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Small Town: The Story of My Family and the Mob By Russell Shorto


March 25, 2021

As I travel, I often listen to NPR on my car radio. One of my favorite programs, Fresh Air, commonly does interviews with a variety of interesting people, including many authors. This program caught my attention because the author being interviewed grew up in nearby Johnstown, during the same period I was coming of age here in Blair County.

Russell Shorto, a best-selling writer of historical narrative, such as The Island at the Center of the World and Amsterdam, was approached by a family member, Frankie Fila, who encouraged Russell to write a book about his grandfather and namesake, Ru...

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