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The Truth about Gangsters: Gay Talese and Ben


This chapter analyzes Gay Talese’s nonfiction exposé Honor Thy Father (1971) and his memoir Unto the Sons (1992) to demonstrate the great attraction the gangster had to the typical Italian-American man as a model for manhood during the 1960s and 1970s. It also examines other realized versions of the gangster figure presented by Ben Morreale’s novels from the same period, A Few Virtuous Men (1973) and Monday, Tuesday … never come Sunday (1977).