The Deeds of My Fathers

Paul David Pope tells the story of his grandfather Generoso, an  immigrant who rose from laborer to New York construction titan and who also wielded political influence as  publisher of the Italian-language newspaper Il Progresso, and his father Gene, who created a tabloid empire with the National Enquirer. Briskly told, it’s filled with larger-than-iife characters from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Frank Costello—think Horatio Alger meets The Godfather meets Gawker.