Mario Puzo was an American author, screenwriter, and journalist, best known for his crime novels about the Mafia, most notably 'The Godfather' (1969), which he later co-adapted into a three-part film saga directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Puzo's 'The Godfather' is considered one of the greatest films in world cinema and a significant influence on the gangster genre. Puzo also wrote the original screenplay for the 1978 Superman film and its 1980 sequel. His works explore the themes of power, crime, family, and the American dream.
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The book revolves around the powerful Italian-American crime family of Don Vito Corleone. When the don's youngest son, Michael, reluctantly joins the mafia, he becomes involved in the inevitable cycle of violence and betrayal. Although Michael tries to maintain a normal relationship with his wife, Kay, he is drawn deeper into the family business. The narrative follows the Corleone family's struggle to hold onto power in a rapidly changing world, as well as Michael's transformation from reluctant family outsider to ruthless mafia boss.