Dominic Sposeto

Book: "La Famiglia and Their Blind Advocate"

This is the history of an extraordinary family which begins in the early 1800s and continues through six generations to the present time.

Part One begins with the first generation in 1814 when we meet Domenico Miniscarchi, Attorney General of Southern Italy. A generation later a Sicilian Don joins the family and plays a vital role in the immigration of numerous southern Italian families to America, including the Espositos (the original name of the Sposeto family), and the Iaquintas.

Prohibition was fast approaching and it was at this time the family, while living in Des Moines, Iowa, became involved in bootlegging, which erupted into warring factions in the Italian underworld at the turn of the century. Murder and retaliation left a trail of tears and devastation.

Part Two takes us to the 1940s where, with the assistance of influential Sicilian connections and the generosity of the matriarch of the family, the fourth generation left the Midwest and found a better way of life in California.

Part Three brings us to the fifth generation where we meet young Dominic who became blind in his early twenties and struggled with his orientation and blindness. Through much mentoring and nurturing, he became a highly distinguished and respected attorney, extending his practice across America. Dom’s ancestors’ passion for returning the family to an honorable position was at last realized.

The book is being published all over the country in braille and recorded for the blind.

Dominic's profits from the sale of this book go directly to Guide Dogs of America where Dom has received his last 4 dogs and in August of this year Dom will go to school to get his next dog.

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