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Augie's Secrets: The Minneapolis Mob and the King of the Hennepin Strip Hardcover – April 1, 2013
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The more colorful cousins left for Nevada as Minneapolis was shutting down and Vegas was opening up, and their departure left me wondering what they were escaping and what they were still looking for. Augie's Secrets gives up the answers -- not just exhuming Augie himself, but bringing him and the avenue back to life. I've walked up and down that street for more than 50 years, and finally, thanks to Karlen, I've been able to smell the cigar smoke and the corned beef and get a look inside the fancy restaurants and smoky strip joints.
Full disclosure: I was a minor source for the book. I had heard about and talked about many of the characters described between its covers. Now, after reading Augie's Secrets, I'm surprised and often delighted to learn that the DNA of the Minneapolis of my youth is alive and well. The descendants of the Minneapolis Mob may even have more clout than their parents and grandparents did. It's just that the Jewish pioneers were forced to operate on the margins and now the children and grandchildren have been forced to go legit. Karlen leaves us to wonder whether that's such a great thing.
I can remember my parents talking about the "Jewish mafia" in Minneapolis, and at the time dismissing it as innuendo and rumor. So I found the information that there WAS a "Jewish mafia" eye-opening.
So, despite the book's occasional failings, I would recommend the it to anyone who lives/lived in Minneapolis who wants to learn more about its somewhat-seedly history.
It sounded like a good book, but it was painful to read.