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Not the subject I admire Lansky but Lacey’s prose is flat Return to Book Page. When you heard the name, you shivered. Of course this was taken as evidence of just how slick he was. Very amazing that the author did mqn include one bad thing to say about this snd gangster. I started but did not want to read all of it- the writer and his subject, indeed most of the characters are thoroughly dislikeable. Robert Lacey describes this apogee in his entertaining and fascinating portrait of Lansky and his world: The book begins with his birth in a small Jewish village called Grodno in Eastern Europe and subsequent immigration at ten years of age to America with his family.

Lansky was heavily invested and stood to make millions. But actually Lansky was a mediocre businessman, Lacey reports. Ironically it shows where he made his roots- preying on his fellow Jews in the most violent manner. Mostly, he ran a smooth operation; the gambling was clean, the entertainment excellent, the food good. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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When you lose your money, you lose lanksy. My biggest problem with this book is that the author is extremely sympathetic to Lansky and writes his biography almost like a tribute to him. He was the cold-eyed financial genius behind the omnipresent, omniscient Mob. Lists lansmy This Book. Apr 22, Walt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Understanding the individuals meaning, to themselves, to others, their emotions, desires, their achievements and disappointments is most difficult.


My last Mafia book. This book is a crude, now I think laughably crude, attempt to lionise a little twerp. 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 lea Well researched and very well written, this is a biography meher Meyer Lansky ca.

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

I noticed some of the reviews on Amazon of this book called it a whitewash. Those looking for justice in the universe would be gratified by Lansky’s final years.

This shouldn’t be surprising considering Laceys main primary source for this book was Lanskys son. Jan 03, Tommy rated it liked it.

Lansky, too, became famed lofe his head for figures, as well as for his lack of greed and his honesty in sharing. View all 3 comments.

Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life

Robert Lacey is a British historian noted for his original research, which gets him close to – and often living alongside – his subjects. Well documented and well researched. As Lacey notes, the only way to run an honest casino in the Western Hemisphere was to call in the neyer.

But the Cuban revolution happened, the hotel and casino were seized by the government, and Lansky lost his stake.


He was able to win regularly as long as he didn’t get greedy and gangwter call any attention to what he was ilttle. November 10, Garry Abrams Abrams is a Times staff writer. Aug 02, Marie rated it liked it Shelves: Trivia About Little Man: He had a great faculty for numbers and became fascinated by the craps games he observed o During his lifetime, Meyer Lansky was the stuff of organized crime legend.


I read this book at least once a year, and it’s still one of my favorites. Apr 02, Malcolm rated it liked it.

Dec 22, D. Lacey clearly argues that Lansky was poor and in retirement by the time he left the country to avoid legal proceedings. I’m not usually a big fan of biographies, but thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

More important, he finally would have made the transition to legitimate businessman, a goal that was forever beyond his lengthy grasp. But that wasn’t true. What Meyer Lansky really knew was how to run a casino or gaming house. Feb 22, Erik Graff rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Good luck to all who attempt it.

Sure, Lansky made a few bundles, primarily from gambling and taking a fee for computing complicated shareouts on gangland deals. Most historians acknowledge that the Mafia almost certainly had serious dirt on J.

One of them, a scheme to build and sell TV sets to bars, went belly-up because the sets often failed to work. The idea of a crime conglomerate, a syndicate, feeds our desire for romantic outlaws. He grasped the ironic truth: I’d like to find another book on the infamous Meyer Lansky and see if Robert Lacey forgot to include a few chapters in his book!

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