- Mass Market Paperback: 130 pages
- Publisher: Street Certified Entertainment; 1st edition (October 25, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615153844
- ISBN-13: 978-0615153841
- Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,331,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Superfly: The True, Untold Story of Frank Lucas, American Gangster Mass Market Paperback – October 25, 2007
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"SuperFly is a riveting, compelling work that reveals and exposes the gross exaggerations, myths and lies about the Frank Lucas "SuperFly" story, while supporting and letting stand that which is true and factual. A remarkable and enjoyable read." --Louis Diaz, DEA undercover agent, who was a principal player taking down Nicky Barnes, Frank Lucas' archenemy
"A fascinating story of the enigmatic "Superfly" Frank Lucas. A balanced portrait that will hopefully be an antidote to the Hollywood version to be released later this year." --Stephen Brodt, criminologist and book review editor for Trends in Organized Crime
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Ron Chepesiuk and Anthony Gonzalez set out to prove that this depiction was more fictional than real.
They come off, in this regard, as credible. They interview several rivals of Frank Lucas, who debunk many of the depictions in the movie. Nicky Barnes and Ike Atkinson ere two of them. Frank Lucas comes off more as a formidable, yet mid level Harlem operator given to flamboyance, and cutting against the grain of many of the things Washington's character railed against in the movie.
One item notably left out of the book, yet touched upon, was Lucas' friendship with Joe Louis in the 1960's. Louis was depicted at the Ali-Frazier fight in the movie with Frank Lucas. It is well-known that Louis had a severe drug habit, but the book did not explore whether Lucas was Louis' supplier. Not much of a leap, here.
Yet this book is brief. It took me about two hours to read it cover to cover at 150 pages. It skips around chronologically, and relies on too few sources. While the main action of the story took place in the 1960's and 1970's, the book is written in the mid-2000's. This leaves the central interviewee's fairly aged. There are few sources from the justice department quoted in the book. Most of the info is gleaned from Lucas' rivals.
Yet, it does accomplish what it sets out to. The objective was to show that Lucas as not what he is portrayed as. He was not a stand up guy, though he did end up having a friendship with Richie Roberts, who arrested him. This was shown in the movie. He comes off more as a street hustler than a high level operative, and some of his stories, such as going to Asia to establish his connections, are debunked.
Caveat emptor. Not a bad read, but I am sure a better chronicle will hit the shelves sometime.
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Frank was a flunky for Bumpy Johnson.Read more
This was so poorly written and nonfactual I didn't think I could finish it.Read more