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Title Book Talk on The Godfather by Mario Puzo summary In this book Don Corleone is sometimes refereed to as The Don or The G odfather out of respect is the head of the Corleone family Originally named Vito Andolini The Don changed his name to Corleone after fleeing from the Mafia in Italy and arriving at New York There he quickly makes alliances and political contacts and is able to create the most powerful family in New York His power is challenged when The Don refuses to enter into the business of narcotics with the Tattaglias another family The Tattaglias have reason to believe that Santino one of the Dons sons is interested and attempt to kill The Don hoping his son who would be in charge would agree but fail A big war eventually breaks out but after loosing Santino The Don makes peace to be able to safely bring his son who is hiding out in Sicily home At this point The Don teaches his son Michael about the family business and how to avenge Santinos death and set things straight before the family who has planned to move to Vegas to pursue their business of gambling moves character sketches Don Corleone Don Corleone is the head of the Corleone family and is feared and respected by many Don Vito Corleone demands only one thing from a person his pledge of friendship With this no matter how poor or powerless the person the Don would never disappoint him if he came to him for help This is partly why he is respected by everyone and has earned the right to be called the Godfather In terms of keeping the family at the top Don Corleone uses his intelligence He is also a great negotiator He made it a point never to threaten the person he was speaking to and act very politely He once reasoned with
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