Hollywood family saga
THE Deeds of My Father is the true story of the Pope family starting with Generoso Pope, the grandfather who arrives on American shores from Italy with little else than a determined spirit and a few pennies in his pocket and then builds up his monopolising construction company.
Newly arrived in 1906 with a commitment to learn English and a temporary job sweeping the dusty pavements, Pope Sr manages to land himself a job with a construction company. Through his determination and business acumen the Italian migrant ends up becoming the president of Colonial Sand & Stone, selling sand and cement to the city for the construction of some of New York’s most iconic buildings, such as Radio City Music Hall and Rockefeller Center.
Despite leaving his company in the hands of his youngest son Gene, his ambitious wife and two older sons oust Gene from the company. With only $5000 in his pocket to start up a new business, Pope Jr asks family friend Frank Costello, a notorious, organised crime figure, for help.
Pope Jr buys the ailing New York Enquirer and builds it up into The National Enquirer with a peak circulation of seven million.
The author pulls no punches when it comes to his ancestors, chronicling not only their successes but also their illegitimacies, failures and faults.