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Little Man: The Gangster Life of Meyer Lansky Hardcover – 24 Oct 1991

4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown US (24 Oct. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316511684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316511681
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 16.5 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the best book I have read on the history of illegal gambling in the US. I finished up feeling quite sorry for Meyer Lansky. There he was sitting pretty having legally set up his goldmine Casino in Havana only to have this seized and confiscated by Castro when he took over Cuba in 1959. What a survivor, from his involvement with bootleggers in the 1920's, illegal casinos after prohibition ended in 1933 and then investing in Las Vegas. He died in his bed in Florida in the 1980's - a jew who knew how to handle the mafia. Kefauver labelled him a ringleader of the East Coast mob and yet he wasn't even italian. Had he concentrated on financing casinos in Vegas where gambling was and is a legal activity he would not have died in relative poverty, leaving his spastic son to be cared for by welfare. The many press and police photos published in the book perfectly enhance the text. The book is not available on Kindle and this is probably the reason as Kindle could not do justice to the photos
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One of the few gangsters to die in his bed, Lansky was so unlike the flashy hoodlums and yet ultimately one of the most ruthless and effective. He was also a caring parent, and in my view ahead of the age in his acceptance and support of his disabled son. Ever wonder who Hymen Roth was based on?
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Brilliant book, I've read and watched so many gangster/mafia books and films I thought I knew it all. But the epic overreaching scale of this book is incredible. 80 years of Lanskys life. Came from nothing ended up with nothing.
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Very informative
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