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He is the author of numerous international bestsellers. He grasped the ironic truth: The little Jew going to shul in his skullcap was not an object of respect. He ran them honestly, believed in the power of the payoff when it came to the authorities and the strength of being a m I thoroughly enjoyed this.

If he was that clever, no one would have heard of him. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

In the 60s and 7os he began to painted as a criminal mastermind. Lansky was heavily invested and stood to make millions. Lacey details his gambling career; collects as much as he can on Lansky’s bootleg career; and probably spends too much time on Lansky’s legal and family troubles late in life.

The little Jew who beat up Nazis was.

Maybe I will be able to pick it up at a later time but I truly doubt it. Jun 05, Christine Lamoreaux rated it did not like it. I lifd interested in all things Gangster! When you heard the name, you shivered. Jun 21, J.


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Kefauver won; McCarthy had to settle for Communists. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. As Lacey notes, the only way to run an honest casino in the Western Hemisphere was to call in the hoods. Most historians acknowledge that the Mafia almost certainly had serious dirt on J.

There is nothing nice in the world of people like this, nothing. A real page-turner that dispels a lot of commonly held myths about Lansky’s wealth and power, and myths about organized crime in general. He co- authored The Year – An Englishman’s World, a description of life at the turn of the last millennium. Lacey is a good story-teller though and seems to research thoroughly, so I will try out more of his non-fiction.

A fascinating insight into the USA and to how so much of the country was built by people like Lansky.


Apr 02, Malcolm rated it liked it. With the publication of his Great Tales Robert Lacey returns to his first love – history. He started life as a poor, Jewish kid who emigrated to New York from Russia with his family.

May 09, Tom rated it liked it. I started but did not want to read all of it- the writer and his subject, indeed most of the characters are It is of interest to read the book now, ina few years after the death of the scumbag. To have a long and successful criminal career, you have to be honest. The idea of a crime conglomerate, a syndicate, feeds our desire for romantic outlaws.


I thoroughly enjoyed this. After breaking into full-time gangsterism as a Manhattan bootlegger during Prohibition, Lansky established himself with enterprises in Saratoga, Miami, Las Vegas and Havana. Sep 03, Micky Livingston rated it really liked it. Navy with the then imprisoned Luciano to defend the East Coast from Nazi saboteurs and u-boats to his relationship and involvement with Benny Siegel in “Bugsy’s” financial adventures and meyeer assassination in Las Vegas.

The biography almost makes it sound like America’s criminalization of gambling is what made the virtually harmless diminutive in stature gangster a criminal. In the ‘s, as potential presidential contenders lined lanskyy to succeed Truman, two senators in gangstre needed boosts: I noticed some of the reviews on Amazon of this book called it a whitewash.

There was a problem adding your email address. Laneky Lansky and the Gangster Life” that hardly any of this glittering, ominous hype is true, especially about Meyer Lansky. While it lasted, Lansky had a world-class establishment. Those were lessons he remembered all his life. But they played anyway.