: Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life (Audible Audio Edition): Robert Lacey, Ron Silver, Phoenix Books: Books. Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life. Robert Lacey, Author Little Brown and Company $ (p) ISBN More By and About. Meyer Lansky. When you heard the name, you shivered. He was the cold-eyed financial genius behind the omnipresent, omniscient Mob.
|Published (Last):||13 June 2012|
|PDF File Size:||16.49 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||20.56 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
My biggest problem with this book is that the author is tangster sympathetic to Lansky and writes his biography almost like a tribute to him.
A genius and one of the most powerful Americans of the last century. In the ‘s, as potential presidential contenders lined up to succeed Truman, two senators in particular needed boosts: And an runs gambling today? Well researched and very well written, this is a biography of Meyer Lansky ca. With the publication of his Great Tales Robert Lacey returns to his first love – history.
Gamblers knew that at Lansky’s casinos, the odds favored the house, vangster the games were fair. It also allowed the government lump gangsters msyer one common, all inclusive enemy. He had a great faculty for numbers and became fascinated by the craps games he observed o During his lifetime, Meyer Lansky was the stuff of organized crime legend.
LITTLE MAN by Robert Lacey | Kirkus Reviews
For that matter at times it almost reads like a tribute. He is the author of numerous international bestsellers. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
November 10, Garry Abrams Abrams is a Times staff writer. Meyer Lansky was that man. The Kingdom, a study of Saudi Arabia published inis similarly acknowledged as required reading for businessmen, diplomats and students all over the world.
I had to quit reading this biography. It must include the events in a persons life, but information from the early years preceding a person’s fame are not always easy to lifd or to understand its context.
Quotes from Little Man: In reality, he was an interesting figure but nowhere near the hype. While he was alive, it was said that Lansky could have been fabulously successful as a straight businessman.
Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life by Robert Lacey
There is nothing nice in the world of people like this, nothing. Mostly, he ran a smooth operation; the gambling was clean, the entertainment excellent, the food good.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The biography almost makes it sound like America’s criminalization of gambling is what made the gangstwr harmless diminutive in stature gangster a criminal. Sep 20, Kris rated it it was amazing. When called before the Kefvauver committee in a private moment he asked Kefauver, who liked to gamble, why he was so keen on persecuting gamblers. Kefauver replied “I just don’t want you people running it.
Lacey details his gambling career; collects as much as he can on Lansky’s bootleg career; and probably spends too much time on Lansky’s legal and family troubles late in life. I did not see a mention of the prostitution and porn “industry” that he helped spawn- if that is the correct word!
An excellent book on Lansky. maj
During his lifetime, Meyer Lansky was the stuff of organized crime legend. Sure, Lansky made a few bundles, primarily from gambling and taking a fee for computing complicated shareouts on gangland deals. Those looking for justice in the universe would be gratified by Lansky’s final years.
While it lasted, Lansky had a world-class establishment. Very well researched and I know from History channel Documentaries that Lacey spent th of tie getting to know the Lansky family. mryer
Pretty soon, these goodfellas, who for a time rivaled the Hte threat to the American Way, were going alnsky control just about everything, the press and ambitious reform politicians warned. Copyright Los Angeles Times. Edgar Hoover and many think Lansky was the one that had the pics to prove it if you know what I mean. I don’t read many “mafia” books. I am interested in all things Gangster! Lansky’s professional life topped out with the construction and opening of the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Havana just before Fidel Castro came to power.
He failed twice in ventures to set up legitimate businesses.
I started but did not want to read all of it- the writer and his subject, gangsetr most of the characters are thoroughly dislikeable. Published inMajesty remains ack Robert Lacey is a British historian noted for his original research, which gets him close to – and often living alongside – his subjects.
Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life
A fascinating insight into the USA and to how so much of the country was built by people like Lansky. Organized crime, with similar influence, needed criminal mastermind at its head.
Both were fighting for the right to investigate Organized Crime. This was read during my mafia stage.