Corleone, Sicily, 1889…
The First Family is Mike Dash’s outstanding new history of the birth of the American Mafia. Gripping, vivid, fast-paced, and yet painstakingly researched, the book follows Giuseppe Morello, the United States' first boss of bosses, from his Sicilian birthplace to New York as he and his murderous family scrabble their way from the Italian slums to control of organised crime throughout the country. Ranged against the ruthless Morello family are the police and Secret Service agents who have sworn to stop them. Who lives? Who dies? Click here to find out more.
"A first-rate book, written in lively, lucid prose, with a strong narrative line and a wealth of anecdote, much of it gory… seems likely
to be the definitive work on its subject for years to come."
New York 1912…
Murder, Vice, Police Corruption and New York’s Trial of the Century
"Outshadows any noir master’s contrivance. Dash’s depiction brings a fantastic backdrop and Charley Becker’s fall from grace into ripping yarn focus. A tour de force of scholarship and entertaining storytelling."
The True Story of India's Murderous Cult
"Excellently written and well-researched… For those interested in the wilder shores of human experience, Thug is an invaluable guide."
Peter Ackroyd in The Times
The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History’s Bloodiest Mutiny
"From a Stevenson or a Golding, this would be a thrilling yarn; this time it’s true, and it freezes the blood."
The Story of the World’s Most Coveted Flower and the Extraordinary Passions It Aroused
"A fascinating exploration of human greed and self-delusion – and also a tribute to our ageless search for beauty. A compulsive read."
Deborah Moggach in The Literary Review
Publishing in 2013, Spring–heeled Jack: Sources and Interpretation will be the first detailed, fully–referenced study of perhaps the strangest and most enduring of contemporary legends. Spring–heeled Jack — a leaping, fire–breathing bogeyman who terrorised Victorian Britain — emerged from a welter of wild rumour in January 1838 and has never quite gone away. This new study, edited by Mike Dash with contributions from an international line-up of scholars, is firmly based on a comprehensive survey of in excess of 200,000 words of primary source material. It includes brand–new research examining how the Spring–heeled Jack legend originated in the years 1804–1837 and how and why the nineteenth century media reported the story. The book discusses Jack’s impact on the popular culture of the Victorian era, and analyses the spread of his legend around the world, from pre-revolutionary Russia to modern Somalia via Newfoundland, New Zealand and Argentina.
Details of how to order the book will appear here closer to the publication date. Hardcover. Approximately 700 pages, 425,000 words. Price £19.99.