- Hardcover: 461 pages
- Publisher: Little Brown & Company; Book Club edition (1975)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000JJWK3C
- Package Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Last Testament of Lucky Luciano Hardcover – 1975
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Expose of organized crime families in New York, based on information provided by Charles "Lucky" Luciano and others associated with alleged Mafia activities.
Top customer reviews
Honestly a laugh-out-loud funny and engaging read. The conversational style is crass but strangely wonderful.
I disagree with other reviewers that Luciano's tale seems bitter or whiny-- it's honest, crude, interesting and maybe a little bit long-winded and self-congratulatory. He was fascinating man. Not a good man. But how many of us can say we ran multi-million dollar enterprises (criminal or otherwise) by our twenties?
Were these men violent, murderous thugs and criminals? Yes, but...You find yourself rooting for them all the same. Like you would that wayward black-sheep uncle your family doesn't much care for but always has the best stories and gives you money.
Besides, all the bad stuff (killings, prostitution and drug dealing) was all Vito Genovese...not Lucky and his pals. Lol.
Unlike other biographies written by second hand accounts or posthumously, this is largely taken from direct interviews with Luciano
The insight into his relationships with other notable, notorious characters (like the Little Man himself, Meyer Lanksy) are a must read for anyone interested in organized crime.
Is it all true?
Probably not, but you'll be happy you read it all the same.
Luciano was candid about authorizing hits and the nature and extent of his criminal enterprises. The author was non-judgmental in telling the story. After all the half-truths and guesses about this man, I'm glad I read this book.
If Charlie Lucky had chosen an honest life, he could have been the most successful businessman in history.