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Author Lorenzo Carcaterra
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The Last Don

Author Mario Puzo
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Kane and Abel

Author Jeffrey Archer
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Published 2009-11

Kane & Abel for a new generation!They had only one thing in common... William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless Polish immigrant - two men born on the same day on opposite sides of the world, their paths destined to cross in the ruthless struggle to build a fortune. The marvellous story, spanning 60 years, of two powerful men linked by an all-consuming hatred, brought together by fate to save... and finally destroy... each other.

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