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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Vintage Books USA (20 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079F6HU6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,570,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tough Jews Tracing a generation of Jewish gangsters from the candy stores of Brownsville to the clubhouses of the Lower East Side, the author creates a densely anecdotal and gruesomely funny history of muscle, moxie, and money.

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By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Aug. 2012
This is an odd book. A mixture of Gangsta Tales, reminiscences of the old neighbourhood and the author's interest in his own toughness (he even supplies pictures of himself). The three themes jostle like Rude Boys on a pavement going in different directions. The stories of the kosher nostra are no different in type from gangsters from the East End or from Calabria. The other themes though are not really connected any more than coming from South London makes you a member of a Certain Well Known Drug Family. Here I feel a Philip Roth novel is trying to escape. It did not succeed any more than the author's manufactured rage at "rats", but it did make me think about how we assemble our own identity.

Good in parts.
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