Item description for I'll Make You an Offer You Can't Refuse: Insider Business Tips from a Former Mob Boss by Michael Franzese...
Overview A former capo in the Colombo crime family describes how to succeed in business using networking, delegation, and negotiation tactics he learned during his time with the mob.
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What secrets can a former mob boss share about how to do legit business? Let's have a sit-down and find out.
By age 24, charming mob boss Michael Franzese was one of the wealthiest people on "Furtune" magazine's survey. As one of the rare people who quit the mob and lived to tell about it, Franzese has a unique perspective on how business is done. And one thing he noticed was that the way he made millions per week in business" inside" the mob can be applied to doing business" outside" the mob (minus the illegal part):
- Mob Rule # 4; Be an Early Riser & Avoid Getting Killed in Your Pajamas
- Mob Rule # 5: Ya Gotta Have a Crew
- Mob Rule # 7: Cook the Pasta, Not the Books
"Anyone who sells the mob short when it comes to its ingenuity, its ability to connect with people from all walks of life, and its substantial profit margins is simply kidding themselves." This book promises a mob's eye view of business that will change the way you see business forever.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2009
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 1595551638 ISBN13 9781595551634
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More About Michael Franzese
Michael Franzese was one of the mob's biggest earners since Al Capone, and the youngest individual on "Fortune" magazine's "Fifty Biggest Mafia Bosses." Then, after dodging the law for years, Franzese pled guilty, accepted a ten-year prison sentence, and quit the mob.
Reviews - What do customers think about I'll Make You An Offer You Can't Refuse?
An entertaining read Apr 15, 2010
"I'll Make You an Offer You Can't Refuse" by Michael Franzese is an entertaining read that may also be a good primer for business success. The mafia's business success, at least based on its portrayal in the movies, seems to be related to their complete disregard for human life. After all, this book takes its title from the most famous line in "The Godfather," and anyone who saw that 1972 classic knows that the offer is more of a threat.
Mafia aficionados will certainly get a kick out of Franzese's book whether or not they take his advice to heart. It's well-written in a tough, wiseguy style, and often funny as hell. One tidbit of wisdom that Franzese offers to success in business is to avoid getting killed in your pajamas. That should give you a clue as to what to expect. I enjoyed it.
Brian W. Fairbanks
It's an offer - but you "can" refuse it. Apr 4, 2010
I have an incredible amount of respect for Michael Franzese -- for reasons too personal to discuss in this review. I almost didn't buy this book, however, because it's published by Nelson, a religious title publisher. I don't buy that type of book. However, I was curious about it and actually thought it was about making offers. It's not. Nor is it especially religious EXCEPT that up to a point it is.
The bottom line, cut to the chase message is a comparison of Machiavelli and King Solomon. Made men and most all politicians and probably two-thirds of the successful businesspeople in the world follow the former philosopher while only a handful follow the latter.
The author gives us the distinct difference in the two and how they apply to business. It's hard to agree with Solomon when we see a liar and immoral man like ol' Joe Kennedy achieve tremendous wealth using Machiavellian ways. And he's only one of many. But, you have to judge for yourself.
The author also blames the recent meltdown on businesspeople's greed. I disagree. Oh, they're greedy. But the Fed had an awful lot to do with creating the debacle.
This book is well written and well-edited, as you'd expect from Nelson. The author is a wonderful writer and different from the current crop of business writers. He's honest about his life and where he's been and he uses his experiences to attempt to help people and create a better world. He's doing an admirable thing.
This book is probably unlike any business book you've ever read. You may not agree with all or part of it. But you'll enjoy it and it will get you to thinking. You may want to change. You may want to stay the same. But I'll bet you want to look deeper into King Solomon and do some deeper comparisons for yourself. At least that's what it did for me.
Oh, as a bonus, Nelsonfree lets you download the book in audio and pdf and mobile formats! I listened to the audio as I read. It's read by the author and it's just great. This is a wonderful benefit of buying Nelsonfree books and I wish other publishers would do this.
- Susanna K. Hutcheson
Book Feb 7, 2010
Great story. It really gives you an insight on the mob and how to relate it to everyday situations in business. Very interesting. Arrived quickly and as described. I recommend this book.
I'll make you an offer you can't refuse Feb 3, 2010
So,so mob book. Some parts entertaining. Author makes a point of convincing you he's on the straight & narrow. Sounds like he's still trying to convince law enforcement of his conversion.
A good book, but it didn't keep my attention like I had hoped. Jan 12, 2010
I'll Make You an Offer You Can't Refuse: Insider Tips from a Former Mob Boss by Michael Franzese was a book I was very excited to read and review. The concept of the book sounded really interesting and I'm always looking for more tips when it comes to furthering my business knowledge.
Unfortunately, this book underperformed a little bit. It could easily just be me, since many of the reviews seem favorable for the book. For some reason the book just didn't keep my attention like I thought it would, and I have not been able to finish it even though I've had the book for about 6 months. Franzese's wisdom about the criminal underworld and how it relates to business is very consistent and accurate, and his stories specifically related to the mob are interesting and give a great insight into an organization that few ever experience, and even fewer live to tell about.
I liked this book well enough, and to some people I would think it would be very interesting. Unfortunately, it didn't hold my attention like I expected, and I didn't have a strong desire to pick it back up and finish it. I think there are plenty of people that would love this book, and I would still encourage you to pick it up, but it didn't end up being a book I fell in love with.