Cohen persuasively achieves his objective by recounting the stories he heard from his father, who grew up with his friends (including broadcaster Larry King) at the end of the gangster era in Brooklyn, finding heroes in men like "Kid Twist" Reles and Bugsy Goldstein. The intriguing tales Cohen heard, although slightly embellished over time, offer a rare glimpse into a world that can barely be related to today's generation of Jews living in America. These Jews went to prison for committing violent felonies, not white-collar crimes, and got the chair for it. Inspired by their stories, Cohen went on to conduct extensive research through old journals, police records, and court reports to uncover the real stories behind the tales he heard as a boy.
Cohen warmly discusses his father's fascination with these powerful, charismatic figures, and openly envies his experiences at a time before Jewish people lived under the debilitating shadow of the Holocaust. In addition, Cohen shows compassion for the need of his father's generation to look up to "someone who gives them the illusion of strength." --Jeremy Storey --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I can't say enought about this book....READ IT!!
I really enjoyed reading Rich Cohen's book on the Jewish Mob members, especially having it framed by his father's friends and their lunches at Nate & Al's.
This book rambles often from a straightforward narrative, and it also is too infused with the author's personal bias and views.
Great read and my go-to gift for all the Tough Jews in my life. Colorful stories vividly told. One of the best gangster books and should be part of the library for anyone... Read morePublished 6 days ago by J. Khuzami
As a writer, Rich Cohen is, for me, one of the writers I read and say, "Man, I will never even be in the same ballpark as this guy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amy Newman Smith
I was, a bit disappointed by the disconnected narrative. Would have preferred a more linear approach t the topic, but I did enjoy the book.Published 6 months ago by cooperkat10
This has become my favorite book about Murder Inc. I can hardly put it down. I like how the author humanizes the gangsters and shows aspects of their personalities that were not... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dragon's Lady
It was almost like a diary since I grew up in that neighborhood, anyone who is interested in early gangland stuff should read itPublished 7 months ago by docrambo
If you are ever looking for the next great & intriguing gangster-style book to read, this is it. I would recommend to anyone who is a fan of the genre and even those are not.Published 9 months ago by Jordan Cohen