Politics and Pasta by David Fisher
How I Prosecuted Mobsters, Rebuilt a Dying City, Dined with Sinatra, Spent Five Years in a Federally Funded Gated Community, and Lived to Tell the Tale

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An election is a war and "to the victor belongs the spoils." As I learned so well, that's the real democratic process. After all, you'll never see a victorious politician tell his supporters, "I want to thank all of you who worked so hard for my election. However, in the interest of good government, I've decided to give all the jobs to those people who voted against me."


My name is Buddy Cianci. I spent almost three decades as mayor of Providence...before leaving for an enforced vacation in a federally funded gated community.


When I first took office, Providence was a dying industrial city, and I helped turn it into one of the most desirable places to live in America. I did it by playing the game of hardball politics as well as it has ever been played. My favorite Frank Sinatra lyric is "I did it my way," because that's the only way a mayor can run a city. As I used to tell my staff, "When you spend your weekends kissing elderly women with mustaches, you can make the decisions."


If you want to know the truth about how politics is played, you picked the right book. This is the behind-the-locked-door story of how politics in America really works. It's take me a lifetime of successes and failures to write it. It's all in these pages. I have been called many things in my career: I've been "America's Most Innovative Mayor," a "colorful character," and a convicted felon. But no one has ever called me shy.



 

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VINCENT ”BUDDY” CIANCI, JR. is a former prosecutor and Mayor of Providence. As mayor he was credited with turning the city around and making it a destination. He’s now one of the top radio talk show hosts in New England on 630 WPRO AM and 99.7 FM, chief political analyst for WLNE-ABC Channel 6, and host of the weekly TV talk show News on the Record.
 
Published March 15, 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books. 376 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A cheeky tell-all from a man with a lot to tell: Providence's notorious felon mayor, credited with cleaning up the city in the dirtiest possible way.

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"Politics and Pasta: How I Prosecuted Mobsters, Rebuilt a Dying City, Dined With Sinatra, Spent Five Years in a Federally Funded Gated Community, and Lived to Tell the Tale" (St. Martin's Press), by Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr., with David Fisher: In the fall of 1974, a few days after he was electe...

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Whether you like his politics or not, and whether you believe he’s corrupt or not, there’s no denying that Buddy Cianci was the driving force for Providence’s phenomenal resurrection.

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The subject of a New York Times bestseller, an Emmy Award-winning documentary, and creator of Mayor's Own Marinara sauce, Buddy is seen by many as a brilliantly successful politician and by others as a rogue.

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Just look at the title of his autobiography, which will be the film’s source material: Politics and Pasta: How I Prosecuted Mobsters, Rebuilt a Dying City, Advised a President, Dined With Sinatra, Spent Five Years in a Federally Funded Gated Community and Lived to Tell the Tale.

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