The two-time Oscar winner (for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Melvin and Howard”) was brilliant and childlike in the best sense.
Ronald K. Fried's fourth book, Frank Costello: A Novel, will be published in December.
“There was that sense of…I’m trying to avoid using the word inferiority in his case.”
The Tesla tycoon isn’t a raging antisemite, but otherwise, there’s industry-shattering innovation coupled with self-serving duplicity, hardheartedness, and a loathing for unions.
As Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece hits the half-century mark, it’s time we stared a little harder at the men the film celebrates. Because heroes they’re not.
The author talks to The Daily Beast about his latest novel, “Inside Story,” where fictional characters bump into the likes of Christopher Hitchens and Anna Wintour.
Greenwich Village was the Genovese family’s backyard, so of course the mob had a hand in every extra-legal enterprise, starting with bars that catered to gay patrons.
The heavyweight champion was admirable in many ways, but he was no plaster saint, says his latest biographer, and we do our hero no favors by refusing to confront his flaws.
John J. Binder is an assiduous—and often contrarian—historian of the gang wars that plagued Chicago, and in a new book he sets the record straight on just who shot whom and why.
The Donald is a little like Nixon, a little like John Gotti, but more than anyone, he resembles the father of the modern Mafia, Lucky Luciano, another legend in his own mind.
Charley Burley was denied his shot at fame in segregated America, and ended up as a sanitation worker. But his dignity and character would end up inspiring one of the best plays about sports.