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King of the Jews: The Arnold Rothstein Story Paperback – 24 Apr 2008

2.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (24 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141005335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141005331
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 631,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nick Tosches lives in New York City and is the author of Dino, Night Train, King of the Jews and several other biographies as well as two novels. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair, of which he is a contributing editor.


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Format: Paperback
Whatever this book is, it's certainly not the "Arnold Rothstein Story", which is what I was looking for, after becoming interested in Rothstein's character as portrayed on TV's Boardwalk Empire. The book is a rambling mish-mash of stream of consciouness musings on Jewish history, religion and the immigrant's American dream - and if you like that sort of thing, then fair enough. For Rothstein look elsewhere.
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I was thrilled to see this book. Rothstein, despite being considered the Founding Father of Organised Crime, has only two biographies devoted to him - the 60 year old (but still excellent) "The Big Bankroll" by Leo Katcher and Jack Pietruszka's "Rothstein" from 2005. Another biog for this character was a welcome addition to my collection...until I started to read it.
Sadly it has little to do with Arnold Rothstein and reads unlike any biography I have ever read before.
Rambling, self indulgent nonsense. At one point a sketch of pseudo-religious symbols.
Almost like the author had stayed awake for 5 nights using amphetamines, pouring the contents of his sleep deprived mind onto notebook after notebook.

After my initial confusion died down I felt anger at Rothsteins name being used to fool people into buying total rubbish.
Worthless.
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Not at all what the blurb on the back would lead me to expect, but nonetheless enjoyable.
A rambling wander through Jewish History, late 19th and 20th Century America stopping to point out historians' chronic lack of fact-checking and whatever else fell into the author's stream of consciousness. The life and death of Arnold Rothstein is really just a scaffold used to support the meat of the book. Nick Tosches seems to conclude that being too distant in history and the facts so muddied by previous biographies, AR is basically unknowable, anyway. If you've read Katcher, Charles Rivers Editors and Pietrusza this is a good companion to at least remind us to take historical biographies with a big pinch of salt. If nothing else, I enjoyed the atmospheric look at turn of the century New York, compared to modern America.
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To be honest very disappointing. Like the other reviewers, l agree that to call this book a biography is pretty misleading and l think a missed opportunity to write the story of a very interesting person.
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