What do you get when a deconstructionist joins the mafia ?

An offer you can't understand.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Some reading

Sorry for not posting in a while, I work as a landscaper, and the season is in full swing, and it's not been easy to want to post, especially given how brutally hot it has been getting. Anyway. Vol. Two is in progress... I have sold over 500 copies of Vol One since February, mostly through the Bookshelf in Guelph, and my own sales.

I have just read Mario Duliani's The City Without Women, his account of being interred during the Second World War in Petawawa Ont. He makes a few references to the gangsters in the camp, of whom Rocco Perri was the most powerful,but by and large he concerns himself with other issues.
There is some controversy over Duliani's book, and over his real or imagined fascist sympathies (not present in the book), but by and large, it is the work of a gifted writer, with a genuine eye for the human condition. I highly recommend it. And it has just been re-released by Mosaic Press. (It was written during the forty months of his internment from 1940 on, and published after the War.)
Volume Two of Legends, will delve into the reasons and the lives of the Morgeti who were interred. Most notable of those was Tony Silvestro, who, after the death/disappearance of Rocco Perri in 1944 emerged as one of the three dons of Ontario.
A number of other Morgeti were also interred, as well as some other non-mob Guelphites.
Duliani's book is a very human look at life in a camp of nothing but men.
The other book I just read was The Last Testament of Lucky Luciano, a book that the father of modern organized crime in North America created through a series of interviews. Quite revealing in the breadth and depth of the details, Luciano's rise, along with his partnership with Meyer Lansky, the master money-launderer, coincides with the events of Vol Two of Legends, and help explain the reasons for the rise of Jewish-Sicilian organized crime, and the conflict with heroin dealer Vito Genovese, an early member of the 'outfit" whom Luciano clearly despised.
Since Silvestro became one of the largest heroin dealers in Canada through his alliance with Buffalo's 'outfit' boss Stefano Maggadino, The Last Testament is particularly valuable in providing some of that background.

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