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