An Insider’s Guide to the Mafia | How To Academy

Thu, 14 December 2023

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

An Insider’s Guide to the Mafia

Louis Ferrante In Conversation With Hannah MacInnes

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A new history of the American Mafia from a man who has seen it all from the inside – former mobster and internationally bestselling author Louis Ferrante.

How did a clandestine Sicilian criminal organisation come to exert its influence over nearly every level of US society?

Louis Ferrante led a heist crew for the Gambino crime family and served in America’s worst prisons, where he educated himself in law, science and history. Now he joins us to pull back the curtain on the world’s most infamous criminal fraternity.

From the potent political cauldron of nineteenth-century Sicily to American cities such as New Orleans, New York and the gangster’s paradise of Las Vegas, Ferrante will trace the political and economic forces that powered the mafia’s unstoppable rise – and deliver scoops and insights galore, from uncovering the origins of the word ‘mafia’ for the first time to revealing the truth about murders, rivalries, and more.

Don’t miss this insider’s guide to the most influential criminal network in America.

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Louis Ferrante

Internationally Bestselling Author and Mobster

Louis Ferrante led a professional heist crew within the Gambino crime family and served nearly a decade in America’s worst prisons after refusing to inform on his former associates. While in prison, he educated himself and studied law, science and history, ultimately becoming a writer. His last book, Mob Rules, was an international bestseller translated into twenty languages, and his Discovery Channel series, Inside the Gangsters’ Code, earned him a Grierson Award nomination for Presenter of the Year.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.