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American Gangster: And Other Tales of New York Paperback – October 10, 2007

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"A brilliant collection by one of our most valuable journalists."

"Nothing less than a riveting snapshot of life in the 'modern world.'"

"Personal, savvy journalism that will make readers stop in their tracks and ponder. Provocation, in a word, and Jacobson will trade you slap for slap."

About the Author

MARK JACOBSON has been a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Esquire, and New York. He is the author of 12,000 Miles in the Nick of Time: A Semi-Dysfunctional Family Circumnavigates the Globe, Teenage Hipster in the Modern World, and the novels Gojiro and Everyone and No One. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; First Edition edition (October 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802143369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802143365
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,972,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I purchased this book, I was expecting to get a more complete story about the American Gangster, Frank Lucas. Instead what I found was that this was actually a collection of stories about New York. I really found the stories interesting and it did give me a better understanding of the New York psyche. The writer is a wonderful storyteller and enjoyed each of the stories.
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I guess I was mistaken to assume that the body of this book would be about gangsters. I did read 'and other tales of New York' on the cover but 15% Lucas the drug kingpin and 85% 'tales'? The homage to Charlie Rangel and the 911 'truthers' were a bit much for a reader looking for an insight into the world of a real gangster(Rangel???). I feel shammed. I also noticed that the author chided Lucas for not owning up to the misery his drugs caused others, yet admitted to smoking drugs with the dealer during the interview. Sophist? They already have my money-save yours...
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Format: Paperback
The title of this book is misleading. Instead of "American Gangster: and other tales of New York", it should be "Tales of New York, and American Gangster". The story on Frank Lucas is rather short and superficial, even though it appears that the author was in a position to write a much more compelling story.
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"American Gangster" is a collection of Mark Jacobson articles depicting off-beat New York City characters. I bought this book because I wanted to know the "facts" about Frank Lucas, the subject of the "American Gangster" movie.

The Frank Lucas article, like many of the articles in this collection, focuses on describing and illustrating the character rather than giving a great number of facts. Frank Lucas from the article is more self-centered, conniving and crude than the slick Hollywood movie version.

The articles cover a wide variety of characters from the clientele of a cigar shop to 9/11 conspiracy theorists to the owner of a high-dollar escort service. Some of the characters are less than savory and some of them were not very interesting to me.

With the broad range of subjects presented in "American Gangster" there is a good chance there will be something of interest to just about any reader. There is also a good chance the reader will come across a few articles they would rather skip.
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By cabmansgal on September 16, 2013
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This is amazing how people can kill without a glimmer of remorse. This was not your "happy ending" sort of book.
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