Author(s): Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo's classic saga of an American crime family that became a global phenomenon--nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read.
With its brilliant and brutal portrayal of the Corleone family, The Godfather burned its way into our national consciousness. This unforgettable saga of crime and corruption, passion and loyalty continues to stand the test of time, as the definitive novel of the Mafia underworld.
A #1 New York Times bestseller in 1969, Mario Puzo's epic was turned into the incomparable film of the same name, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It is the original classic that has been often imitated, but never matched. A tale of family and society, law and order, obedience and rebellion, it reveals the dark passions of human nature played out against a backdrop of the American dream.
The classic mafia tale - reissued to celebrate the 40th anniversary of first publication
"The narrative bowls along... to keep readers turning pages all the way to an explosive showdown." Daily Mail "Here is all the classic material of Mafia mythology... spins a spell all its own" The Times "The Godfather, one of the most entertaining and absorbing popular novels of the postwar period... Puzo's masterpiece" -- Robert McCrum Observer "A splendid and distinguished blood saga of the Cosa Nostra, the American Mafia, and of the whirl created by five families of mafiosi at war in New York" Sunday Times "Puzo's genius was to create a world so thick with personality and acknowledged rules of behaviour, along with its crime and violence, that reading his books becomes a seriously guilty pleasure" New York Post
Mario Puzo was born in New York. He is the author of the bestselling novel The Godfather and many other acclaimed novels. Puzo also wrote many screenplays, including those for the three Godfather movies, for which he won two academy awards. He died at his home in Long Island, New York, at the age of seventy-eight.