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The Sopranos A few months ago John Gotti the granddaddy of all gangsters who ran the Gambino crime family passed away quietly in a hospital in Missouri Cancer isnt probably how he would have wished to die Given his reputation as a ruthless mobster Gotti would probably have desired to depart in a blaze of criminal glory getting whacked by his enemies It would have been the expected and understandable end to a tumultuous life peppered with murder and racketeering The death of the dapper don as he was referred to by the media brought about a slew of news stories devoted to the demise of the urban legend as described by CNN which in addition to listing his daunting criminal brutalities also noted his shaper-than-sharp wardrobe and his reputedly charming good looks Gottis obituaries were marked with almost a sense of wistfulness an homage to a bad man who in his own way had managed to fascinate a nation Americans after all appear to love a rogue seems to be a popular explanation Which brings us to The Sopranos the HBO show which enslaves 11 million viewers on Sunday nights Talk about loving a rogue There is an awful lot of hoopla being generated as the show kicks off its fourth season websites and message boards are being populated by Sopranos devotees conversations are livened by anticipation of what lies in store for mobster Tony Soprano and the rest of his family in the coming season and a slew of books have just been published to accompany the premiere So whats all the fuss about Glen Gabbard MD author of The Psychology of the Sopranos Love Death Desire and Betrayal in Americas Favorite Gangster Family describes Tony as a racist thug who kills people yet America has become entranced by this no-good hood and his gang of conmen In this riveting account Gabbard a professor of psychology
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