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#1702: Russell Shorto "Smalltime" | The Book Show

This week, best-selling author Russell Shorto never thought to write about his own past. He grew up knowing his grandfather and namesake was a small-town mob boss but maintained an unspoken family vow of silence. Then an elderly relative prodded: “You’re a writer―what are you gonna do about the story?” The result is Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob.

Photo courtesy of Russell Shorto/ W.W. Norton.