Made Men

Mafia Culture and the Power of Symbols, Rituals, and Myth


Author: Antonio Nicaso,Marcel Danesi

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1442222271

Category: Social Science

Page: 182

View: 3530

The novel The Godfather (1969) and the movie of the same name (1972) entrenched the myth of the Mafiosi as valiant knights, men of honor, and defenders of the traditional concept of family. As a result of this movie and other popular portrayals, the image of mobsters as “men of honor and tradition” has become iconic throughout America. Yet the truth of the matter belies this more noble image. The Mafia is a ruthless organization. Their concept of family is a twisted one. But viewed through the lens of popular culture, it is often difficult to separate the fiction from the reality. Made Men demystifies this image by dismantling the code of honor that Mafiosi live by, including its attendant symbols, rituals, and the lifestyle that it demands. Since the end of World War II, the Mafia in Italy and America has undergone major changes, which are charted by the authors through the present day. Nicaso and Danesi also consider all kinds of related organizations, not only the Italian ones, including the Yakuza, the Triads, and the Russian Mafia. The authors look at organized criminal culture in general, attempting to explain why its symbols, rituals, and practices continue to draw people in, both as literal members, or as consumers of the pop culture that glorifies them. This story traces and decodes the origins, history and success of the mafia in the U.S., bringing a better, and more accurate understanding of this ultimately brutal, violent, and corrupting “family business.” It is a story that has rarely been told in this way, but which is believed, nonetheless, important to tell.

Self-Made Man

One Woman's Year Disguised as a Man


Author: Norah Vincent

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101201347

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

View: 5167

A journalist’s provocative and spellbinding account of her eighteen months spent disguised as a man. Norah Vincent became an instant media sensation with the publication of Self-Made Man, her take on just how hard it is to be a man, even in a man’s world. Following in the tradition of John Howard Griffin (Black Like Me), Vincent spent a year and a half disguised as her male alter ego, Ned, exploring what men are like when women aren’t around. As Ned, she joined a bowling team, took a high-octane sales job, went on dates with women (and men), visited strip clubs, and even managed to infiltrate a monastery and a men’s therapy group. At once thought-provoking and pure fun to read, Self-Made Man is a sympathetic and thrilling tour de force of immersion journalism. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Self-made Men

Identity and Embodiment Among Transsexual Men


Author: Henry Rubin

Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press

ISBN: 9780826514356

Category: Psychology

Page: 217

View: 4444

In Self-Made Men, Henry Rubin explores the production of male identities in the lives of twenty-two FTM transsexuals--people who have changed their sex from female to male. The author relates the compelling personal narratives of his subjects to the historical emergence of FTM as an identity category. In the interviews that form the heart of the book, the FTMs speak about their struggles to define themselves and their diverse experiences, from the pressures of gender conformity in adolescence to being mistaken for "butch lesbians," from hormone treatments and surgeries to relationships with families, partners, and acquaintances. Their stories of feeling betrayed by their bodies and of undergoing a "second puberty" are vivid and thought-provoking. Throughout the interviews, the subjects' claims to having "core male identities" are remarkably consistent and thus challenge anti-essentialist assumptions in current theories of gender, embodiment, and identity. Rubin uses two key methods to analyze and interpret his findings. Adapting Foucault's notions of genealogy, he highlights the social construction of gender categories and identities. His account of the history of endocrinology and medical technologies for transforming bodies demonstrates that the "family resemblance" between transsexuals and intersexuals was a necessary postulate for medical intervention into the lives of the emerging FTMs. The book also explores the historical emergence of the category of FTM transsexual as distinguished from the category of lesbian woman and the resultant "border disputes" over identity between the two groups. Rubin complements this approach with phenomenological concepts that stress the importance of lived experience and the individual's capacity for knowledge and action. An important contribution to several fields, including sociology of the body, gender and masculinity, human development, and the history of science, Self-Made Me will be of interest to anyone who has seriously pondered what it means to be a man and how men become men.

Made Men

The True Rise-and-fall Story of a New Jersey Mob Family


Author: Greg B. Smith

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780425185513

Category: True Crime

Page: 324

View: 8218

An inside look at real-life organized crime journeys behind the scenes of the DeCavalcantes, the most powerful Mob family in New Jersey, whose high-profile career in robbery, gambling, extortion, kidnapping, and murder was ended by the FBI. Original.

Self-made men


Author: Charles C. B. Seymour

Publisher: N.A


Category: Biography

Page: 588

View: 6136



Author: Sarah Brianne

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692718186


Page: 226

View: 9002

Chloe's scarred face makes her the school's freak. Her reflection is a constant reminder of how she got them. The man who scarred her haunts not only her dreams, but also her reality. Some nightmares don't go away in the daylight. Two men stand up to save her from the nightmares. Both are men of the mafia, waiting behind a door she doesn't want to open. Amo the soldier and Lucca the underboss. The Beast and the Boogieman. Who will she choose? *WARNING* THIS BOOK ENDS ON A CLIFFHANGER. This work of fiction is intended for mature audiences only. All sexually active characters portrayed in this ebook are eighteen years of age or older. Please do not buy if sexual situations, violence, drugs, child abuse, and explicit language offends you. *NOTE TO READERS* AGAIN THIS BOOK ENDS ON A CLIFFHANGER. This book is a stand alone story. However, to receive the full experience these books are recommended before "Chloe" in the following order: Nero (Made Men, #1) Vincent (Made Men, #2)

Fraternal Capital

Peasant-workers, Self-made Men, and Globalization in Provincial India


Author: Sharad Chari

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804748735

Category: History

Page: 379

View: 9931

A richly textured ethnography about knitwear manufacturers in South India that explains how peasant-workers have refined notions of place, gender, and class to create a local industrial form that succeeds in the global economy.

How God Makes Men

Ten Epic Stories. Ten Proven Principles. One Huge Promise for Your Life.


Author: Patrick Morley

Publisher: Multnomah

ISBN: 1601424639

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 4912

“All through the Bible, we see stories of bold and brash men who followedGod’s call into some incredible adventures. In How God Makes Men,Patrick Morley reminds us that God still makes those kinds of guys.” —Dave Ramsey, New York Times best-selling authorand nationally syndicated radio show host God’s Way for You to Become God’s Man Let’s face it—men today are under severe attack. The battle line against biblical manhood is clearly drawn and fiercely contested. More than ever, men who want to follow Christ are asking: • Why is it so hard to live an authentic Christian life? • Who will show me how to thrive as a father, a husband, and on the job? • What should I do when I’m being tested to the breaking point? Fortunately, the Bible preserves crucial details about the powerful lessons learned by men who have already faced and answered these questions. In How God Makes Men, renowned expert on men’s issues Patrick Morley takes you into Scripture for a first-hand encounter with: • Ten epic stories of the Bible’s most talked-about men • Ten proven principles—based on their failures and successes—that show how God works in a man’s life, and how you can cooperate with Him in yours • The huge promise that you can become the man God created you to be Don’t settle for less. Join Patrick on this epic adventure of becoming God’s man. You’ll discover how to prevail in tough times and release God’s power in every area of your life.

The Wise Men

Six Friends and the World They Made


Author: Walter Isaacson,Evan Thomas

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684837714

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 864

View: 1347

A captivating blend of personal biography and public drama, The Wise Men introduces the original best and brightest, leaders whose outsized personalities and actions brought order to postwar chaos: Averell Harriman, the freewheeling diplomat and Roosevelt's special envoy to Churchill and Stalin; Dean Acheson, the secretary of state who was more responsible for the Truman Doctrine than Truman and for the Marshall Plan than General Marshall; George Kennan, self-cast outsider and intellectual darling of the Washington elite; Robert Lovett, assistant secretary of war, undersecretary of state, and secretary of defense throughout the formative years of the Cold War; John McCloy, one of the nation's most influential private citizens; and Charles Bohlen, adroit diplomat and ambassador to the Soviet Union.

Man Made Man

A Personal Story of how Coaches, Leaders, Mentors and Father Figures Make Young Black Males Into Young Black Men


Author: Tommy Shavers

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780989941761


Page: N.A

View: 316

Books made men

early modern drama and the fictions of intellectual property


Author: James Joseph Marino,Stanford University. Dept. of English

Publisher: N.A



Page: 762

View: 2273

Wrestling's Made Men

Breaking the WWE's Glass Ceiling


Author: Scott Keith

Publisher: Citadel Press

ISBN: 9780806527710

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 188

View: 6301

In the do-whatever-it-takes world of the WWE, there has always been a system that guarantees happy audiences and successful careers-there's the good guys, and there's the bad guys. Over time, wrestlers may fade away, but this theme remains the same, with grudges, long-standing feuds, and an ever-changing roster of colorful characters driving the action. Until now.

The Tulip


Author: Anna Pavord

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408859033

Category: Gardening

Page: 304

View: 7028

THE TULIP is not a gardening book. It is the story of a flower that has made men mad. Greed, desire, anguish and devotion have all played their part in the development of the tulip into the world-wide phenomenon it is today. No other flower has ever carried so much cultural baggage; it charts political upheavals, illuminates social behaviour, mirrors economic booms and busts, plots the ebb and flow of religious persecution. Pavord tells how the tulip arrived from Turkey and took the whole of Western Europe by storm. Sumptuously illustrated from a wide range of sources, this beautifully produced and irresistible volume will become a bible, a unique source book, a universal gift book and a joy to all who possess it.

Made Men


Author: Joseph Stone Poke

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1524685097

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 5180

Welcome to the streets of Macon Georgia, the worlds seventh most dangerous city in the world. This is a novel about the pure streets of Macon Georgia, the home of Otis Redding, Little Richard, and many more great artists and musicians. For those of you who havent been to the Mac Town and are afraid to come, trust me, I do understand completely. Here is where it really goes downmoney, murder, and mayhem. The streets of Macon are for real, but you dont have to take my word for it. Come take a ride with me through the streets of the Mac Town. Tony Blacka suave, intellectual, rich businessman caught up in a web of deceit and corruption. Tony is trying to balance his life between a betrayal from his good friend, his new girlfriend, and running his chain of luxury hotels, but tragedy has taken Tony to a whole other level to a place he swore never to return. Shantella beautiful, successful woman who found her way into the life of a man she was in love with, although he never knew. Through a horrific tragedy, they were brought together, and she found herself into a world unknown to herfull of power, luxury, and loyalty, although it has its dark sides. But is it for the good? Will she be able to withstand the powers placed in her hands? Or will she prove not to meet any of Tony Blacks expectations? Never bite the hand that feeds you. Because you will regret it.

Rocket Men

The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon


Author: Robert Kurson

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0812988728

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 6986

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The riveting inside story of three heroic astronauts who took on the challenge of mankind’s historic first mission to the Moon, from the bestselling author of Shadow Divers. “Robert Kurson tells the tale of Apollo 8 with novelistic detail and immediacy.”—Andy Weir, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Martian and Artemis By August 1968, the American space program was in danger of failing in its two most important objectives: to land a man on the Moon by President Kennedy’s end-of-decade deadline, and to triumph over the Soviets in space. With its back against the wall, NASA made an almost unimaginable leap: It would scrap its usual methodical approach and risk everything on a sudden launch, sending the first men in history to the Moon—in just four months. And it would all happen at Christmas. In a year of historic violence and discord—the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago—the Apollo 8 mission would be the boldest, riskiest test of America’s greatness under pressure. In this gripping insider account, Robert Kurson puts the focus on the three astronauts and their families: the commander, Frank Borman, a conflicted man on his final mission; idealistic Jim Lovell, who’d dreamed since boyhood of riding a rocket to the Moon; and Bill Anders, a young nuclear engineer and hotshot fighter pilot making his first space flight. Drawn from hundreds of hours of one-on-one interviews with the astronauts, their loved ones, NASA personnel, and myriad experts, and filled with vivid and unforgettable detail, Rocket Men is the definitive account of one of America’s finest hours. In this real-life thriller, Kurson reveals the epic dangers involved, and the singular bravery it took, for mankind to leave Earth for the first time—and arrive at a new world. Praise for Rocket Men “In 1968 we sent men to the Moon. They didn’t leave boot prints, but it was the first time humans ever left Earth for another destination. That mission was Apollo 8. And Rocket Men, under Robert Kurson’s compelling narrative, is that under-told story.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson “Rocket Men is a riveting introduction to the [Apollo 8] flight. . . . Kurson details the mission in crisp, suspenseful scenes. . . . [A] gripping book.”—The New York Times Book Review



Author: Sarah Brianne

Publisher: Younginkpress

ISBN: 9781946067074


Page: 236

View: 7374

Angel is the son of the devil, bleeding Luciano blood. Adalyn is fascinated by bad boys, bleeding Caruso blood. Seized by his enemies, he's only a moment away from death. Toying with the enemy, she's about to get caught in her own trap. One kiss could betray his family and seal his fate. That kiss could cost her life. I'm just a f**king pawn. I just want to be a f**king mob wife.

The Woman Who Made Men Cry


Author: William Coles

Publisher: Thames River Press

ISBN: 085728245X

Category: Fiction

Page: 218

View: 3358

Kim, a journalist in New York City, has found the girl of his dreams – and has agreed that she can continue to sleep with another man. A bittersweet story of passion, jealousy, and how far you can go for the woman you love.

Race Horse Men


Author: Katherine C. Mooney

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674419561

Category: History

Page: 331

View: 9098

Katherine C. Mooney recaptures the sights, sensations, and illusions of America's first mass spectator sport. Her central characters are not the elite white owners of slaves and thoroughbreds but the black jockeys, grooms, and horse trainers who called themselves race horse men and made the racetrack run--until Jim Crow drove them from their jobs.



Author: Sarah Brianne

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692430453


Page: 414

View: 1285

Vincent knows the glamorous side of the Mafia, being born a soldier. Lake lives on the opposite side of the tracks, born the daughter of a soldier. The light and dark side of him are at constant war, but he is letting his darkness reign. She is trying to find peace, and she will soon be far enough away to find it. Discovering that his boss owns her, showed him how little he knew her. Knowing all about him only makes her want to hate him. I'm a fu**ing made man. I'm just fu**ing trailer trash.