Virtual Program: Writing the Mob: Russell Shorto
From New York to Los Angeles, and even Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the Mob’s tentacles reached into all corners of North America during the 20th century. Historians continue to explore this rich story to understand what really happened during the Mob’s American heyday. These virtual presentations will feature authors of recently published histories and memoirs.
Russell Shorto’s memoir reveals the story of his grandfather, a Mob boss in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, as well as the wider world of small-town organized crime, an intricate web that spanned midcentury America. This program will be available to watch online here, on Facebook Live and YouTube Live.
Don’t miss our other programs in the Writing the Mob: Chronicling Organized Crime in the 20th Century series:
April 15: J. Michael Niotta, PhD and Avi Bash, Los Angeles Underworld
May 5: Michael Cannell, A Brotherhood Betrayed: The Man Behind the Rise and Fall of Murder, Inc.
May 26: Nick Christophers, Mafia Ties: The Greek Syndicates
June 2: Marilyn Greenwald and Yun Li, Eunice Hunton Carter: A Lifelong Fight for Social Justice
June 22: Anthony M. DeStefano, The Deadly Don: Vito Genovese, Mafia Boss
Russell Shorto believes history is most meaningful when explored through individuals in conflict. Born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Shorto writes books of narrative history. His books have been published in fourteen languages and have won numerous awards. In 2009, he was given a knighthood by the Dutch government for advancing Dutch-American historical awareness. In 2018, he was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. Shorto is a senior scholar at the New Netherland Institute and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine.