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.
Ronald K. Fried's fourth book, Frank Costello: A Novel, will be published in December.
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.
Honest Abe shared a bed with the same man for four years, but the times were different and so was the nature of the love shared between people of the same sex.
Reality shows have taught viewers that atrocious behavior is perfectly OK. So when Trump acts out on the campaign trail, it sells. The problem is, reality TV is fake.
Noted author, TV talk show habitue, Gore Vidal was first and last a cat who walked by himself. Biographer—and friend—Jay Parini talks about the difficulty of seeing Vidal plainly.