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Free your book! Buying a product tagged "NelsonFree" means you get more than just the hardback book. You also get a free ebook and a free audiobook. Three formats for the price of one! And the freedom to experience your book in more ways than ever before. 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, c Free your book! Buying a product tagged "NelsonFree" means you get more than just the hardback book. You also get a free ebook and a free audiobook. Three formats for the price of one! And the freedom to experience your book in more ways than ever before. 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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Free your book! Buying a product tagged "NelsonFree" means you get more than just the hardback book. You also get a free ebook and a free audiobook. Three formats for the price of one! And the freedom to experience your book in more ways than ever before. 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, c Free your book! Buying a product tagged "NelsonFree" means you get more than just the hardback book. You also get a free ebook and a free audiobook. Three formats for the price of one! And the freedom to experience your book in more ways than ever before. 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. "

30 review for I'll Make You an Offer You Can't Refuse: Insider Business Tips from a Former Mob Boss

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michael Brown

    As a college student taking Business courses in College and with today's business climate this is a great book to read and think about. These "Insider Business Tips from a Former Mob Boss" are totally different then what I expected to read about. I figured it would be a few quips and snazzy quotes and alot of filler. Boy was I wrong... yes there were the quips, snazzy quotes, but the meat of the book -- was a high quality meal. It is a look at the business views and teachings of Machiavelli v.s. As a college student taking Business courses in College and with today's business climate this is a great book to read and think about. These "Insider Business Tips from a Former Mob Boss" are totally different then what I expected to read about. I figured it would be a few quips and snazzy quotes and alot of filler. Boy was I wrong... yes there were the quips, snazzy quotes, but the meat of the book -- was a high quality meal. It is a look at the business views and teachings of Machiavelli v.s. those of Solomon. And how those can effect and play out in life and business. With alot of stories from his life Michael Franzese fleshes both of these Idologies out. As you read (at least for me) he causes you to think about how you do and deal with your life, job, friends, and yourself. After each chapter he has some "Get the Message" statements and questions the summarize the chapter. A quick refesher of the main points "The message" of the chapter. Here are some of the questions he asks us to answer.... A.K.A - "Final Exam Time" 1. Do you believe that a soild bottom line is justified bt whatever means are used to attain it? 2. Do you believe that situations arise in business that justify employing dishonest business tactics? 3. In dealing with your competitors, is it acceptable to do whatever is neccessary to gain an advantage, even if it means driving them out of business? Another Great FEATURE is because it is a "NELSON FREE" book you also get to download a searchable E-Book and a MP3 Audio book of this title. This is a great extra -- I have downloaded the mp3 and will be listening to in the car. In the end, seeing the finacial mess our country and world is in and even when we come out of it. I would highly recommend this book to both business men, students, employees, and anyone else. It is truely a book you shouldn't refuse.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rabin Rai

    I picked up this book after watching an interview of the author on Youtube by Valuetainment. His background hooked me and I got his book. Though this book touches on common business ideas, it does so with a gangster style. It was easy and quick to read and enhanced my interest more in financial market.

  3. 5 out of 5

    KnowledgeSpecter

    Just finished this book after a few months of stalling but what an amazing book it neither less was. Amazing anecdotes packed with gems from the mob life and comparing Machiavelli philosophy with Solomon’s philosophy. An all around great business book and great read that I’d recommend to anyone!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jason Twombly

    Business principles. (Machiavelli vs. Solomon) Could be a profitable easy read for a round table business group. Good street smarts based on Solomonic wit. I particularly enjoyed the sardonic humor of real life scenario mafia deals that reak of some of the best scenes of The Godfather.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tiago Soares

    It's worth to watch his interviews - you'll get a few lessons from him. He is a smart man! When it comes to the book, it isn't one I will be recommending. I thought it would be more practical to me, but in the end this will be good mainly to people who might have the wrong values and ethics. It's worth to watch his interviews - you'll get a few lessons from him. He is a smart man! When it comes to the book, it isn't one I will be recommending. I thought it would be more practical to me, but in the end this will be good mainly to people who might have the wrong values and ethics.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked this book because it talks about life and business from someone who has experience with both Machiavelli and Solomon’s teachings. The advice is very practical, not all of it is groundbreaking but it has a very good message overall. My favourite part in the book is the section called 'A model in need of repair' where the author talks about how a government should be run. I think his suggestions should be read by any individual who is planning on getting involved in politics or wants to ru I liked this book because it talks about life and business from someone who has experience with both Machiavelli and Solomon’s teachings. The advice is very practical, not all of it is groundbreaking but it has a very good message overall. My favourite part in the book is the section called 'A model in need of repair' where the author talks about how a government should be run. I think his suggestions should be read by any individual who is planning on getting involved in politics or wants to run a country. The solutions are there, ***Spoiler Alert!!! (cut spending, increase cash flow, eliminate borrowing, dealing with illegal aliens) there just needs to be as Mr. Franzese says ‘more Solomons and less Machiavellis'. The explanations are much better and fleshed out in the book so I recommend people research them on their own there. I also found it refreshing to hear someone talk about their faith from the perspective of a former mobster. It is encouraging to those of us who have not been exposed to that lifestyle to steer clear of it and to stick to having a good relationship with your creator. Great read! I enjoyed this book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Gibson

    Look to the mob for business advice? Not hardly! I expected this to be an expose of his dealings in the mob and what it is deals more with his lessons learned in life by taking a rough road then finding God. I appreciated his turning his life around but find it hard to take management advice on how not to manage. He compares Machiavellian philosophy to Solomon’s wisdom and tries to steer a path to Solomon which is wise, after all, wasn’t Solomon one of the wisest to live on the Earth? Nevertheles Look to the mob for business advice? Not hardly! I expected this to be an expose of his dealings in the mob and what it is deals more with his lessons learned in life by taking a rough road then finding God. I appreciated his turning his life around but find it hard to take management advice on how not to manage. He compares Machiavellian philosophy to Solomon’s wisdom and tries to steer a path to Solomon which is wise, after all, wasn’t Solomon one of the wisest to live on the Earth? Nevertheless, there are much better books on management styles and business. I wouldn’t recommend this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    I knew this wouldn’t be an in-depth ‘how to’ business manual, it was what I expected: some G-rated mob stories loosely tied into some general business principles. It’s fine. In one of his examples, the wrong date was listed for the Castellano hit (he said Dec 1986 instead of 1985), so that made me turn my head a bit, but I’m probably just being picky. That being said, how does an incorrect reference to arguably the biggest mob hit ever, in a book written by a former mobster, make it past the proo I knew this wouldn’t be an in-depth ‘how to’ business manual, it was what I expected: some G-rated mob stories loosely tied into some general business principles. It’s fine. In one of his examples, the wrong date was listed for the Castellano hit (he said Dec 1986 instead of 1985), so that made me turn my head a bit, but I’m probably just being picky. That being said, how does an incorrect reference to arguably the biggest mob hit ever, in a book written by a former mobster, make it past the proofreaders? It’s a quick read and if you can pick it up cheap, do it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Prakash

    Some useful insights about how to be successful in business, though I was a bit disappointed; After watching him interviewed on YouTube, I was expecting a bit more. Maybe I need to read it again... Here's the interview that made me want to buy the book: https://youtu.be/5U-yqm9H_Sg Also you get a positive vibe one gets from seeing someone having transformed themselves. Some useful insights about how to be successful in business, though I was a bit disappointed; After watching him interviewed on YouTube, I was expecting a bit more. Maybe I need to read it again... Here's the interview that made me want to buy the book: https://youtu.be/5U-yqm9H_Sg Also you get a positive vibe one gets from seeing someone having transformed themselves.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christoffer Engevik

    Okay, but pretty basic. Some contradictions and alot of the mobster repeating himself. Also, don’t bring religion into business, or into anything else for that matter. Only read through it for the stories. Maybe his previous book would be more interesting. As a business book, this goes way down on the list of what you should read. I like the strictly ethical aproach tho.

  11. 4 out of 5

    John

    Rea!ly Well Done This is a truly great read that is chock full of practical lessons emanating from a set of life experiences which provide the author with a PhD in essential business tactics. In fact, much of the lessons are applicable to everyday life and go well beyond the arena of business. Highly recommended, fast read that is all at once funny, engaging and valuable.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amrita Kohli

    Enjoyed this quick read. Serves a strong lesson on the value of integrity and has some good business lessons. It was nice to get an insight into mob life and how that parallels with business and the government. Although, towards the end of the book the author seemed unaware of the fact that most unauthorized immigrants pay taxes.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Beaver Buzz

    None of the insights in this book are very profound or deep, but it's still got some good information and is presented in an informative and entertaining way. The mafia-related anecdotes also add a lot of value to the book. None of the insights in this book are very profound or deep, but it's still got some good information and is presented in an informative and entertaining way. The mafia-related anecdotes also add a lot of value to the book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Seleba

    So insightful and eye opening book! It reflects real life situations that have universal appeal! Life changing story that helps one to make a conscience decision and decide which part to stay in!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Steven Medina

    Michael Frachezse is one of the most clever and smart authors I know. Very well educated in his former life. He discusses common business practices and translates to them how he learned some of them from his former life in the mob. I liked his style on how he explained the tricks of his business. Kind of a business and true crime(ish) book for those who are looking for a good read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Manbir Singh

    Main lesson of the book is to conduct your business in an ethical manner, even if that means making less money. More important than money is having time to enjoy life, spend time with family, and being able to sleep with peace of mind.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Charles Pickering

    It cuts to the chase. One of the few real talk style books on Business and Life that I have read in a long time.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christian

    Eye opening Who would have that biblical passages and machiavelican principles has much to do with our businesses. Highly recommended for beginners and executives.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rezi

    A fantastic book from a former mob boss with great tips on doing business:) I didn't read it, I absorbed it:) A must read! A fantastic book from a former mob boss with great tips on doing business:) I didn't read it, I absorbed it:) A must read!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jon Phang

    Good book, really simple read and simple ideas and strategies used in business

  21. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Enjoyed this book! It is all so true, the mafia and corporate business world are pretty much the same when you dive deep into it. Good reflective thinking. I like the parallel's between Machiavellian and Solomon, I know who I am more similar to. When it comes down to it, it all makes sense. Michael Franzese provides his mafia hat and then translates to corporate business. Good book. Enjoyed this book! It is all so true, the mafia and corporate business world are pretty much the same when you dive deep into it. Good reflective thinking. I like the parallel's between Machiavellian and Solomon, I know who I am more similar to. When it comes down to it, it all makes sense. Michael Franzese provides his mafia hat and then translates to corporate business. Good book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl

    In I’ll Make You an Offer You Can’t Refuse, Michael Franzese, former capo in the Colombo crime family, shares his insight and wisdom in running and making the most of your business. From the basics, like creating a written business plan, to keeping it legal, Michael offers antidotes and stories that describe how he reached success while a high ranking member of the mob. But therein lies the problem. There were double standards throughout the book. For example, Michael Franzese tells us to put tog In I’ll Make You an Offer You Can’t Refuse, Michael Franzese, former capo in the Colombo crime family, shares his insight and wisdom in running and making the most of your business. From the basics, like creating a written business plan, to keeping it legal, Michael offers antidotes and stories that describe how he reached success while a high ranking member of the mob. But therein lies the problem. There were double standards throughout the book. For example, Michael Franzese tells us to put together a clear, focused, and written business plan. However, not if you are a mobster. A mobster’s objective is always to get as much money as possible, as fast as possible, and they prefer not to have paper trails as these can be incriminating. So if Michael Franzese did it the mobster way, without a written plan, why is he telling his readers to do it another way? The business information contained in the book wasn’t particularly unique or fresh. Play it straight, learn to listen, put a lid on greed, don’t gamble, and operate with integrity are just some of the significant messages explored in the book, but a lot of the information felt like common sense. Certainly good lessons with moral appeal, but not new, insightful, eye-opening information for most people (perhaps I think too highly of the integrity of the human race?). One of the best aspects of I’ll Make You an Offer You Can’t Refuse is its strong message of motivation and encouragement. Michael Franzese devotes an entire chapter to failures. He explains that failure is normal, and that some failure in life is to be expected. But value comes from using the failure as a tool for learning and improving, and the best way to handle failure is to pick yourself up and dust yourself off. Michael Franzese writes with a strong, wise-guy voice that is easy to read and entertaining, but may not be the business book readers think. He writes, “Life is all about the ingredients.” Put in good ingredients and you’ll get a good product. I’ll Make You an Offer You Can’t Refuse is less a lesson in running a business, and more instruction in living a good moral life.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jean Oram

    Who can resist a book on business advice written by a former mob boss? I couldn’t. I picked it up and was pleasantly surprised. The wiseguy’s got voice. He weaves interesting and fitting anecdotes from ‘the life’. He also references Machiavelli’s The Prince which he then backhands out of court with counter (ethical) advice from King Solomon. Most non-fiction books ramble on for pages and pages, the writer often repeating themselves and throwing half-interesting anecdote after anecdote in order to Who can resist a book on business advice written by a former mob boss? I couldn’t. I picked it up and was pleasantly surprised. The wiseguy’s got voice. He weaves interesting and fitting anecdotes from ‘the life’. He also references Machiavelli’s The Prince which he then backhands out of court with counter (ethical) advice from King Solomon. Most non-fiction books ramble on for pages and pages, the writer often repeating themselves and throwing half-interesting anecdote after anecdote in order to fill their 300 pages. Franzese’s approach is refreshing. He takes on 152 pages to lay down what he wants you to know and goes for it. Franzese uses anecdotes liberally, however they are so ‘unusual’ and entertaining (often life or death scenarios) the reader gleefully gobbles them up without realizing they are in fact, learning. Because it is entertaining, his tips have a much better chance of being remembered and therefore utilized. The man demonstrates one of his biggest lessons in the way he writes his book. The biggest lesson (at least for me) regards the ’sit down’: be prepared, don’t talk more than necessary, get in, get out, be efficient. That’s what’s he’s doing. He’s got the reader in a sit down and he’s working it to the reader’s benefit. While the title claims ‘insider business tips’, I think this is misleading. There aren’t any tips that are particularly ‘insider’. I would argue that they are tips focused on how to run your business (or life) with integrity, perseverance and wit. So, if you are looking for a way to follow in Martha Stewart’s footsteps, good luck. You aren’t going to find those kinds of insider tips here. This book was a pleasant surprise, easy to read, short, and left me wanting to pick up his other books–it was that much fun to read. (A business book that is fun and easy to read…hmmm…isn’t that an oxymoron?)

  24. 5 out of 5

    James E. Robinson, III

    Disclaimer: i received a copy of this book for review from Thomas-Nelson Publishers. I'll Make You an Offer You Can't Refuse: Insider Business Tips from a Former Mob Boss was an interesting book. A more descriptive (less sensational) title would have been Business Ethics: Machiavelli v/s Solomon. Who would have thought that mobsters were given homework when they went off to jail? Michael Franzese tells us how the mob lived by the principals outlined by Niccolò Machiavelli in his book The Prince. A Disclaimer: i received a copy of this book for review from Thomas-Nelson Publishers. I'll Make You an Offer You Can't Refuse: Insider Business Tips from a Former Mob Boss was an interesting book. A more descriptive (less sensational) title would have been Business Ethics: Machiavelli v/s Solomon. Who would have thought that mobsters were given homework when they went off to jail? Michael Franzese tells us how the mob lived by the principals outlined by Niccolò Machiavelli in his book The Prince. And that a copy was given to incarcerated mobsters to read while they were doing their time. Franzese explains how the mob is a great example of Machiavellian principals in practice and why an enterprising business-person would be wise to avoid them at all costs. For a contrast, he offers that Solomon has far more wisdom than Machiavelli; which, at the very least, should keep you out of jail. I had low expectations for this book; perhaps because i didn't know what to expect. The book was a very quick read, but really needed another pass from a copy-editor. Overall, i found it interesting and educational.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    This book is just your average business book with a twist of Mafia influence. It's not going to set the world on fire. It doesn't have any new techniques that aren't in any other business book and it tells you that up front. It's the stories that make this book worth it. The author goes into how he used each technique when he was with the Mob. Some of his stories are very good and others leave a lot to be desired. The hardback is a nice touch, however what makes it worth it is the fact that you This book is just your average business book with a twist of Mafia influence. It's not going to set the world on fire. It doesn't have any new techniques that aren't in any other business book and it tells you that up front. It's the stories that make this book worth it. The author goes into how he used each technique when he was with the Mob. Some of his stories are very good and others leave a lot to be desired. The hardback is a nice touch, however what makes it worth it is the fact that you can go to the website and download mp3 or audio version of the book. I still wouldn't recommend paying anything over $10 for it because it's just not worth it being so short on pages.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    I really liked this book, it was written from a different angle than other leadership books. Written from a mobsters perspective, he quotes the Book of Solomon and resources the book "The Prince" frequently. For example, he recommends getting a consigliere (a counselor) to "safeguard your shortsightedness, lack of information or perspective, even your own bad judgment." (p. 28). He is pro-education and pro-family, the two things in life I agree are most important next to your own health. Great re I really liked this book, it was written from a different angle than other leadership books. Written from a mobsters perspective, he quotes the Book of Solomon and resources the book "The Prince" frequently. For example, he recommends getting a consigliere (a counselor) to "safeguard your shortsightedness, lack of information or perspective, even your own bad judgment." (p. 28). He is pro-education and pro-family, the two things in life I agree are most important next to your own health. Great read--I highlighted and read it all the way through.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Michael Franzese used to be in the mob. He was pretty successful in his Mafia business dealings, but eventually the life caught up with him (he says that’s the case for all mobsters) and he went to prison. Some of the tips here are simply common sense, but the stories still make for an interesting read. The mob stories were especially intriguing! Reading this made me interested in Franzese’s other books; I’d like to know more about what made him change his life.

  28. 5 out of 5

    John

    A ruler should encourage gambling among his enemies, and put it down by military force at home. Get them gambling among themselves, Machiavelli reasoned, and they would be easier to crush & defeat. None of these gambling people fit the normal criminal conduct prior to acquiring their obsessive gambling habits.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Adam Suttner

    Great book and I love the Author!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tony Chesaro

    Easy read that compares two schools of thought/wisdoms on how to run a business namely Machiavellian or Solomonic. Michael Franzese made millions illegally and now makes millions legally and his insights into how business should be run are presented in the short book in easy to digest pieces. In the end he leaves you to make the decisions on how to run your business after exploring the upsides and downsides of the two wisdoms.

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