The First Family
- Terror, Extortion, Revenge, Murder, and the Birth of the American Mafia
- Narrated by: Lloyd James
- Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 09-21-09
- Language: English
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
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In The First Family, Mike Dash tells the little known story of the Morello family. He follows the birth of the Mafia in America from the 1890s to the 1920s, from the wharves of New Orleans - where Morello himself disembarked in the United States - to the streets of Little Italy. Using previously untapped secret service archives, prison records, and interviews with surviving family members, Dash brings to life the remarkable villains and unusual heroes of the Mafia's early years, from the colorful members of the Morello family to Joseph Petrosino, an Italian cop with a thick Naples accent, and William Flynn, a dogged U.S. Secret Service agent, who banded together to bring down Morello.
More than just a pulse-quickening Mafia narrative, The First Family is the first authoritative account of a particularly crucial period in American history, in which the modern American underworld was born.
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By J. Sovar on 01-09-13
The truth about the origins of the American mafia
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, this is possibly the best researched and written book about the Mafia.
Which scene was your favorite?
The investigation of the Morello counterfeit operation
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The murder of Joesph Petrosino
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By ISOL-SPQR on 08-30-16
Very well written. great research!
This was an excellent book. It was written very well and the research done is staggering! The best part is, it "reads" like a novel. It is hard to stop listening. This book would make one hell of a movie. The narrator does a very good job and when he reads the newspaper quotes he even sounds like an old time news reporter.
Great insight to the formative years of the mafia in America.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful