The Godfather - Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola, Anthony Puzo & Robert J. Thompson

The Godfather

By Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola, Anthony Puzo & Robert J. Thompson

  • Release Date: 1969-03-10
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
The Godfather book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,413 Ratings)

The Godfather Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola, Anthony Puzo & Robert J. Thompson Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars


Mario Puzo’s classic saga of an American crime family that became a global phenomenonnominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

With its brilliant and brutal portrayal of the Corleone family, The Godfather burned its way into our national consciousness. This unforgettable saga of crime and corruption, passion and loyalty continues to stand the test of time, as the definitive novel of the Mafia underworld.

A #1 New York Times bestseller in 1969, Mario Puzo’s epic was turned into the incomparable film of the same name, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It is the original classic that has been often imitated, but never matched. A tale of family and society, law and order, obedience and rebellion, it reveals the dark passions of human nature played out against a backdrop of the American dream.

With a Note from Anthony Puzo and an Afterword by Robert J. Thompson

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User reviews about this book

  • Amazing

    By archilny
    Even better than the movie.
  • The Godfather

    By A Boy From The Bronx
    The best motion picture of all time. I have the dialogue committed to memory having seen it dozens of times but the book was somehow better. If it were possible I would have given it ten stars.
  • I liked the movie a lot more

    By JJ bbghtf
    I’ve watched the film hundreds of times and while this is a good book I can’t say it’s well written. Frankly the language is pretty sophomoric. A much better mob book that has better dialogue and is extremely well written is “The Friends of Eddie Cole”. I barely finished this book.
  • The Greatest Novel of the 20th Century

    By johndidonato
    I’ve seen the movies a thousand times. They are great. The book is better. What a ride! The Don is a paradox: the tender heart of God with the ferocity of the devil. This is an American story like no other. Rags to riches; anonymity to power. A classic!
  • Classic

    By JR-Gator
    Classic that is always enjoyed.
  • The movie was better

    By Nickname Taken 2 The Sequel
    The movie was a poor adaptation but told the story of The Godfather a lot better. This book was unfocused, gave details that were not important to the story, had plots that did not matter and characters who really did not serve a purpose other than to pad the pages. It would have been better as a short story with the focus on Michael and The Godfather.
  • True modern classic

    By Am book reader
    One of the best books of all time. If you’ve only seen the movie, you’re missing out on literary genius.
  • It abook

    By Duck lover 27
  • Great Book

    By Ireke Onuma
    Puzo unleashed his Sicillian fury here. Enjoyed every single sentence.
  • Wonderful

    By brinkycharles
    Love this book! Couldn’t put it down. Will definitely be reading this book again.

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