The Deeds of My Fathers: How My Grandfather and Father Built New York and Created the Tabloid World of Today-- Generoso Pope, Sr., Power Broker of New York & Gene Pope, Jr., Publisher of the National Enquirer
The Deeds of My Fathers is the riveting true story of a father and a son who each started with nothing and built an empire. Generoso Pope, Sr., an Italian immigrant, arrived in New York in 1906 with just pennies. He got a job shoveling sand but eventually worked his way up to become the biggest provider of cement, just as it was becoming the key building material for New York, vital to landmarks such as Rockerfeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. Gene Pope, Jr. was his fathers choice to inherit the business but was forced out by family. Penniless, he secured a loan from his godfather, mobster Frank Costello, and bought a newspaper he named the National Enquirer, soon becoming a powerful media force and peaking with the seven million copies sold of the expos on the death of Elvis.