The First Family by Mike Dash
Terror, Extortion, Revenge, Murder, and the Birth of the American Mafia

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Before the notorious Five Families dominated U.S. organized crime, there was the one-fingered criminal genius Giuseppe Morello and his lethal coterie. Combining first-rate scholarship and pulse-quickening action, Mike Dash brings to life this little-known story, following the rise of the Mafia in America from the 1890s to the 1920s, from the villages of Sicily to the streets of Little Italy. Using an array of primary sources—hitherto untapped Secret Service archives, prison records, and interviews with surviving family members—Dash has written a groundbreaking account of the crucial period when the criminal underworld exploded with fury across the nation.
 

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Mike Dash is the author of the national bestseller Tulipomania. A journalist and Cambridge-educated historian, he lives in London.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published July 23, 2009 by Random House. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Crime, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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If you're like me, you'll find Mike Dash's "The First Family: Terror, Extortion, Revenge, Murder, and the Birth of the American Mafia" (Random House, 416 pages, notes, photographs, maps, bibliography, index, $27.00) an excellent, vividly written introduction to the birth of the Mafia -- the term ...

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British historian and journalist Mike Dash, a former editor of the Fortean Times, has written several critically acclaimed works of popular history, including Tulipomania and Batavia’s Graveyard: The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History’s Bloodiest Mutiny.

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