An excellent book by an author I find both interesting on the TV, and a very good writer. Reading these sorts of books it never ceases to amaze me just how little we are actually told about what goes on, and also the hugely simplistic way that current events are told to us on the news and in what appears to be the dying documentaries. That’s a whole different ball game though.
I liked The Godfather, loved Godfather 2, and loathed 3. I’ve read a stack of other books on the mafia, but this book is so detailed about who, what, where and just where the roots of the organisation were, and are. It’s pretty hard reading though – not because of the language the author uses – though the odd big word creeps in – but because of the names. If the mafiosi were called Bob, John and Mortimer it would be okay, but having names like Leopoldo Franchetti, Pidduzzo Buscemi and Don Tano Badalamenti tends to slow down the reading. Not that this could have been avoided. Very very interesting book.
On the cover, it says “Unputdownable” – I did, but only once. Read it in two goes. A gift from Danithew, and a wonderful one at that.
It’s not heavy going, it’s written very well, and the author does a good job of conveying just what the casinos and situations must have been like. Some books can bore me easily, but there was no chance of that here.
A gift from Nicki and a book I’m slowly getting through.
I’ve learned before with books like ‘Manwatching’ (Desmond Morris) and ‘Body Language (Allan Pease) that these books are best read slowly while you then watch the people around you. Even my daughters now know how to watch for someone lying – useful at D.’s age 🙂
Given as well that the huge amount of information we use in communication is gained from body language, then the tiny bit we get from speech, is it any surprise how badly text alone is interpreted, despite smilies ?
I’m still reading this. It’s not quite what I imagined it would be. I had hoped for much more on the person, but I suppose that the whole music scene does have to come into it, interesting though that may be.
Just started this, and like with John Simpson, Martin Bell is an author with a unique perspective but I’m hoping this book wil have more of a political slant to it given his spell as an MP. (Actually, with both those books, whenever I start reading them, I read them in their voice if that makes sense). It’s like newspapers / TV / internet – read one source and you only get one viewpoint, no matter how much the source will bleat about the quality of their coverage, so reading more books on subjects that involve politics gives a much finer detail.
So, that’s my reading for now.