Same Old: Secret Societies

A new release from our friends at Same Old, Jon Black and Tom Hunt's sprawling history of the origin of the American Mafia through the rise and fall of the first boss of bosses Giuseppe Morello and his powerful brother-in-law Ignazio Lupo. No skateboarding but it comes out of the Same Old stable so it automatically earns its place on the shelves of Palomino. 

If you have had the pleasure of any of the previous releases from Same Old you will know what to expect from this book, a dizzying collection of photography, documents, letters, newspaper articles and more from the 1890s to the 1920s. the book begins the Italian Black Hand Gangs that terrorised the Italian immigrant communities of NYC, Chicago, and further afield and its links to organised crime. It also covers the story of the “Barrel Murder” in which Giuseppe Morello was arrested following a brutal murder in the heart of New York’s “Little Italy”, and the tragic story of NYPD officer Joseph Petrosino who became a pioneer in the fight against black handers and Mafiosi alike. In 1909, while on a secret mission, Petrosino became the only NYPD officer to be killed while on foreign soil after he was assassinated in Palermo.

First edition of 1000 copies, 184 pages, 210mm x 297mm exposed smyth sewn binding.

Yes, there's no skateboarding anywhere near this, but if the mates at Same Old are putting their name to this then that's good enough for Palomino. A thoroughly enjoyable book, you almost won't know where to start!!


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