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    The First Family: Terror, Extortion, Revenge, Murder, and the Birth of the American Mafia (CD-Audio) By (author) Mike Dash, Narrator Lloyd James

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    DescriptionBefore the Five Families who so notoriously dominated U.S. organized crime for a bloody half-century, there was the one-fingered, surpassingly cunning Giuseppe Morello and his murderous coterie of brothers. Born into a life of poverty in rural Sicily, Morello became an American nightmare, pioneering the bizarre initiation rituals, imaginative protection rackets, influential underworld reigns, and Mafia wars later popularized by countless books, television shows, and movies. 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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    The First Family
    Terror, Extortion, Revenge, Murder, and the Birth of the American Mafia
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mike Dash, Narrator Lloyd James
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 170 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    ISBN 13: 9781400143641
    ISBN 10: 1400143640

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    BIC E4L: CRI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.1
    LC classification: HV
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY, CHRN/LATE18
    Abridged Dewey: 364
    B&T General Subject: 805
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/PREWWI, CHRN/1920
    BIC subject category V2: BTC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 55580
    Ingram Subject Code: JN
    Libri: I-JN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036040
    DC22: 364.1060973
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036060, TRU003000
    Thema V1.0: DNXC, NHK, JKVM
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KBB
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MP, 3MN
    Edition statement
    Library ed
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    21 September 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Mike Dash is a historian with a PhD from the University of London and the author of seven books, including "Satan's Circus," "Thug," "Batavia's Graveyard," and "Tulipomania." Lloyd James has been narrating since 1996, has recorded over six hundred books in almost every genre, has earned six "AudioFile" Earphones Awards, and is a two-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award.
    Review quote
    "Altogether excellent.... Dash writes with flair and care alike." ---Kirkus Starred Review