September 14: “Last Don Standing” – a Wiseguy Speaker Series and book signing
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. September 15 book signing only
Wiseguy Speaker Series & Book Signing with Larry McShane, author of Last Don Standing
In his new book, Last Don Standing, New York Daily News reporter Larry McShane chronicles the deadly reign of Ralph Natale, the last great Mob boss of Philadelphia and the first Mob boss to turn state’s evidence. Written with the full cooperation of Natale, it’s a tale that covers more than half a century of Mob lore and provides a number of stunning, insider revelations about some of the most seminal events in Mob history, including Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance, the murder of Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and the Mob’s influence in Atlantic City.
McShane’s presentation will take a deep dive into the workings of the Philadelphia Mob during Natale’s era, providing an informative complement to a book that is a must-read for Mob history enthusiasts.
During his author talk, McShane will:
- Read excerpts from Natale’s handwritten prison diary about life in the Mob.
- Share details on the murder of Angelo Bruno.
- Relate Natale’s story about how the Mob fixed the Ali-Liston fight.
- Talk about Natale’s relationship with Jimmy Hoffa.
- Discuss Natale’s take on the Mafia and drug dealing.
- Provide an overview of the Philadelphia Mob today.
Also on September 15, 2017, McShane will sign copies of two of his books, Last Don Standing and Chin, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Larry McShane is a native New Yorker and a longtime chronicler of the city’s news scene. The 37-year veteran city reporter worked with The Associated Press as a national writer and in the Baltimore and New York City bureaus, covering an assortment of topics from organized crime to Howard Stern and 9/11 to nine Olympics. He currently works for the New York Daily News. The award-winning Seton Hall University graduate was a two-time AP New York State Staffer of the Year and was honored by the Society of the Silurians for feature writing and the Deadline Club for breaking news. He is the author of three books: Cops Under Fire, Chin: The Life and Crimes of Mafia Boss Vincent Gigante and Last Don Standing: The Secret life of Mob Boss Ralph Natale.