Secret Societies examines the early development of the Sicilian-American criminal network through the rise and fall of the first US Mafia boss of bosses, Giuseppe Morello, and his powerful brother-in-law Ignazio Lupo. It does so through research from primary sources, richly illuminating the period of the 1890s–1920s using photos, documents, contemporary typography and illustrations. From publisher Gang Rule:
Through a combination of period photographs, government records, news clippings, Secret Societies permits the reader to witness the important moments and trends in the development of Sicilian-American organized crime in the United States.
Designed by Jon Black, using Gotham and ChronicleText (both from Hoefler & Co) for headers. Body text is set in Ideal Sans, another Hoefler & Co. typeface family. Minion Caption is used for captions. The typography is enriched with source material typography on mug shots, newspaper headlines etcetera.