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Sandra Peddie

Sandra Peddie is the author of two books, most recently, SONNY, The Last of the Old Time Mafia Bosses, John "Sonny" Franzese.

As an investigative journalist for Newsday, she has won more than 75 awards for her work, including the $35,000 Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting that gets results. She was a finalist for the Public Service Pulitzer in 2014 and also worked on Newsday's 1995 Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative series. In 2011, she was named Long Island's Outstanding Journalist of the Year and later was inducted into the Long Island Press Club Hall of Fame. She has won two New York Emmys, most recently for the documentary, American Gangster.

Peddie served on the board of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and has taught journalism at Hofstra and Stony Brook universities.

Published Works:

SONNY, The Last of the Old Time Mafia Bosses, John "Sonny" Franzese


John "Sonny" Franzese bragged to family and friends that he committed his first murder at the age of 14. As a made man for the Colombo crime family, he opened up the floodgates of Long Island to organized crime, while also operating successful music companies and pornography businesses in New York City.

Self-disciplined and smart, he refused to rat out his contemporaries, even after he was hit with a 50-year prison sentence for a crime he insisted he didn't commit. This is the true story of an old-school mafioso, based on interviews with Sonny himself, before he died of natural causes at the age of 103, as well as interviews of 130 of his friends, family members and enemies. He knew he had an extraordinary story to tell.

Published by Citadel Press, Kensington Publishing Corp. 2022.


The Repetitive Strain Injury Sourcebook


Tingling in the fingertips, a slight numbness in the hands, and aching neck or shoulders. You might have it and not even know it. The symptoms of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) can range from annoying to downright crippling. This book provides important information on the causes, treatments and prevention of RSI. It also details how to protect yourself both financially and legally.

RSI can seem daunting, but it is treatable. More and more physicians recognize it as a medical condition. This book offers practical advice on how to make informed decisions about your physical, emotional and financial well-being.

Published by RGA/Lowell House, 1997.


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