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Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of L.A.'s Notorious Mobster Paperback – May 1, 2012
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Tere Tereba traces mob history, including Al Capone, Bugsy - sorry, Benjamin - Siegel, Nick the Greek, Whitey Bulger, Frank Costello, Lucky Luciano...they're all here. The emphasis always returns to Mickey Cohen, but he's put in the context of those he learned from, partnered with and stepped over along the way, as well as the "legit" politicians and cops who enabled his rise. I've lived in Los Angeles for 25 years and now see my city in a different light.
The details are exquisite: settings gritty and lush. Clothing right down to a peek inside Cohen's closet. A doomed childhood, from a previously unknown illness to illiteracy and a string of jobs to support his beloved mother. (Why is there always a beloved mother?)
This must have taken years of research and a dedication bordering on the obsessive. It pays off in a book that reads like a movie, with stills punctuating text that strikes the perfect note. I loved it!
Cohen was in the headlines almost daily. Always references of Mafia connections, payoffs to police and others in power. Never knew what was true and what was just journalist imagination. Hard to distinguish. He lived high and made good copy for all the papers.
I found the writing to be good and I enjoyed it very much. Hard to distinguish between whether this book was well written and well researched because of my personal biases and my fond memory of the era.
I still liked it, no matter what.
I have tried to trudge through what appear to be similar books. But they've been confusing, unfocused and inundated with too many names, events and details. None of them attempted to name names, and to deliver the real players and hidden stories in the City of Angels' underworld and the decades long grip the mob held upon it. This book delivers on all levels. MICKEY COHEN: The Life and Crimes of L.A.'s Notorious Mobster is a remarkable book,
written with skill and clarity. I call this a Must Read!