: 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.
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He lanksy also, by the standards of his peers, an intellectual. Lansky, and researched his subject well without always drawing definite conclusions, but rather providing the ambience that would provide some sense of the subject but allowing the nebulousness of an individual’s existence. Interesting and well written biography of Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky. There is nothing nice in the world of people like this, nothing.
Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life by Robert Lacey
Those looking for justice in the tue would be gratified by Lansky’s final years. But as a social snapshot of how a scumbag would like to be seen it is interesting. How do the less creative minds in the business survive to 30?
He spent the rest of his life trying to scratch gangzter a living from skimming Las Vegas casinos and other small schemes. This shouldn’t be surprising considering Laceys main primary source for this book was Lanskys son. He was able to win regularly as long as he didn’t get greedy and didn’t call any attention to what he was doing. This was an excellent biography of Meyer Lansky’s life, some of the good, some of the bad, some of the triumphs, and some of the sad disappointments, but like every individual’s Rosebud, there are things thr shall never know.
Lacey clearly argues that Lansky was poor and in retirement by the time he left the country to avoid legal proceedings. And who runs gambling today? Understanding mna individuals meaning, to themselves, to others, their emotions, desires, their achievements and disappointments is most difficult. He ran them honestly, believed in the power of the payoff when it came to the authorities and the strength of being a man of his word.
LITTLE MAN by Robert Lacey | Kirkus Reviews
I’d like to find another book on the infamous Meyer Lansky and see if Robert Lacey forgot to include a few chapters in his book! Kefauver replied “I just don’t want you people running it. He observed something else while watching the craps games: Although involved in illegal enterprizes, mostly concerning gambling, throughout his lofe, and although expensively pursued by local and federal authorities through much of it, Meyer Lansky was rarely convicted of anything and, despite his enormous reputation as a mob boss, died lea Well researched and very well written, this is a biography of Meyer Lansky ca.
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. My biggest problem with this book is that the author is extremely sympathetic to Lansky and writes his biography almost like a tribute to him.
View all 3 comments. Most historians acknowledge thhe the Mafia almost certainly had serious dirt on J. Lansky, too, became famed for his head for figures, as well as for his lack of greed and his honesty in sharing.
As Lacey notes, the only way to run an honest casino in the Western Hemisphere was to call in the hoods. Jun 05, Christine Lamoreaux rated it did not like it. Though the government stated he was worth million dollars, he died flat broke, moving from country to country to avoid American Justice. What Meyer Lansky really knew was how to run a casino or gaming house. His scores make his case. Was Meyer Lamsky just a family man, a first-rate business man, who was just a shadow figure in the criminal underworld, avoiding violence as much as possible and preferring legality if given the choice?
Lacey is a good story-teller though and seems to research thoroughly, mdyer I will try out more of his non-fiction. As an adult, Lansky’s specialty was running gambling casinos, legal or otherwise.
Return to Book Page. For decades, the mention of Lansky inspired visions of thick stacks of cancerous cash eating away at the ethics of judges, cops, politicians, businessmen and union leaders.
A quite comprehensive biography well-balanced in gangwter treatment of a complicated character. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
I highly recommend it to anyone who likes mafia Doc’s. I started but did not want to read all of it- the writer and his subject, indeed most of the characters are It is of interest to read the book now, ina few years after the death of the scumbag.
Jan 25, Jillian Fischer rated it really liked it. Robert Lacey describes this apogee in his entertaining and fascinating portrait of Lansky and his world: Kefauver won; McCarthy meyeer to settle for Communists. Copyright Los Angeles Times.
Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This was a very good book for those who love Mafia based stories. Edgar Hoover and many think Lansky was the one that had the pics to prove it if you know what I mean.
He ran them honestly, believed in the power of the payoff when fangster came to the authorities and the strength gwngster being a m I thoroughly enjoyed this.
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