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Daughter of the King: Growing Up in Gangland Audible – Unabridged

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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 9 hours
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • Audible.com Release Date: March 4, 2014
  • Whispersync for Voice: Ready
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IGFK9TS
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Sandra Lansky has written a tell-all story of her life growing up in New York City the daughter of mafioso Meyer Lansky. Father Meyer Lansky always wanted to maintain a low profile in regard to his life outside of his family. By her own admission Sandra relates her own failings in growing up knowing she could depend on others to provide for her needs rather than provide for herself. Her choices were to either go to school or go to work, neither of which appealed to her. What jobs she had, such as at Saks Fifth Avenue, were due to family connections. Sandra married while still a teenager and it wasn't until later she realized her husband was gay. Divorce and several illicit trysts followed one with game show host George DeWitt of "Name That Tune" Fame followed by another with Dean Martin among others. Sandra Lansky kept chasing that elusive happiness that always appeared out of her reach. Addiction to prescription drugs obtained illegally from pharmacists were also part of her many problems. She relates her helplessness in doing basic tasks that she never learned to do herself such as her futile attempt to prepare eggs for eating. This is also the story of Sandra's step-mother Thelma "Teddy" Lansky along with Sandra's brothers' and their troubled lives as well.

Author Lansky relates the stories of her "uncles" Busgy" Siegel, Joe Adonis, Albert Anastasia, and others who her father may have had something to do with their demise. One of Meyer Lansky's proudest possessions was a memorial book relating to the surrender on the battleship Missouri and personally autographed by General MacArthur and Admiral Nimitz among others. The Navy had given it to him from the U. S.
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This book is great for what it is not. It is not some glamorized account of organized crime. Instead, we get to read the story of the day-to-day lives of the family and friends. It is eye opening to read about the way the daughter of one of the most notorious crime bosses considered her life to be "normal." And how could she not? It was all she had ever known, and she shares it in a way that is both understated and immensely engaging.
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Format: Hardcover
I loved this book, and every time I put it down, I couldn't wait to get back to it. It was a very quick and interesting read! I can attest to many of the events in the book, and there were many that I did not know of. I am Sandra Lansky's first cousin; we spent time together when we were young, and I knew a lot about her life. Yet, there were many incidents in the book that were new to me. I loved the style of writing. It was as if Sandra was actually talking. Some people I know, objected to her constant references to Mommy and Daddy because she's an adult now, but I actually felt that I was in the moment, because that was what she always called them. There are poignant moments in the book, interspersed with sad and funny reflections. Sandra's many experiences make for an exciting read. I highly recommend the book!
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I enjoyed the timeline of the book as it related to known facts and many not so known.
Reads like a true story of a real Jewish American Princess who was truly loved by her father and mother.
A really good read.
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You won't find much about Meyer and his criminal underworld here, but you will get a fascinating view of what it's like to be in the family of the criminal empire. You'll also see just how tight Hollywood was with organized crime. This was a quick and fascinating read told with great candor.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Quite good! Although Meyer is discussed in this book it is more about Sandra's life then Meyer's. It was great to run into "old friends" like Frank Costello, Luciano and get her perspective of what it was like to grow up surrounded by this kind of "company" and how it affected her family dynamic. Her relationship with Dean Martin was quite interesting actually. She tells an amusing Sinatra story and who doesn't love Frank?! She had quite the wild life that's for sure.
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Format: Hardcover
I find that tell all books are usually "a tell what I choose to tell."
I definitely think this book was selective in what was told. However.
I enjoyed the book. The greater part of the story was about Sandra
Lansky's life. She adored her dad and of course he did not tell her
any of his business. She did justify all that she read and heard about him.
One son made it out of the "family", but Sandra and her younger brother
were always a part family life. It was interesting to see "love" as defined
by criminals. I do recommend this book. Read it as an interesting aspect of
life in the Mafia, but understand, it is told from a child's view. Later it is told
from an adults view, but certainly through rose colored glasses.
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Are there any kids out there from extremely wealthy backgrounds who are not spoiled, arrogant, selfish, and narcissistic? I would really like to know. From what I notice when I read the biographies of the super-rich,the kids all seem to grow-up that way, especially the boys.

Sandry Lansky writes an honest biography about growing-up with her gangster father, Meyer Lansky.

Like most children, she didn't want to face up to what her father was. He would forever be her Daddy, who loved her, and could do no wrong in her eyes.

An honest, eye-opening biography on growing up with the mob. Christine Schulz
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