Remember this great line from The Godfather Part Two: “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer”? It’s just one engaging example of the wisdom of both real-life and cinematic mobsters captured in this entertaining collection. The words come from gangster luminaries ranging from Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel to the Corleones, and from films including Pulp Fiction. Packed with wiseguy insights into business, management, and life—plus plenty of photos of the highlighted figures—this is one of the most handsomely designed, exciting compendiums compiled in years.
Carlo DeVito is a notable publisher, editor, winemaker, and author of over a dozen books, including Mrs. Lee's Rose Garden and Inventing Scrooge. His books have been reviewed in The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, and other national newspapers. As an editor and publisher, Carlo has acquired, edited, and published such authors as Stephen Hawking, Malachy McCourt, John Edgar Wideman, Stanley Crouch, Dee Brown, Dan Rather, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Eleanor Clift, Susie Bright, Jane Goodall, Philip Caputo, Julia Alvarez, Budd Schulberg, Haynes Johnson, Dr. Howard Shapiro, Bo Dietl, Thomas Hoving, Peter Kaminisky, and Penelope Hobhouse. Carlo and his wife own the highly acclaimed Hudson-Chatha Winery in Ghent, NY.