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Mambo Non-Italiano Episode III: Donnie Brasco

This episode of Mambo Non-Italiano focuses on the gritty true-life story of FBI Agent Joe Pistone who went undercover and infiltrated the Bonanno family in New York City. Pistone was incredibly successful, getting in so deep into the Mafia that they considered opening the books for him to be a made man, a blood member of “this thing of ours”. Pistone’s story is told in the 1997 film Donnie Brasco.

The Beginning of Mambo Non-Italiano

Welcome to my new Blog, Mambo Non-Italiano. In today’s crazy cancel culture, where cartoon characters have to be ethnically cleansed and there are casting quotas where Henry VIII could be played by an Asian woman, who self-identifies as something else, well you know where I’m going. I wanted to add my take on this hotly contested debate, in a subtler, more relaxed environment, like my Uncle’s talking about which jockey’s were on the take at the local Harness track.

A few things upfront, I am not on a mission. I have not social wrong I want to make right. I got the idea for this blog from watching the very fine movie Green Book. Viggo Mortensen was nominated for Best Actor but lost to an Englishman playing an Englishman. Mortensen played the real-life Italian Tony Lip. Mortensen was great in the role all except for one small problem; he’s not Italian. He doesn’t look Italian. He can’t make Pasta Fagioli. He acted Italian but isn’t that supposed to be something we aren’t supposed to be doing now? So, I thought I would blog about the roles of Italian characters that were played by non-Italians.

Buy It Today: The Art of Looking for Trouble

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NEW LIBERTY ISLAND NOVEL EXCERPT: “Sharp Dressed Man,” Chapter 24 of The Art of Looking for Trouble,

Pre-Order Novel, Releasing June 23, 2021

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Meet Tom Cosentino and Discover His Hilarious Debut Novel The Art of Looking for Trouble

Get to know Tom Cosentino and his new novel The Art of Looking for Trouble with this autobiographical sketch followed by the book’s first two chapters.

Press Release: Liberty Island Books Relaunching in 2021 with New Leadership, Exciting Books, and a Growing Editorial Team

An announcement about the future

June 3, 2021 – New York, New York – Liberty Island Media Group announced today that David M. Swindle, an editor for the publishing company since 2015, is taking over operations as the new owner, Editor-in-Chief, and Publisher.