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: Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life (Audible Audio Edition): Robert Lacey, Ron Silver, Phoenix Books: Books. Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life. Robert Lacey, Author Little Brown and Company $ (p) ISBN More By and About. Meyer Lansky. When you heard the name, you shivered. He was the cold-eyed financial genius behind the omnipresent, omniscient Mob.

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Most of his legitimate investments failed. It was a fortune bigger than the economies of some nations, and the number stuck to Lansky like a wad of chewed gum. I’ll also skip over just how Russian the “Russian” Mafia really is. Not the subject I admire Lansky but Lacey’s prose is flat A fascinating insight into the USA and to how so much of the country was built by people like Lansky.

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Sure, Lansky made a few bundles, primarily from gambling and taking a fee for computing complicated shareouts on gangland deals.

Robert Lacey describes this apogee in his entertaining and fascinating portrait of Lansky and his world: To have a long and successful criminal career, you have to be honest. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

One of them, a scheme to build and sell TV sets to bars, went belly-up because the sets often lasnky to work. Jul 22, Anthony rated it really liked it Shelves: Most of all, it was peaceful and hassle-free.

Very good book This was an excellent biography of Meyer Lansky. The writer’s own sensibilities might interfere, and then he must again rely upon the impressions of others.

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This book is a crude, now I think laughably crude, attempt to lionise a little twerp. Maybe I will be able to pick it up at a later lannsky but I truly doubt it. Lacey details his gambling career; collects as much as ane can on Lansky’s bootleg career; and probably spends too much time on Lansky’s legal and family troubles late in life. Jan 30, Kurt rated it it was amazing. The bettors knew the games were rigged.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Although it was the product of massive bribery of Cuban government officials and others, the hotel and casino were licensed and legal. 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.

Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life by Robert Lacey

Very amazing that the author did not include one bad thing to say about this infamous gangster. He co- authored The Year – An Englishman’s World, a description of life at the turn of the last millennium.

Lansky was a genius among his fellow thugs, but died almost broke while living modestly in retirement in Miami and caring for his ulcers and triple bypass. He started life as a poor, Jewish kid who emigrated to New York from Russia with his family.

This vast amount, worth billions in today’s dollars, seemed to epitomize his most famous quote: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Both were fighting for the right to investigate Organized Crime. Copyright Los Angeles Times. I noticed some of the reviews on Amazon of this book called it ganngster whitewash.

Quotes from Little Man: He took his duties as kitchen manager very seriously indeed.

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Books by Robert Lacey. But the Cuban gangsher happened, the hotel and casino were seized by the government, and Lansky lost his stake. Mar 11, Tom Nolan added it.

I highly recommend it to anyone who likes mafia Doc’s. Though the government stated he was worth million dollars, he died flat broke, moving from country to country to avoid American Justice. It is of interest to read the book now, ina few years after the death of the scumbag.

He was arithmetically smart, but knew nothing about family and life. He grasped the liife truth: 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.

No trivia or quizzes yet. During his lifetime, Meyer Lansky was the stuff of organized crime lansku. There was a problem adding your email address. My biggest problem with this book is that the author andd extremely sympathetic to Lansky and writes his biography almost like a tribute to him.


An exhaustive study about a man who lived under the radar compared to many of his contemporaries. I am using it for research on my second book, “The Saratoga Project. He quickly mastered the odds, which led him to the immediate realization that the ganggster were rigged.

A player plays even when he knows better. Whose reputation is one that is lfe, blown out of proportion, and sensationalized by his associations with that eras most violent gangsters?