the first family

Meticulously researched, Mike Dash’s The First Family is a very comprehensive look at the roots of the Mafia in the United States. Giuseppe “The Clutch Hand” Morello was a ruthless and merciless leader, with dealings in counterfeiting, extortion, and eventually Prohibition. I enjoyed the narrative style Dash used in telling the stories of Morello, his underlings, and their successors—it made the subjects and their actions very real for me and the timeline flow well. The family tree and Rogue’s Gallery sections were helpful in connecting names in the book too. Excellent read for those interested in Mafia and U.S. American History!