Customer Review

March 10, 2019
I've read all of Andrew's stories, and have appreciated all, but since he turned to historical fiction with The One Man (another worthy read) he has been a serious deliverer of history that is not far from non-fiction.
Andrew's Button Man, is actually based on his brave, gutsy grandfather's hardships and triumphs in the early days of unions and protectionism in NYC's garment industry. The good guys were the Jews who worked hard and employed the workers. The bad guys were the Jews who exploited, robbed, beat up and killed the owners of the factories. Dutch Shultz and others were the bad guys, and Thomas Dewey helped put them away, in the end.
Personally, Andrew Gross' s grandfather character, Morris Raab, was a gutsy kid who stood up to Louis Buchalter, a rough kid in the neighborhood. Louis grew up to be one of the mob leaders and cut Morris some slack, but it didn't last.
Morris had relationships with his brothers, one of whom felt alienated from the family because he was blamed for his twin' s death as a kid, and, later when blamed for allowing the mob into Morris' s factory to burn it down.
There's a lot that's disturbing to read but, as with the Holocaust, these events are based on reality, and this cannot be ignored.
You'll be glad you read this story, and you will shed a tear on the last page. Don't skip to that last page, though. Read the whole book!
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