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Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life by Robert Lacey
A genius and one of the most powerful Americans of the last century. I read this book at least once a year, and it’s still one of my favorites. The ending was abrupt and horrible. View all 3 comments. Jan 25, Jillian Fischer rated it really liked it. Clearly, honesty was for chumps. But that wasn’t true. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes mafia Doc’s.
Robert Lacey describes this apogee in his entertaining and fascinating portrait of Lansky and his world: The only violent incidents mentioned were streetfights growing up and Lansky allegedly going with a group of hoodlums and breaking up a “Nazi” they were actually pre-WW2 German-American nationalists meeting.
But the Cuban revolution happened, the hotel and casino were seized by the government, and Lansky lost his stake. The little Jew who beat up Nazis was.
Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life
According to Robert Lacey, that is the case. In an era when gangsters were both glorified and feared, Lansky was the most sinister and elusive of that generally flamboyant crowd.
Jan 03, Tommy rated it liked it. 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.
I don’t read many “mafia” books. Fans of dark conspiracies will be disappointed, then, to also learn in “Little Man: This vast amount, worth billions in today’s dollars, seemed to epitomize his most famous quote: In the 60s and 7os he began to painted as a criminal mastermind.
Kefauver won; McCarthy had to settle for Communists. Well documented and well researched. Not the subject I admire Lansky but Lacey’s prose is flat 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. I did finish it but my opinion has not changed.
LITTLE MAN by Robert Lacey | Kirkus Reviews
It was excruciating and left me saddened. Kind of makes you think.
As an old, sick man, he was denied residence in Israel; he was hounded by the FBI; the INS tried to deport him; his three children were hellishly dysfunctional; and he died broke.
The idea of a crime conglomerate, a syndicate, feeds our desire for romantic outlaws. Want to Read annd.
A Lansky investment in oil wells did pay off for a while, but after his death inthe value of the investment ganbster south, wiping out the rather paltry estate he had left behind. With the publication of his Great Tales Robert Lacey returns to his first love – history. Dec 22, D.
Copyright Los Angeles Times. He watched the scams closely and was able to meyet when the games’ operators were going to allow a sucker to win.