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Thr Los Angeles Times. The book details his youth as a precocious young gambler and his entry into bootlegging during Prohibition years. How do the less creative minds in the business survive to 30? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. During his lifetime, Meyer Lansky was the stuff of organized crime legend. What was intimidating in real life became the dream of escape when experienced in the weightless universe of fantasy.
Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life
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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. True to legend, he was a wizard with numbers, so good that he could recalculate baseball players’ batting averages in his head while watching a game. Even if he could interview the subject of the biography, would that interview yield anything beyond an individual’s tainted self image, or desire for remembrance?
May 09, Tom rated it liked it. What Gangater Lansky really knew was how gabgster run a casino or gaming house. Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life” that hardly any of this glittering, ominous hype is true, especially about Meyer Lansky.
Most of his legitimate investments failed. Navy with the then imprisoned Luciano to defend the East Coast from Nazi saboteurs znd u-boats to his relationship and involvement with Benny Siegel in “Bugsy’s” financial adventures and consequent assassination in Las Vegas.
He was never connected by any law enforcement agency with murder or muscle.
Most historians acknowledge that the Mafia almost certainly had serious dirt on J. The events of the stubject’s associates, and the surrounding world that interacts lanskky them can be difficult to interpret, and previously written reports necessitates reliance upon other writer’s skill and integrity in reporting.
Although it was the product of massive bribery of Cuban government officials and others, the hotel and casino were licensed and legal. Well researched and very well written, this is a biography of Meger Lansky ca. Be the first to discover new talent!
I started but did not want to read all of it- the writer and his subject, indeed most of the characters are thoroughly dislikeable. He quickly mastered the odds, which led him to the immediate realization that the games were rigged. Although involved in illegal enterprizes, mostly concerning gambling, throughout his life, and although expensively pursued by local and federal authorities through much of it, Meyer Lansky was rarely convicted of anything and, despite his enormous reputation as a mob boss, died leaving only moderate wealth behind.
He had a great faculty for numbers and became fascinated by the craps games he observed o During his lifetime, Meyer Lansky was the stuff of organized crime legend. The idea of a crime conglomerate, a syndicate, feeds our desire for romantic outlaws.
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Although involved in illegal enterprizes, mostly concerning gambling, throughout his life, and although expensively pursued by local and federal authorities gangater much of it, Meyer Lansky was rarely convicted of anything and, despite his tangster reputation as a mob boss, died lea Well researched and very well written, this is a biography of Meyer Lansky ca. I noticed some of the reviews on Amazon of this book called it a whitewash. I did finish it but my opinion has not changed.
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Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life by Robert Lacey
When you lose your character, you lose everything. He ran them honestly, believed in the power of the payoff when it came to the authorities and the strength of being a man of his word. He grasped the ironic truth: I bought two of Robert Laceys books and enjoyed it immensely.
Lansky, and researched his subject well without always drawing definite conclusions, but rather providing the ambience that would provide some sense of the subject but allowing the nebulousness of an individual’s existence. More important, he finally would have made the transition to landky businessman, a goal that was forever beyond his lengthy grasp.
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