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Meyer Lansky was that man.
Published inMajesty remains ack Robert Lacey is a British historian noted for his original research, which gets him close to – and often living alongside – his subjects.
One of them, a scheme to build and sell TV sets to bars, went belly-up because ane sets often failed to work. Preview — Little Man by Robert Lacey. In reality, he was an interesting figure but nowhere near the hype. There is nothing nice in the world of people like this, nothing. Robert’s other books include biographies of the gangster Meyer Littld, Princess Grace of Monaco and a study of Sotheby’s auction house.
Lansky was heavily invested and stood to make millions. Lansky was a genius among his fellow thugs, but died almost broke while living modestly in retirement in Miami lanskyy caring for his ulcers and gangstdr bypass. It was a fortune bigger than the economies of some nations, and the number stuck to Lansky like a wad of chewed gum.
While it lasted, Lansky had a world-class establishment. Dec 22, D.
LITTLE MAN by Robert Lacey | Kirkus Reviews
Sign up here to receive myer FREE alerts. He is the author of numerous international bestsellers. He spent the rest of his life trying to scratch together a living from skimming Las Vegas casinos and other small schemes. Although involved in illegal enterprizes, mostly concerning gambling, throughout his life, and although expensively pursued by local and federal authorities through much of it, Meyer Lansky was rarely convicted of anything and, despite his enormous reputation as a mob boss, died leaving only moderate wealth behind.
Not the subject I admire Lansky but Lacey’s prose is flat But as a social snapshot of how a scumbag would like to be seen it is interesting.
I noticed some of the reviews on Amazon of this book called it a whitewash. Lacey’s larger message is that the Mafia is really like local groups of Freemasons, with sometimes quite active links between one another but not congealed into a centrally structured organization.
The book details his youth as a precocious young gambler and his entry into bootlegging during Prohibition years. In an era when gangsters were both glorified and feared, Lansky was the most sinister and elusive of that generally flamboyant crowd. I am really loving this book so far. An exhaustive study about a man who lived under the radar compared to many of his contemporaries.
Nov 06, Sheridan rated it it was ok. Although involved in illegal enterprizes, mostly concerning gambling, throughout his life, and although expensively pursued by local and federal authorities through much ilfe it, Meyer Lansky was rarely convicted of anything and, despite his enormous reputation as a mob boss, lqnsky lea Well researched and very well written, this is a biography of Meyer Lansky ca. He grasped the ironic truth: I did not see a mention of the prostitution and porn “industry” that he helped spawn- if that is the correct word!
Excellent biography of Meyer Lansky.
Meyer Lansky was quite a character! Much of the business was conducted locally, at times, neighborhood to neighborhood, block to block. The government viewed Organized Crime as a corporation, when in reality it was a loose confederation of individual gangsters who ruled certain territories.
Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life
He claims that Lansky never ordered a hit or even used I noticed some of the reviews on Amazon of this book called it a whitewash.
True to legend, he was a wizard with numbers, so good that he could recalculate baseball players’ batting averages in his head while watching a game. Kefauver won; McCarthy had to settle for Communists.
A Lansky investment in oil wells did pay off for a while, but after his death inthe value of the investment went south, wiping out the rather paltry estate he had left behind. Though the government stated he was worth million dollars, he died flat broke, moving from country to country to avoid American Justice.
I’d like to find another book on the infamous Meyer Lansky gantster see if Robert Lacey forgot to include a few chapters in his book! It also allowed the government lump gangsters into one common, all inclusive enemy. Kefauver replied “I just don’t want you people running it. The idea of a crime conglomerate, a syndicate, feeds our desire for romantic outlaws. For decades, the mention of Lansky inspired visions of thick stacks of cancerous cash eating away at the ethics of judges, cops, politicians, businessmen and union leaders.