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The Luciano Story [Paperback]

Sid Feder

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22 Aug 1994
No gangster has ever been more powerful than Charles "Lucky" Luciano (1897--1962). By the mid-1920s, he had taken over the New York bordellos and was making more than a million dollars a year. In 1931 he engineered the murders of the two reigning New York crime bosses, Joe Masseria and Salvatore Maranzano, and quickly took over the entire New York crime racket. Now Luciano was the Boss of Bosses, the undisputed leader of the National Crime Syndicate which he had established, along with Meyer Lansky, Louis "Lepke" Buchalter, Joe Adonis, and Frank Costello, in the early 1930s. His fall came in 1936, when he was indicted on ninety counts of extortion and direction of harlotry. But in 1945 he was released in return for his cooperation with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He spent the rest of his life in Italy, where he ran the International Crime Syndicate, shipping millions of dollars worth of heroin into the U.S.The Luciano Story is the definitive biography of this legendary gangster, based on years of research and dozens of interviews with Luciano himself and among other firsthand accounts. First published in 1954 but long out of print, this book authenticated, for the first time, the far-reaching and sinister operations of the international crime syndicate, International, and its direction by the keenest criminal mastermind in American history.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A fairly good book 13 Mar 2000
By khurram - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book does provide the reader with a basic insight of Lucianos life.It has been well written but the facts seem to be a bit out of place.A few incidents seem to be exagerated by the author and the reader gets the feeling that its not a book but more like a story from the news paper. A good book for a reader who wants to have basic knowledge of Lucianos life but the book i would recommend for the true followers of Organized crime is the Luciano Testament.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fairly good book 13 Mar 2000
By khurram - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book does provide the reader with a basic insight of Lucianos life.It has been well written but the facts seem to be a bit out of place.A few incidents seem to be exagerated by the author and the reader gets the feeling that its not a book but more like a story from the news paper. A good book for a reader who wants to have basic knowledge of Lucianos life but the book i would recommend for the true followers of Organized crime is the Luciano Testament.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book 9 May 2014
By MARIE92 - Published on Amazon.com
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Great story line and the book was wonderful and I have learned much about Lucky and I would recommend this novel to a friend.
3.0 out of 5 stars "Lucky Luciano: SUB-ROSA" 20 July 2009
By Jim Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is a very quick read, and by no means a tome of information. Sometimes, it is nice to read a quick-flowing book as opposed to an exhaustive work. However, one can still learn from a novel like this: "Salvatore was careful not to get drawn into a real discussion or exchange of views... He remained non-committal until he had thoroughly cased the situation". Most people just talk, and talk...BUT the real guys allow you to continue speaking, so that you hang yourself with your own words.... They are the ones `taking the backseat' so they can watch everything unveil.

All the usual players are mentioned here: Arnold Rothstein, Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel, Frank Costello, Murder Inc. and much more... Having roots in East Harlem, I found it interesting to finally see a book with some mention of the 107th Street Mob, and the infamous `Murder Stable' on 125th street as well. If you weren't born in the East Harlem neighborhood, you would never believe there was a stable located there with all kind of animals: horses, chickens, etc. If you could deem that much to be true, then it is another stretch to imagine that anybody who entered the `Murder Stable' never came out alive.

Lucky above all things was `Sub-Rosa', acting below the radar at all times. This word is mentioned many times in the book. In the business of illegitimacy, you must be removed many times over to last as long as Luciano did in this `world of corruption'. In addition, I would say you need a little bit of Luck as well. He made it known that his name was not to be used in the street. Lucky was way ahead of his time. He was more situated in the shadows then everyone we read about in the newspapers today. I was once told, `Every generation loses a little something from the previous one' (that street-savy stemming from a unique education). When you add the fact that police authorities are much more sophisticated today, the result is a `recipe for disaster'. If you're looking to live the life of a street hoodlum in today's society; the odds are stacked against you. The `glory days' mentioned in this book are long gone, and they will never be seen again...

One downfall to this publication is that you get the feeling of uncertainty with specific issues that arise in Lucky's life. Towards the end of the book especially, it assumes that Lucky had his hand in every major conspiracy around the globe. I think if the authors were able to tighten up the latter part of the book (after Lucky gets deported); the novel would have been a much better read. I would not consider this to be the definitive biography of Lucky Luciano. I don't know if one has been released yet. I guess we will have to wait for bigger and better to come...
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Book does not flow 12 Nov 2002
By "jasbadh" - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a great introduction, but nothing more. The book has no continuous flow to it. It is not well written, but does contain some useful information into the power that Luciano held
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