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: 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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When Cuba got a deserved reputation for running sucker games, dictator Fulgencio Batista called in Lansky and friends to clean up the action.

Kefauver won; McCarthy had to settle for Communists. Was Meyer Lansky just a family man, a first-rate business man, who was just a shadow figure in adn criminal underworld, avoiding violence as much as possible and preferring legality if given the choice?

Apr 02, Malcolm rated it liked it. Nov 29, James Nelson rated it really liked it. Meyer Lansky was that man. Feb 22, Erik Graff rated it really liked it Recommends it for: No trivia or quizzes yet. 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.


He was never connected by any law enforcement agency with murder or muscle. I read this book at least once lide year, and it’s still one of my favorites. Fans of dark conspiracies will be disappointed, then, to also learn in “Little Man: I had to quit reading this biography. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

Meyer Lansky has been heralded for the past 40 years as a criminal mastermind that organized the rackets into a corporate entity that was “bigger than US Steel. With the publication of his Great Tales Robert Lacey returns to his first love – history. 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 we shall never know.

Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life

Although involved in illegal enterprizes, mostly concerning gambling, throughout his life, and although expensively pursued by local and federal authorities through much of it, Meyer Lansky was rarely convicted of anything and, littlw his enormous reputation as a mob boss, died leaving only moderate wealth behind. According to Robert Lacey, that is the case.

Ironically it shows where he made his roots- preying on his fellow Jews in the most violent manner.

Very meeyr researched and I know from History channel Documentaries that Lacey spent allot of tie getting to know the Lansky family. Very good book This was an excellent biography of Meyer Lansky.


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LITTLE MAN by Robert Lacey | Kirkus Reviews

Jun 21, J. Lansky was heavily invested and stood to make millions. Jul 22, Anthony rated it really liked it Shelves: Lufe biggest problem with this book is that the author is extremely sympathetic to Lansky and writes his biography almost like a tribute to him. Seizure Led to FloJo’s Death. Mostly, he ran a smooth operation; the gambling was clean, the entertainment excellent, the food good.

Sep 03, Micky Livingston rated it really liked it. Much of the business was conducted locally, at times, neighborhood to neighborhood, block to block. Open Preview See a Problem?


Quotes from Little Man: He took his duties as kitchen manager very seriously indeed. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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