The Godfather by Mark Winegardner
The Lost Years

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...none of it seems especially interesting. I hope Winegardner doesn't mind my saying that. Because this is not personal, Marky, it's strictly business. And this book deserves to be wrapped around a couple of fishes, wrapped in an old newspaper and sent to Puzo's widow.
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The Godfather: The Lost Years takes place in the years 1955-65, but it is built upon the story of that 'year of delicate political manoeuvring' - and how, in winning the battle of that year, Michael Corleone set the stage to lose the war: the war to make the Family legitimate, the war to keep the Corleones supremely in power, the war to stay true to his father's wishes, the war to give not just his Family but his family a safe and happy life. The Godfather: The Lost Years is not just a sequel. A magnificent novel in its own right, by an acclaimed young American novelist, it traces: the nexus of ambitious, audacious decisions that Michael Corleone implements, their ultimate failure, and, after the Family's literal and figurative years in the wilderness (of Las Vegas), Michael's literal, physical return to New York, and his attempts to regain control there.
 

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Mark Winegardner is the author of two acclaimed novels: The Veracruz Blues and Crooked River Burning.
 
Published January 1, 2004 by William Heinemann Ltd. 400 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Romance. Fiction
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Reviewed by Philip Kerr on Nov 19 2004

...none of it seems especially interesting. I hope Winegardner doesn't mind my saying that. Because this is not personal, Marky, it's strictly business. And this book deserves to be wrapped around a couple of fishes, wrapped in an old newspaper and sent to Puzo's widow.

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