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Anthony M. DeStefano, a reporter who has covered organized crime for decades and the author of more than half a dozen books on the subject, has published his latest effort this summer. “Top Hoodlum” is the story of Frank Costello, who before his death in 1973 was one of America’s most powerful and influential Mafia bosses. DeStefano, a member of the Newsday team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for spot news, reveals details that include Costello’s secret interviews with federal investigators, his private meetings with J. Edgar Hoover, his partnership with Charles (Lucky) Luciano and how they brutally replaced Mafia old-timers, and how he survived an assassination attempt by Vincent (Chin) Gigante. Available on Amazon in hardcover or as a Kindle e-book.
Stephen B. Shepard, last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner, has just published “A Literary Journey to Jewish Identity.” As Shepard describes it, “The book is about the Jewish writers in post-war America — Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Bernard Malamud, Cynthia Ozick, etc. — and the impact they had on Jewish identity. It’s partly a memoir, partly literary criticism, and partly a reflection on Jewishness.” Available on Amazon in paperback or e-book.
David Margolick, in his new book, “The Promise and the Dream: The Untold Story of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy,” examines the relationship between two of the most iconic figures of the 1960s, men who were assassinated 62 days apart in 1968. Margolick, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and former legal affairs reporter at The New York Times, explores the unique bond and the complicated mix ranging from antagonism to admiration that existed between the two. Documented with original interviews, oral histories, FBI files, and previously untapped contemporaneous accounts, it’s available on Amazon as a Kindle book or in hardcover.
Theasa Tuohy, whose mother flew open-cockpit planes at a time few women did such things, is a veteran journalist, novelist and playwright who worked for five different newspapers and The AP. Now, she’s combined two lifelong pursuits — journalism and flying — to produce her latest novel, “Flying Jenny.” It’s set in 1929 and its two female protagonists are Jenny Flynn, a pioneering pilot, and Laura Bailey, a cub reporter trying to break the glass ceiling at a New York City newspaper. Available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback versions.
Here are the key dates for the 2019 season. All events, except those noted to be otherwise, fall on the third Wednesday of the month at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South. Further details will be announced as they become known.
Lunches: Noon to 2 p.m. Next lunch:
Wednesday, Sept. 18. Guest speaker: Gabriel Sherman.
Wednesday, Oct. 16. Lifetime Achievement Award to Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes.”
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