The story of an Italian immigrant who managed to find the American Dream by having "What it Takes"
Mario Polidori arrives in America at age 13 with his mother and two younger brothers... More > after his father escaped persecution form Mussolini in Italy. This tale takes you on a journey that starts in the old country and continues through Ellis Island to the coal mining region of northeaster Pennsylvania where Mario spent his childhood.
It continues as Mario travels to Camden NJ to begin working in part of the industrial boom that supported the Allies’ victory in WWII. Further, to Mississippi for basic training before returning to Europe again as a soldier in Patton's 3rd army. The story describes systematically each step taken to build the American Dream through marriage, fatherhood, college education, a professional career and eventually an independent business owner. As an engineer and inventor Mario hopes the reader can use this book as a guide to understand "What it Takes"< Less