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Little Man Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life characters Ñ 107 Ü Based on interviews with Lansky's close friends criminal associates with law enforcement experts with members of Lansky's own family using previously unpublished documents written by Lansky himself this is both the biography of a mob operator a social hisBased on interviews with Lansky's close friends criminal associates with law enforcement exp. I thoroughly enjoyed this An un hyped biography that dispenses with all the mythology surrounding it's subject Meyer Lansky has been heralded for the past 40 years as a criminal mastermind that organized the rackets into a corporate entity that was bigger than US Steel In reality he was primarily after a beginning as a bootlegger a guy that ran legal and illegal casinos He ran them honestly believed in the power of the payoff when it came to the authorities and the strength of being a man of his word He was never connected by any law enforcement agency with murder or muscle He had a spotless reputation among his associates many of whom were mobsters as being scrupulously honest and keeping his commitments In the 60s and 7os he began to painted as a criminal mastermind Law enforcement agencies shadowed him for 25 years and could never come up with anything Of course this was taken as evidence of just how slick he was Wellapparently he was just what he claimed to be A gambler All the hype took a toll on his life He didn't want the attention When called before the Kefvauver committee in a private moment he asked Kefauver who liked to gamble why he was so keen on persecuting gamblers Kefauver replied I just don't want you people running it Of course the you people meant Italians and Jews And who runs gambling today The big corporations Kind of makes you think

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Ansky himself this is both the biography of a mob operator a social history of American crim. This has to be the most authoritative book on Meyer Lansky It’s like a very long piece of investigative journalism rather than a narrative The resource list includes all of the most important people in Lansky’s life and all of his public records It seems pretty objective in that the evidence is laid out for you to decide your own opinions of his life and personality There’s no hype or mythologizing going on here For me the main takeaway was how unpleasant Lansky’s life was I had the exciting mobster image in my head going into this but Lansky’s life was not like that The last 50 or so years were spent looking for ways to make money avoiding legal issues dealing with a troubled family and being sick The moral is you don’t need to be a criminal to live his life or better Plenty of people suffer doing workaday stuff but at least they don’t have the legal issues and their kids aren't money grubbing nut jobs If you ever thought to compare your life to early twentieth century gangsters bootlegging and what not keep in mind you’re better off with a crappy job paying taxes and hamburger helper every night If you want to know why read the book

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Little Man Meyer Lansky and the Gangster LifeErts with members of Lansky's own family using previously unpublished documents written by L. A biography is a difficult proposition It must include the events in a persons life but information from the early years preceding a person's fame are not always easy to obtain or to understand its context The events of the stubject's associates and the surrounding world that interacts with them can be difficult to interpret and previously written reports necessitates reliance upon other writer's skill and integrity in reporting Understanding the individuals meaning to themselves to others their emotions desires their achievements and disappointments is most difficult The writer's own sensibilities might interfere and then he must again rely upon the impressions of others Even if he could interview the subject of the biography would that interview yield anything beyond an individual's tainted self image or desire for remembrance The author Mr Lacey interviewed many of the people closest to Mr Lansky and researched his subject well without always drawing definite conclusions but rather providing the ambience that would provide some sense of the subject but allowing the nebulousness of an individual's existence This was an excellent biography of Meyer Lansky's life some of the good some of the bad some of the triumphs and some of the sad disappointments but like every individual's Rosebud there are things we shall never know