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Tokyo Underworld: The Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan Hardcover – 1 Mar 1999

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon Books (1 Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679419764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679419761
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.2 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,398,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Excellent--. An irreverent, subversive and entertaining yarn that enlightens readers about important aspects of Japanese history and the shadowy world of power."--"The Japan Times"
"[Tokyo Underworld] is an entertaining book that is far more than an entertainment."--"Washington City Paper"

"Excellent--. An irreverent, subversive and entertaining yarn that enlightens readers about important aspects of Japanese history and the shadowy world of power."--The Japan Times

"[Tokyo Underworld] is an entertaining book that is far more than an entertainment."--Washington City Paper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Publisher's Weekly Review of Tokyo Underworld
Whiting's probe of Japan's gangsters, corrupt entrepreneurs and political fixers reads like a James Bond thriller yet manages intelligently to illuminate the underside of Japan's postwar economic boom. At the heart of his colorful tale is swaggering, thickset Nick Zappetti, a tough from East Harlem's Italian ghetto who arrived in U.S.-occupied Japan in 1945 as a 22-year old marine sergeant. Zappetti stayed on to become a black marketer, branched out into illegal banking, pimping and armed robbery, then launched a Tokyo pizza restaurant, Nicola's, which became a favorite night spot for mobsters, diplomats and movie stars. After decades of booze, debauchery, multiple marriages, gangland ties and lawsuits, he lost control of his restaruant chain to his former Japanese partner and to his Japanese fourth wife. Zappetti died in 1992, nearly bankrupt and consumed with hatred for the Japanese, whom he saw as arrogant swindlers, intent on taking over America. Whiting (You Gotta Have Wa) an American journalist who lives in Tokyo, sets Zappetti's rise and fall against juggernaut Japan's financial ascendancy over the U.S. and its current slide into economic malaise. In this critical, revealing look at half-century of U.S. Japan relations, he blames General MacArthur's occupational government--with its massive embezzlement, theft, fraud and black marketing--for creating the environment that allowed Japan's organized crime syndicates to join forces with its ruling political and business elite, aided by strategic financial aid from the CIA. Eight pages of b&w photos.

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