Smalltime A Story of My Family and the Mob

He grew up knowing his grandfather and namesake was a small-town mob boss but maintained an unspoken family vow of silence. Then an elderly relative prodded: You’re a writer—what are you gonna do about the story?

Smalltime  A Story of My Family and the Mob

Smalltime A Story of My Family and the Mob

One of Newsweek's Most Highly Anticipated New Books of 2021 Family secrets emerge as a best-selling author dives into the history of the mob in small-town America. Best-selling author Russell Shorto, praised for his incisive works of narrative history, never thought to write about his own past. He grew up knowing his grandfather and namesake was a small-town mob boss but maintained an unspoken family vow of silence. Then an elderly relative prodded: You’re a writer—what are you gonna do about the story? Smalltime is a mob story straight out of central casting—but with a difference, for the small-town mob, which stretched from Schenectady to Fresno, is a mostly unknown world. The location is the brawny postwar factory town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The setting is City Cigar, a storefront next to City Hall, behind which Russ and his brother-in-law, “Little Joe,” operate a gambling empire and effectively run the town. Smalltime is a riveting American immigrant story that travels back to Risorgimento Sicily, to the ancient, dusty, hill-town home of Antonino Sciotto, the author’s great-grandfather, who leaves his wife and children in grinding poverty for a new life—and wife—in a Pennsylvania mining town. It’s a tale of Italian Americans living in squalor and prejudice, and of the rise of Russ, who, like thousands of other young men, created a copy of the American establishment that excluded him. Smalltime draws an intimate portrait of a mobster and his wife, sudden riches, and the toll a lawless life takes on one family. But Smalltime is something more. The author enlists his ailing father—Tony, the mobster’s son—as his partner in the search for their troubled patriarch. As secrets are revealed and Tony’s health deteriorates, the book become an urgent and intimate exploration of three generations of the American immigrant experience. Moving, wryly funny, and richly detailed, Smalltime is an irresistible memoir by a masterful writer of historical narrative.

More Books:

Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Russell Shorto
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-02-02 - Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

One of Newsweek's Most Highly Anticipated New Books of 2021 Family secrets emerge as a best-selling author dives into the history of the mob in small-town America. Best-selling author Russell Shorto, praised for his incisive works of narrative history, never thought to write about his own past. He grew up
The Future Without a Past
Language: en
Pages: 313
Authors: John Paul Russo
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005 - Publisher: University of Missouri Press

"Argues that technological imperatives like rationalization, universalism, monism, and autonomy have transformed the humanities and altered the relation between humans and nature. Examines technology and its impact on education, historical memory, and technological and literary values in criticism and theory, concluding with an analysis of the fiction of Don DeLillo"--Provided
Popular Culture and Law
Language: en
Pages: 612
Authors: RichardK. Sherwin
Categories: Law
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-07-05 - Publisher: Routledge

What are the consequences when law's stories and images migrate from the courtroom to the court of public opinion and from movie, television and computer screens back to electronic monitors inside the courtroom itself? What happens when lawyers and public relations experts market notorious legal cases and controversial policy issues
Confessions of the Critics
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: H. Aram Veeser
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-05-01 - Publisher: Routledge

First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
The Underworld Captain
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Alexander Shannon, David Leslie
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-04-07 - Publisher: Random House

Alexander Shannon escaped a shady past to enjoy a glittering career in the army, only to end up back in the thick of criminal activity. Shannon's time as a soldier saw him posted to the Falklands, Northern Ireland and war-torn Bosnia. The rigours of army life took their toll and

Popular All Time

Moms on Call Basic Baby Care: 0-6 Months
Oh Crap! Potty Training
Moms on Call Next Steps Baby Care: 6-15 Months
Raising Good Humans
How to Stop Losing Your Sh*t with Your Kids
No-Drama Discipline
Cribsheet
Hunt, Gather, Parent
The Whole-Brain Child
Failure to Launch
The Happiest Toddler on the Block
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, 4th Edition
Under Pressure
Trapped in the Mirror
The Happiest Kids in the World
The Stressed Years of Their Lives
The Science of Making Friends
Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World

Recent Books: