MIKE DASH, THE FIRST FAMILY

Mike Dash excels at turning bizarre and esoteric historical episodes (the Dutch tulip craze, India's murder cults, etc.) into thrilleresque nonfiction.

The First Family by Mike Dash [Random House, $27]

Mike Dash excels at turning bizarre and esoteric historical episodes (the Dutch tulip craze, India's murder cults, etc.) into thrilleresque nonfiction. Here, he casts his reportorial gaze on the previously untold story of Giuseppe "the Clutch Hand" Morello, the small-time Sicilian hit man who rose to become the first Mafia godfather of New York. Timothy Hodler

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