New Book “ME AND THE GENERAL” Captures the Essence of the Roaring Twenties

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Author Rosemary Valenti has written a highly engrossing look into the life of Ralph Liguori.

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It is a compelling, yet sad, story that illustrates the fine line between good and evil.

The Roaring Twenties was a time when the mafia crime bosses reigned supreme in the American underworld. It was a time of glitz, glamour and blood. In “ME AND THE GENERAL”, author Rosemary Valenti Guarnera has written an eye-opening read that delves into this era and looks into the life of Ralph Liguori, a man whose entire life was based on loyalty and a sense of duty, a man who was friends with Charles “Lucky” Luciano, one of the most notorious crime bosses during the great depression.

“ME AND THE GENERAL” is a story finally being told after many years. It is the biography of a man named Ralph Liguori, whose life was intertwined with the “infamous” Charles “Lucky” Luciano and a would-be president, Thomas E. Dewey. It relates the twists and turns that changes the course of his existence. As a young boy, he suffers his first heartfelt tragedy of the loss of his beloved father—which changes his life forever. Enter the Roaring Twenties, an era in which he slowly begins to find himself. In the following years of the Great Depression, there are the struggles to find work—only to succumb, at times, to an easier path in the so-called rackets. His good looks, winning personality, and talents brought him to the attention of the “big boys,” who befriended him, and Ralph learned of their nefarious ways. But more important is his lifelong friendship with “Lucky” Luciano—the GENERAL and GODFATHER—linked to the betrayal of Thomas E. Dewey in the famous 1936 New York prostitution trial—a trial that reveals the machinations which caused the incarceration and subsequent exile to Italy for both Ralph and Luciano. In prison, as well as in exile, we find incredulous episodes—fantastic tales—while many loose ends come to fruition.

It is a compelling yet sad story that illustrates the fine line between good and evil.

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About the Author
Rosemary Valenti, born in Cleveland, Ohio, began her career at the ABC affiliate WEWS-TV Channel 5; almost ten years later, she left for Rome, Italy to pursue other challenges. She started at the Institute of American Poultry, attached to the American Embassy (which introduced American turkey to Italy), followed by co-ownership of the European Coach & Travel Co. (met Ralph Liguori) and joined FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN), World Bank, and, ultimately, Rockwell International (first shuttle to the moon). She married Italian Captain Eugenio Guarnera (deceased) and divides time between the two countries.

ME AND THE GENERAL* by Rosemary Valenti Guarnera
Publication Date: 3/12/2014
Trade Paperback; $24.99; 520 pages; 978-1-4931-5832-4
Trade Hardback; $32.99; 520 pages; 978-1-4931-5833-1
e-book; $3.99; 978-1-4931-5834-8

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