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LITTLE MAN by Robert Lacey | Kirkus Reviews

But as a social snapshot of how a scumbag would like to be seen it is interesting. Of course this was taken as evidence of just how slick he was. A player plays even when he knows better. Very good book This was an excellent biography of Meyer Lansky. Navy with the then imprisoned Luciano to defend the East Coast from Nazi saboteurs and u-boats to his relationship and involvement with Benny Siegel in “Bugsy’s” financial adventures and consequent assassination in Las Vegas.

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. Be the first to discover new talent! Gamblers knew that at Lansky’s casinos, the odds favored the house, but the games were fair. Lacey is a good story-teller though and seems to research thoroughly, so I will try out more of his non-fiction.

I had to quit reading this biography. 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 littlf individual’s existence.

It was well-written, thoroughly researchedand honestly told.

I did finish it but my opinion has not changed. 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. This vast amount, lansiy billions in today’s dollars, seemed to epitomize his most famous quote: 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.

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I read this book at least once a year, and it’s still one of my favorites. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Apr 22, Walt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Though the government stated he was worth million dollars, he died flat broke, moving from country to country to avoid American Justice. Preview — Little Man by Robert Lacey. Clearly, honesty was for chumps.

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

This shouldn’t be surprising considering Laceys main primary source for this book was Lanskys son. And who runs gambling today? He failed twice in ventures to set up legitimate businesses. I bought two of Robert Laceys books and enjoyed it immensely. A biography is a difficult proposition.

He rode along with the winners, then got off before the ride ended. I did not see a mention of the prostitution and porn “industry” that he helped spawn- if that is the correct word!

Is it true that all intelligent mob people are surrounded by challenged minions? Both were fighting for the right to investigate Organized Crime. A quite comprehensive biography well-balanced in the treatment of a complicated character.

He took his duties as kitchen manager very seriously indeed.

Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Jun 05, Christine Lamoreaux rated it did not like it. It also only briefly touches on his early Prohibition years, completely ignoring the fact that the Jewish-American Bugs and Meyer Mob had a reputation for being one of the most notoriously violent Prohibition gangs of the s.


May 22, Neil Pierson rated it liked it. I noticed some of the reviews on Amazon of this book called it a whitewash. I started but did not want to read all of it- the writer and his subject, indeed most of the characters are It is of interest to read the book now, ina few years after the death of the scumbag.

The biography almost makes it sound like America’s criminalization of gambling is what made the virtually harmless diminutive in stature gangster a criminal. An un-hyped biography that dispenses with all the mythology surrounding it’s subject. But the Cuban revolution happened, the hotel and casino were seized by the government, and Lansky lost his stake.

He claims that Lansky never ordered a hit or even used intimidation when running his rackets. Open Preview See a Problem? He had a spotless reputation among his associates, many of whom were mobsters, as being scrupulously honest and keeping his commitments. 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 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. View all 3 comments.


Want to Read saving…. I would have rated this book higher if the passages about the later stages of Lansky’s life been edited down. Return to Book Page. In reality, he was an interesting figure but nowhere near the hype. Lansky, too, became famed for his head for figures, as well as for his lack of greed and his honesty in llttle.