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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books; First Edition edition (May 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602861889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602861886
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Being Oscar

"Former Las Vegas mayor Goodman delivers a fast-paced, entertaining account of his over-the-top life." -- Publishers Weekly

"'Being Oscar' is a fun read and sensational from first page to last." -- Las Vegas Review-Journal
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Oscar Goodman, the former mayor of Las Vegas, is now the official spokesperson for the city, a director emeritus of The Mob Museum, and the namesake for the restaurant “Oscar’s Beef, Booze & Broads.” His wife is the current mayor of Las Vegas, serving until 2016.

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Entertaining, interesting and a really good read.
K. P. Oade
As Mayor, Goodman's film license grant policy was to only grant licenses to those filming in Las Vegas who included a role in the film for him.
Leon L Czikowsky
His wife sound like she's to good to be true .,Now I don't know how many lawyers wife's are going to let them hang out with showgirls.
mokenavince

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Alan Hart, Ph.D. on May 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Only in ABeing Oscar: From Mob Lawyer to Mayor of Las Vegasmerica can a person live the lives that Oscar Goodman has lived. You get to know the real man in this well crafted description of his multitalented set of roles including loyal friend; skilled legal mind; celebrity;politician and master of many more in a world ofbloodand guts and complex constitutional issues. The reader follows the amazing mix of skills from Philadelphia to Las Vegas. Admired and respected by ruthless individuals to heayweight
Champs. Oscar Goodman is the Kingof Chutzpah. A clever individual both feared and admired by his adversaries and friends alike. He is truly a Good Man. The reader has a clearer understanding of Goodmans accomplishments after some of the up closeand personals so vividly exp;ained. There will neverbe another quite like Oscar in Las Vegas or anywhere else in this world. This is a must read for historical and human interests. It brings back the good old days in Goodmans relationships with the good guys and the bad guys.

Alan Hart, Ph.D.

Coordinator of Criminal Justice , Burlington County College, New Jersey
Former Federal Enforcement Agent and Private Investigator
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D.C. Austin on June 15, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
`Being Oscar' is not just a great read, it is a must read.
Someone once said that history is a great teacher. But often a historical perspective or interpretation of what actually happened at some point in time is considerably off the mark and reality tends to get distorted. But when history is told by an author who was actually there, not to mention who had also played a role in creating and influencing that history, then reality and that historical perspective become one in the same.
Fresh out of law school a young lawyer, greatly influenced by his father who was also a successful lawyer, leaves the structured life of Philadelphia and brazenly heads to the frontier of the southwest to begin his law practice.
Studying for the bar while clerking in the Las Vegas court system, this exceptional individual ends up getting the number one score on the Nevada State bar exam and immediately begins to make history.
This young strong willed hard line lawyer is different. Enthusiastically believing in the law, the constitution and that no matter what an individual does for a living that that individual has the legal right under the constitution to be protected by the law through due process, this full of life lawyer opens up a criminal law practice in none other than Las Vegas Nevada.
Assigned a criminal case by the courts this dynamic lawyer soon learns that some of the biggest offenders of the law actually work for the government.
With an extraordinary intellect and an ego to match this young lawyer blessed with a supportive wife, who is no less than a saint in her own right, sets out to carve out an influential place in history in a city that they both come to love.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Vegas Fan on May 27, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Oscar Goodman has had an extraordinary life journey, spanning early years as a defense attorney in mob influenced Vegas to more recent roles as Mayor and Ambassador for one of the world's most unique cities. In Being Oscar, Goodman offers a window into personal experiences, told in only the way that he can: with unabridged, unfiltered, and unapologetic truths that leave the reader laughing out loud, while also thinking more deeply about important topics, such as constitutional law and the role of government.

This is a fantastic read, chock full of incredible stories. Goodman is larger than life - fearless and indefatigable!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scott Allison on June 2, 2013
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Great read, Oscar is a fantastic character and a good storyteller. I enjoyed this immensely and as a new Las Vegan it was great to read some of the history of Vegas in a personal way from someone who was there. There's a lot of history books about Vegas but this has the richness you can only get from a personal memoir. I've been wanting to check out his restaurant, mainly because it was featured in a scene from Casino, but now I'm hoping I'll run into Oscar and share a martini with the (ex) mayor.

The uncomfortable and thought-provoking elements....

I do believe everyone deserves a fair trial and proper representation yet this book still made me question those beliefs and think hard about it. The way Oscar tells it he got countless alleged gangsters and drug dealers off, but in the end the biggest thing that struck me was how inept and corrupt the people who are supposedly on the "right" side often were. The mafioso got off time and time again, but if they were guilty the prosecution is to blame, not the defendant or his lawyer! I imagine some people will find it hard to stomach what Oscar has to say about his clients often becoming good friends, and that they were honourable people, in his opinion, but I doubt they'll buy the book anyway!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DFranz on May 21, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Interesting, loved reading about things that I remember hearing about and watching on T.V....and getting insight on the begin the scenes...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. P. Oade on July 1, 2013
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Entertaining, interesting and a really good read. If you want to know how a mob lawyer justifies representing guilty clients, read this book. Oscar's point of view is hopelessly biased, but the book is nonetheless a joy to read, including the later chapters that cover his time as Mayor of Las Vegas. As a lawyer myself, it is my opinion that Oscar was much better as a mayor than as a mob lawyer. But in both roles, he was totally shameless.
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