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Legs Diamond [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Downey
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Through a combination of brains, cunning and daring Legs Diamond became one of the top gangsters in the East, but because of his stubbornness, treachery and poor decision making he lost it all; his friends, his money and finally his life. Legs Diamond is the most comprehensive biography yet written on New York’s most famous Prohibition era gangster. The book covers Legs’ youth in Philadelphia, his ascension through the New York underworld, which resulted in his becoming an international celebrity, and his inevitable demise in a cheap rooming house. Along the way, the many myths and untruths that have been written about Diamond over the years are corrected. Detailed in the book are: - Full accounts of all four attempts on his life. - The war between Diamond and his one time protégé Dutch Schultz, which resulted in the almost assassination of Legs’ brother Eddie. -The famous Hotsy-Totsy murder case. - Diamond’s ill-fated trip to Europe to purchase drugs. -His bid to monopolize bootlegging in New York’s Greene County. -The death of his brother Eddie. -New information on Vincent “Mad Dog” Coll and his possible partnership with Diamond. -Jack’s final night. -The origin of the nick name Legs. -His relationship with Ziegfeld showgirl Kiki Roberts And much more.

About the Author

Patrick Downey has spent countless hours researching guys that wore suits and hats and carried machineguns. His other books include Gangster City: The History of the New York Underworld 1900-1935 and Bad Seeds in the Big Apple: Bandits, Killers & Chaos in New York City 1920-1940.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1109 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461088143
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007CKPE8O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #250,805 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book 14 May 2014
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i thought this book was great because there isnt much info on jack legs diamond and i thought patrick downey did a magnificent job at giving this to the reader also there is very good pictures in the book and any fan of the prohibition era gangster as i am will love this book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 24 April 2014
By ian
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Pretty interesting and quite well written account of the life of legs diamond, if 1920s/30s gangsters are of interest buy this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seen the film now reading the correct details 2 Aug 2013
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Saw the film years ago but thought I would get a better Idea of Legs Diamond, if you are interested in this stuff then get this book, I am only onto the second chapter and it is great stuff, seems well researched and straight forward information no fancy tarting up down to the point.
He was quite a character probably someone you may have liked to have known, if you lived at that time of course, anyhow just get the book and have a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Saint Michael 7 Mar 2012
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If you feel the "alure" of the Depression era Gangster/Outlaw, a book about "Legs" is a must! The Author manages to capture the rise and fall of John Diamond in a particulary pleasing and always interesting way. You will read of a man who associated with many of New York's infamous "Bad guys", and how readily many of them became his enemy. Is he deserving of the "reverance" of criminals such has Capone,Luciano,Moran etc? Well you can make up your own mind. One thing is for sure about "Legs", he sure took some "putting away", the man was shot, and survived several times till he met up with his maker! A Very fine read, well meriting it's 4 star rating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 1 Aug 2014
By Sharon
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I really enjoyed this book (Kindle.) It's one of them books, where I was gutted when I finished it. The sign of a good read, and this certainly is. Deffo recommend it.
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