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Prequel to Ghost: Where Truth and Fiction collide, Made in America explores the formative years of the man of whom was said, “I never expected to ‘meet’ a man with a license to kill”. Born into a deeply religious Italian family, six-year-old Michael Marra declared war on God. He had taken Uncle Vincent, a man he loved, and he wanted revenge. Silence was the watchword taught by Michael’s mother; there were secrets that it was dangerous to know, and they had their roots in the mafia and the Sicilian War of 1963 and the mysterious disappearance of Salvatore La Barbera. Michael Marra listened, questioned everything, and it led him to be prepared to pay any price to see good win over evil.
Made in America was written by the son of an Italian immigrant family with mafia connections. It shows him as a questioning child, absorbing without entirely understanding facts, and as a teenager. At thirteen, Michael Marra was taught martial arts by a motorcycle cop from New York, and he learned the choice is to win the fight or die. He fell in love with a girl called Tracy, but his dreams of “a time for us” were on indefinite hold. He became aware of the corruption within the great city he called home – New York – and he had his part to play. Win, or lose and finito? Which is it to be for the boy who becomes a man? Made in America by Michael Marra is a captivating account of astounding reality.