film. Yes, GIII has flaws, some fatal, but it is an intelligent film and there are many aspects of it that fit into the Saga. Santopietro breaks it all down and puts it in a great perspective.

Fans of the Saga will enjoy this book immensely and, as a true Godfather fan, I recommend it.
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Loved it. An engaging and insightful take on the Italian American experience. It was a great mix of interesting facts about one of the best films ever made and of Hollywood's influence on our perceptions. The best part is the author's personal connection to and renewed respect for his own heritage.
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This is a thoughtful, insightful book that is entertaining and informative. The subject matter speaks, not only to descendants of Italian heritage, but to anyone whose family immigrated to America.
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