Bound By Honor
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date: May 1999
Duration: 4 hours 26 minutes
Bill Bonanno was born into a world of respect, tradition, and honor. The son of legendary mafioso Joe Bonanno, Bill was a "made" member of the mafia by the time he was in his early twenties. He was rumored to be the model for The Godfather's Michael Corleone, and was the subject of Gay Talese's bestselling Honor Thy Father.
Now retired, Bill is finally ready to bear witness to his life as a high-ranking captain in the Bonanno crime family, one of America's most powerful mafia syndicates. He takes you inside the mob at its peak, when New York's Five Families -- the Bonanno, Gambino, Colombo, Lucchese, and Genovese -- not only dominated local businesses, but also controlled national politics.
From the truth about the mysterious disappearance of his father, to a startling disclosure about the mob's participation in the Kennedy assassination, Bill Bonanno lays bare the inner workings to his chaotic, violent, and surprisingly human world with unparalleled detail and insight.
Bound By Honor not only recounts Bill Bonanno's tumultuous life, but also is an engrossing chronicle of organized crime. His story provides a remarkable glimpse into all of the intriguing personalities of the underworld of yesterday and today, from Bugsy Siegal to John Gotti.
A fascinating audiobook, Bound By Honor is a must-listen for fans of Mario Puzo, Gay Talese, Nicholas Pileggi and others who have recorded the mafia -- but have never been at the eye of the storm in quite the same way as Bill Bonanno.