Meyer Lansky's death in America in 1983 was front-page news. He was regarded as the Mafia's banker, and credited with having a personal fortune of $300 million and as claiming, "We're bigger than US Steel". Yet he died at liberty, and within months his crippled son was living on welfare. In this book about organized crime, the author of "Majesty" ...Read MoreMeyer Lansky's death in America in 1983 was front-page news. He was regarded as the Mafia's banker, and credited with having a personal fortune of $300 million and as claiming, "We're bigger than US Steel". Yet he died at liberty, and within months his crippled son was living on welfare. In this book about organized crime, the author of "Majesty" and "The Kingdom" attempts to disentangle Lansky's extraordinary life.Read Less
gives a new ( different ) perspective to what I thought I knew about the real Meter Lansky.
raises a lot ofr questions. interesting stuff
Feb 25, 2010
This was a fascinating story. I couldn't help but to keep thinking, why did a man who was smart, had a calculator for a mind, like to read, and who LOVED school -- go into a life of crime instead of college? With his brain, he could have gotten some kind of scholarship. Not everyone should be in college, but he certainly should have. With a degree he could have had a very imortant position in a legitimate job with a high-paying salary. Instead, he ended up with not much of anything, let alone all the misery he brought unto himself and his family because of his line of work.
Dec 18, 2008
little man,big book
robert lacey is a great writer and in 'little man' he shows why.the tale of Lansky is one that grabs your interest from page 1, and keeps it right up to the last page,with a real taste of the the ganster life and the period it was at it's peak,they say truth is stranger than fiction and this shows just that, amazing how these guys operated,i was sorry when i finished the book ,wished there was a few more chapters it was so enjoyable,the sign of a great read, this is a classic and will be enjoyed by anyone who likes great characters and amazing events,
Publishers Weekly, 1991-08-16 This biography of the notorious hoodlum by the author of The Kingdom succeeds in deglamorizing a gangland figure around whom all sorts of mythology was created, both during his lifetime and after. A product of the ghetto on Manhattan's Lower East Side, Lansky (1902?-1983) spent his adolescence developing the conviction that, if there were an honest and a dishonest way of achieving a goal, the dishonest way was preferable. Like many members of organized crime in his era, he became a specialist, working with casinos. He was rigidly honest about not cheating the public and paying his partners their due. His family life was a horror: Lansky's first wife became semi-psychotic and their three children had miserable lives; his second marriage was somewhat better. The media-generated image of a financial eminence grise worth hundreds of millions of dollars, the gangland chairman of the board, was largely fictional. A major contribution to the history of organized crime in the U.S. Photos not seen by PW. (Oct.)
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