Tony Soprano's America by David R. Simon
The Criminal Side Of The American Dream

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Hit Man. Family Man. Drug Dealer. Devoted Dad. Meet Tony Soprano - the chilling mob boss and central character of the popular HBO series The Sopranos. To millions of viewers, Tony is the "good guy," the solid provider who commits nearly every crime conceivable while maintaining a loyal fan following. Tony has defined for us an entirely new, if skewed, moral code.Tony Soprano's America looks at the relationship between the American Dream and the manner in which we pursue it. Like Tony, can we do the effectively expedient thing without sacrificing honor? Must we be held accountable for our behavior? In this fascinating look at the social and family dynamics of Tony's life and at the societal problems that surround it, criminologist David Simon takes the reader through crime in America: from the streets to the boardroom, from the local hood to far-reaching international syndicates. Updated with a new preface.THIS BOOK WAS NOT PREPARED, LICENSED, APPROVED, OR ENDORSED BY ANY ENTITY INVOLVED IN CREATING OR PRODUCING The Sopranos TELEVISION SERIES

About David R. Simon

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David Simon is research associate at the University of California, Berkeley, and adjunct professor at the University of North Florida.
Published March 3, 2004 by Basic Books. 288 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Crime. Non-fiction

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If the Sopranos, which returns this week for its fourth series, is arguably the most accomplished drama in television history, there is no doubt at all that it's the most analysed.

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Tony Soprano's America by David Simon 274pp, Westview Press, £17.99 What are you going to do, David Chase?

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Tony Soprano lives the epitome of a double life: one minute he's grilling hamburgers with his family, the next he's holding a gun to somebody's head in a dark alley.

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