Honor Thy Father

By Gay Talese

Honor Thy Father - Gay Talese
  • Release Date: 2009-06-16
  • Genre: History
Score: 4.5
From 23 Ratings


A classic masterwork newly updated

The electrifying true story of the rise and fall of New York's notorious Bonanno crime family

On New York's Park Avenue on a rainy Tuesday night in October 1964, the famous Mafia chieftain Joseph Bonanno was kidnapped by two mobsters and reported by the police as dead on the following morning. More than a year later, Bonanno mysteriously reappeared, setting off a bloody mob feud that came to be known as the “Banana War.”

In this monumental work—packed with intimate details and brilliant reporting—bestselling author Gay Talese first brought to the American consciousness a world and a life previously known to only a few. No other book has done more to acquaint readers with the secrets, structure, wars, power plays, family lives, and fascinating, frightening personalities of the Mafia.


  • Honor thy Father

    By GiuseppeGuarneri
    Gay did a wonderful in describing the Bonanno "family". The book was fact filled, informative, and very personal from Bill Bonanno's perspective. A must read!
  • Honor thy Father

    By Padman180
    Brilliant. Couldn't put it down.
  • Bananas

    By Santa42
    Don't expect the godfather...a bit slow in the beginning but it really picks up...aside from the history of the bonnano family, it gives great insight to mafia and how they make money...I recommend