50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION—WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA
Mario Puzo’s classic saga of an American crime family that became a global phenomenon—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.
With its brilliant and brutal portrayal of the Corleone family, The Godfather burned its way into our national consciousness. This unforgettable saga of crime and corruption, passion and loyalty continues to stand the test of time, as the definitive novel of the Mafia underworld.
A #1 New York Times bestseller in 1969, Mario Puzo’s epic was turned into the incomparable film of the same name, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It is the original classic that has been often imitated, but never matched. A tale of family and society, law and order, obedience and rebellion, it reveals the dark passions of human nature played out against a backdrop of the American dream.
With a Note from Anthony Puzo and an Afterword by Robert J. Thompson
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Mario Puzo’s 1969 bestseller is jam-packed with drama, violence, and scandal. Don Vito Corleone is an aging-but-powerful Mafia boss whose “respectable” political and showbiz ties mask his murderous ruthlessness. When war breaks out between the Corleones and their rivals, Vito’s estranged son, Michael, is pulled into the family business against his will. Puzo lays out this epic story with you’re-right-there details and cinematic dialogue. Practically every mob story since has been influenced by The Godfather. Even if you’ve seen Francis Ford Coppola’s film a dozen times, the book will still leave you breathless—and craving a cannoli.
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The Greatest Novel of the 20th Century
I’ve seen the movies a thousand times. They are great. The book is better. What a ride! The Don is a paradox: the tender heart of God with the ferocity of the devil. This is an American story like no other. Rags to riches; anonymity to power. A classic!
Classic that is always enjoyed.
True modern classic
One of the best books of all time. If you’ve only seen the movie, you’re missing out on literary genius.