Greenwich Village was the Genovese family’s backyard, so of course the mob had a hand in every extra-legal enterprise, starting with bars that catered to gay patrons.
Ronald K. Fried is the author of two novels, My Father's Fighter and Christmas in Paris 2002, as well as Corner Men, a history of boxing trainers. He is currently at work on a novel about the gangster Frank Costello.
The heavyweight champion was admirable in many ways, but he was no plaster saint, says his latest biographer, and we do our hero no favors by refusing to confront his flaws.
John J. Binder is an assiduous—and often contrarian—historian of the gang wars that plagued Chicago, and in a new book he sets the record straight on just who shot whom and why.
The Donald is a little like Nixon, a little like John Gotti, but more than anyone, he resembles the father of the modern Mafia, Lucky Luciano, another legend in his own mind.
Charley Burley was denied his shot at fame in segregated America, and ended up as a sanitation worker. But his dignity and character would end up inspiring one of the best plays about sports.
Honest Abe shared a bed with the same man for four years, but the times were different and so was the nature of the love shared between people of the same sex.
Reality shows have taught viewers that atrocious behavior is perfectly OK. So when Trump acts out on the campaign trail, it sells. The problem is, reality TV is fake.
Noted author, TV talk show habitue, Gore Vidal was first and last a cat who walked by himself. Biographer—and friend—Jay Parini talks about the difficulty of seeing Vidal plainly.
Can the brainy, discursive Nobel Prize-winning novelist find fans among attention-deficient millennials? And with which novel should they should they start?
The bratty young Letterman of the early ’80s seemingly has little in common with the genuinely honest, albeit ironic, Letterman of late. But there is a through-line narrative.