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4.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a time in America there was this gangster...
Lucky Luciano, along with Meyer Lansky changed the face of organised crime, and to this day they are still considered the Godfathers of the American Mafia. His life, as outlined in the book delivers a unique perspective from a Don that shaped and changed a nation through sheer violence and strong-arm tactics leaving a legacy of an organisation that still exists today in...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Last testament
This book was a good insight into Lucianos life and illegitimate career, giving a good amount of knowledge on how he became so powerful and after wards. However, Luciano says various things that may contradict what has been said about him by many over the years and so the reader really does have to decide for themselves. For example, Luciano consistently states he had...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a time in America there was this gangster..., 11 July 2013
This review is from: The Last Testament of Lucky Luciano (Paperback)
Lucky Luciano, along with Meyer Lansky changed the face of organised crime, and to this day they are still considered the Godfathers of the American Mafia. His life, as outlined in the book delivers a unique perspective from a Don that shaped and changed a nation through sheer violence and strong-arm tactics leaving a legacy of an organisation that still exists today in some form or another. Some believe this book to be a fake, I for one wouldn't doubt that much of it may be, I mean Luciano would have ordered the execution of anyone who talked to the authorities or journalists, however, he this is still an interesting read due to the fact that Luciano's words were recorded, and even if they were done for the benefit of a film, where no doubt he wouldn't want to come across as some monster, the feel of the book in my view is rather `warm'.

I would recommend that anyone with any interest in organised crime, and specifically the American Mafia read this mesmerising although as some might say inaccurate book. Myself, I don't feel that it tells the entire truth, and in parts it doesn't delve too deep into some of the key aspects of Luciano's life, e.g. him and his leadership of the Five Points gang (which included some notable fella's such as Al Capone and Frank Costello and an array of future gangsters that the world still remembers). This was probably the most important and influential street gang in history, yet very little is written about this which was disappointing, however, the way in which Luciano speaks offers a gritty and almost comical take on his past, but then again it may be the author's that provide us with that `feel'.

British books and their attempts by `hard men' `men of respect' `chaps' `faces' etc are simply not in the same league, we are talking about a REAL gangster here, not a `Geezer that can have it' so I would urge anyone who wants to understand more and listen to the man that started it all, as a global enterprise, to read this book. Its simply a tremendous read, even if flawed as some have commented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars if you like crime books this is one of the better ones., 23 Aug. 2013
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It's not often you get an autobiography from somebody so infamous with so many secrets to hide. This is better than reading other people's interpretation of his story as its the way he wanted his story told. It's surprisingly emotional as well as a good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Last testament, 19 Jan. 2015
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This book was a good insight into Lucianos life and illegitimate career, giving a good amount of knowledge on how he became so powerful and after wards. However, Luciano says various things that may contradict what has been said about him by many over the years and so the reader really does have to decide for themselves. For example, Luciano consistently states he had nothing to do with narcotics, despite being infamous for this accusation. Ultimately, the book was a simple but interesting read but does need to be taken with a pinch of salt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 25 Oct. 2013
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I loved this book so much I read it a second time. Like all gangster books I'm sure it reads from the gangsters point of view but Luciano seemed like he was a decent individual in his private life, and helped out the local community but was that just to gain their sympathy and protection from the law? Read it you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real interesting read, 10 Dec. 2014
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I honestly couldn't put this book down. So interesting and gripping and probably the only real glimpse we will get into the real times of the beginning of the mafia. I must admit when it came to death I was more then a little sad.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars a clever man, 17 Dec. 2014
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an absolutely tremendous true story I felt as though I was there what a marvellous insight to his life!!!
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