The Godfather Returns Themes

Mark Winegardner
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What makes a man a good leader? What characteristics do strong leaders share? What exceptional burdens do men with large responsibilities carry? All of these questions are explored as the theme of leadership is touched on throughout the book. Relations between the families are always complicated, because there are so many different Dons who each vary in their leadership styles. Each boss is constantly trying to outguess, outwit, and outdo the other. There's Don Louie Russo of Chicago, who is reputed to be a vicious animal, in the tradition of Chicago Dons like Al Capone. The other Dons look down on him because he's not "reasonable," but they also respect his power and consider him a formidable rival. No one really wants to cross Don Russo.

Don Vincent Forlenza, by contrast, projects the image of benign, grandfatherly wisdom. The younger Dons feel he's out of touch...

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