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The Mafia in the Mind of America

George De Stefano

Faber & Faber

"Invites Italian-Americans of all backgrounds to the family table to discuss how mob-related movies and television shows have affected the very notion of what their heritage still means in the 21st century." --Allen Barra, The New York Sun

"A detailed, textured meditation. Whether De Stefano is summarizing causes of 19th-century Italian immigration, sketching the Mafia's origin in Sicily, or dissecting the appeal of Hollywood mobster characters, he catches links to evolving capitalism, discomfort with modern society, psychological urges for strong father figures, and other complex topics not usually addressed by opponents of Mafia pop culture. [De Stefano] provokes hard thought about why the Mafia, to the exclusion of almost every other dimension of Italian American life, stays lodged in 'the Mind of America.'" --Carlin Romano, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Fascinating." --James F. Sweeney, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

"Not a history of organized crime but a study of how we think about organized crime, more precisely about Italians and crime. . . Valuable and interesting." --Elliott J. Gorn, Chicago Tribune

"A thoughtful, thorough analysis." --Renee Graham, The Boston Globe

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An Offer We Can't Refuse
1Italians to Italian Americans: Escaping the "Southern Problem"O Mafiosi, Bad uncles of the barren Cliffs of Sicily--was it only you That they transported in barrels Like pure olive oil Across the Atlantic?--Sandra Mortola Gilbert1 
 
From the late nineteenth century to the mid-1920s, southern peninsular Italy and Sicily lost so many of its sons and daughters to emigration that their departure has been likened to a hemorrhage. Among the millions of impoverished, landless, often illiterate emigrants were my grandparents, the De Stefanos from Avellino,
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  • George De Stefano

  • George De Stefano is a journalist and critic who has written extensively on culture for numerous publications, including The Nation, Film Comment, and Newsday.
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An Offer We Can't Refuse

The Mafia in the Mind of America

George De Stefano

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