The First Family

Terror, Extortion and the Birth of the American Mafia

Mike Dash

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Beschreibung

Before Al Capone and Lucky Luciano, there was the one-fingered, cunning Giuseppe Morello and his murderous coterie of brothers. Had it not been for Morello, the world may never have heard of 'men of honour', the code of omertaor Mafia wars. This explosive book tells the story of the first family of New York, and how this extended close-knit clan of racketeers and murderers left the backwaters of Sicily to successfully establish themselves as the founding godfathers of the New World.

First Family will explain in thrilling, characterful detail how the American Mafia established itself so successfully. Combining strong narrative and raw violence - set against the raucous bustle of early twentieth-century New York, and the impoverished rural life of nineteenth-century Sicily - this impeccably researched, groundbreaking study of a crucial period of American history is a compelling portrait of the early years of organised crime.

Mike Dash is a renowned historian and author of narrative non-fiction. His previous books include Satan's Circus, Murder, Vice, Police Corruption and New York's Crime of the Century, (Granta 2007). He has a Masters from Cambridge University and a PhD from the University of London. He lives in London.

'An indefatigable researcher with prodigious descriptive flair.' Sunday Telegraph 'Cracking history... Mike Dash brings a confident organisation to his material, a rapid grasp of both personality and circumstance, and a bold eye for significant detail.' Daily Telegraph 'Writes with an unabashedly cinematic flair, and his accounts are backed by meticulous research.' New York Times 'No historian I've read in years places you so deeply inside a piece of the past.' National Geographic Adventure 'Dash captures the reader with narrative based on dogged research, more richly evocative of character and place than any fiction, and so well written he is impossible to put down.' The Australian Mike Dash's extensively researched and well-laid-out book goes some of the way towards deconstructing the Mafia as a romantic alternative to law and order...This book, with its parade of bloodthirsty miscreants, is most absorbing when it deals with the counterfeiting rackets that partly ended in 1910 when Morello went to jail for a decade...Dash brings a well-ordered and sober eye to the birth of organised crime and its squalid reality' Irish Times 30/3 'We love the Mafia, its dons and its capos, its soldiers and consiglieres. But know them? No. We don't know them. In fact, until now we've never even understood where they came from. That's been put right by Mike Dash. The English historian has set himself the task of explaining how scruffy and penniless Sicilian immigrants formed the most powerful criminal organisation in the world's most powerful nation. And it's some story' Scotland on Sunday 22/03 'Dash's sources, among which are some dramatic and detailed confessions from New York gang members, bring to life this bloody period of organised crime history' Sunday Telegraph BOOK OF THE WEEK 08/03

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Kopierschutz Ja i
Family Sharing Nein i
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Seitenzahl 480 (Printausgabe)
Erscheinungsdatum 09.06.2011
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9781849835862
Verlag Simon + Schuster
Dateigröße 1535 KB

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