Little Man

Little Man

Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life

Book - 1991
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Baker & Taylor
The story of Meyer Lansky and the criminal empire he supervised exposes the harsh reality of life in the underworld and demonstrates how Lansky's desire to achieve mythic status as an outlaw ultimately destroyed him

Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c1991
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316511681
0316511684
Characteristics: xii, 547 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 25 cm

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Gary Geiserman
May 23, 2016

[see book, “Lansky” by Hank Messick for a much better account] Awful awful… Can’t we get these Brits finally off our ass? That war never ended, it just went into ‘turn-around’ (Hollywood being just about America’s only freely running entity). >>> This Robert Lacey ruling class goon thinks HE is gonna get the skinny on the HIDDEN part of the underworld! He uses the sop of an academic—the authorities (FBI, police, court docs etc) and any anecdotal junk he can expense account. >>> Relishes any failure/tragedy Lansky had or may have had. >>> Lots of details, lots of ‘paper research’ and interviews of any one living who will talk (only family and those who don’t know anything about the real business). Interpretations are twisted. >>> What Lacey can’t seem to get is the fact that ALL of the information about Lansky points to ONE thing: he operates like a spy (a double or triple, or MORE)! He is juggling intel against every agency except himself. He did 3 months in a minor lock up early on (his only jail time) because if he had testified (and easily gotten off) he would have possibly compromised various Italians/others. He was always building and protecting the so called National Crime Syndicate—criminal or legally borderline arrangements mostly involving gambling and its gestalt (now mostly legal corporate activity). All his partnerships were to knit together allegiances. Violence was always the last resort. (American foreign policy—except the extreme greed for war $ has us abusing this) It’s actually almost impossible to KNOW much about Lansky beside the obvious—he ruled the Syndicate and made enormous amounts of money. His office was in his head, his word was gold, his casinos were honest, and if you were his business partner you could trust him and you would make money. Lacey couldn’t understand this. Very few people do. What very few know was Meyer Lanky’s game. The Mossad has people just like Lansky running it. The press and academia has people like Robert Lacey working for it.

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