Jewish Gangsters of Modern Literature by Rachel Rubin Book Summary:
In this vividly written study, Rachel Rubin posits the Jewish literary gangster - a figure whose violence, transgressiveness, and ongoing internal conflict render him an important symbol of modernity - as a locus for exploring questions of artistic power in the interwar years. Focusing specifically on the Russian writer Isaac Babel and Americans Mike Gold, Samuel Ornitz, and Daniel Fuchs, but also taking in cartoons, movies, and modernist paintings, Rubin casts the Jewish gangster as a favorite figure used by left-wing Jewish writers to examine their own place in world history. Rubin contends that these writers saw their artistic endeavors as akin to the work of their gangster doubles: outcasts and rebels kneebreaking their way into the literary canon while continuing to do business with the system. transgressing cultural boundaries - the figure of the Jewish gangster provides an occasion to craft a virile Jewish masculinity, to consider the role of vernacular in literature, to interrogate the place of art within a political economy, and to explore the fate of Jewishness in the new worlds of the United States and the Soviet Union. In addition to tracing the transformation of a Russian folk hero into a pivotal figure in American literature, Jewish Gangsters of Modern Literature argues persuasively for inducting these leftist writers - with their interest in the literary gangster who boldly challenges the social and economic hierarchy - into the circle of experimental modernists that has hitherto excluded them.
100 Oklahoma Outlaws, Gangsters & Lawmen by Daniel Anderson Book Summary:
This book includes difficult-to-find information about significant Oklahoma outlaws who lived and worked during the 100-year period ï¿½from horseback to Cadillac.ï¿½ While criminal history within Oklahoma is the focus, famous crimes committed elsewhere by Oklahomans, such as the Barker Gang, Wilbur Underhill, and Machine Gun Kelly, as well as Oklahoma connections to legendary outlaws like Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, John Dillinger, and Baby Face Nelson are also mentioned.
Railroad Stories #3: Gangsters of the Rails (Volume 3) by E. S. Dellinger Book Summary:
Connie Turner, son of the murdered boss of Cootie’s Bluff, walked into plenty of trouble after taking a job on the K., G. & O. Plunder and mystery surrounds the railyards in this nail-biting yarn by E.S. Dellinger, America’s premier railroad fiction author. Gangsters of the Rails was serialized in six issue of Railroad Stories Magazine, beginning with the November 1931 issue. "Gangsters" represents E.S. Dellinger writing with all the skill he commanded in railroad fiction—atmosphere, colorful characters, action, romance, and a lengthier word count, allowing him to fully develop the relationships and conflict surrounding the badland known as "Cootie's Bluff." With an action-packed painting by Emmett Watson and atmospheric illustrations by Joe Easley, Gangsters of the Rails is action-packed pulp fiction!
Gangsters to Governors: The New Bosses of Gambling in America by David Clary Book Summary:
Generations ago, gambling in America was an illicit activity, dominated by gangsters like Benny Binion and Bugsy Siegel. Today, forty-eight out of fifty states permit some form of legal gambling, and America’s governors sit at the head of the gaming table. But have states become addicted to the revenue gambling can bring? And does the potential of increased revenue lead them to place risky bets on new casinos, lotteries, and online games? In Gangsters to Governors, journalist David Clary investigates the pros and cons of the shift toward state-run gambling. Unearthing the sordid history of America’s gaming underground, he demonstrates the problems with prohibiting gambling while revealing how today’s governors, all competing for a piece of the action, promise their citizens payouts that are rarely delivered. Clary introduces us to a rogue’s gallery of colorful characters, from John “Old Smoke” Morrissey, the Irish-born gangster who built Saratoga into a gambling haven in the nineteenth century, to Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate who has furiously lobbied against online betting. By exploring the controversial histories of legal and illegal gambling in America, he offers a fresh perspective on current controversies, including bans on sports and online betting. Entertaining and thought-provoking, Gangsters to Governors considers the past, present, and future of our gambling nation. Author's website (http://www.davidclaryauthor.com)
Gangsters and Goodfellas: Wiseguys, Witness Protection, and Life on the Run by Henry Hill Book Summary:
After a quarter of a century of silence, Henry Hill can finally tell us the rest of his story. Taking readers on a crazy ride of his life hiding out in the Witness Protection Program, doing prison time for drug charges and testifying in high profile mafia trials.
1960s Austin Gangsters: Organized Crime that Rocked the Capital (True Crime) by Jesse Sublett Book Summary:
Timmy Overton of Austin and Jerry Ray James of Odessa were football stars who traded athletics for lives of crime. The original rebels without causes, nihilists with Cadillacs and Elvis hair, the Overton gang and their associates formed a ragtag white trash mafia that bedazzled Austin law enforcement for most of the 1960s. Tied into a loose network of crooked lawyers, pimps and used car dealers who became known as the "traveling criminals," they burglarized banks and ran smuggling and prostitution rings all over Texas. Author Jesse Sublett presents a detailed account of these Austin miscreants, who rose to folk hero status despite their violent criminal acts.
30 Illegal Years To The Strip: The Untold Stories Of The Gangsters Who Built The Early Las Vegas Strip by Bill Friedman Book Summary:
30 Illegal Years To The Strip is the inside story of Prohibition’s most powerful leaders, who later ran elegant, illegal casinos across America, before moving on to build the glamorous Las Vegas Strip gambling resorts. The seven leaders of the three dominating Prohibition gangs imported the world’s finest liquors on a massive scale. Although in an illegal and dangerous business, these seven espoused traditional business values and rejected the key tools of organized crime - monopoly, violence, and vendetta. This made them the most unlikely gangsters to rise to underworld leadership. But they earned every criminal’s respect, and fate made them the most powerful gangland leaders in American history. In the mid 1900s, these seven leaders stood up to, and restrained, America’s worst villains. The seven prevented many gangland wars and killings. Unbelievably, the most murderous and most psychopathic gang leaders not only admired them but supported them in gangland conflicts. These were the first gangs to work closely together in mutual interest. Joining these three dominating liquor-importers was the violent Chicago Capone gang, as they partnered in both illegal and legal businesses during and after Prohibition. They were also close allies in the complexities, treachery, and violence of underworld politics. Exposed for the first time are the roles actually played by gang leaders Ben Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Charlie Luciano, Frank Costello, Joe Adonis, Al Capone, John Torrio, Frank Nitti, and Moe Dalitz. Some of these seven leaders became powerful overworld political kingmakers. Allied with them in New York City politics was Arnold Rothstein, the ultimate gambler. His murder is one of several major gangland killings finally solved here. The biggest-drawing entertainer in these gang leaders’ illegal-casino and Strip-resort showrooms was comedian Joe E. Lewis. He single-handedly saved the Copacabana from bankruptcy and turned it into America’s most famous and glamorous nightclub. The careers and relationships of the gang leaders, who together would go on to build the Las Vegas Strip, are presented for the first time in this thoroughly documented, in-depth, authentic history of how organized crime developed. It contains 546 source notes, and many addendums that expose the serious fallacies and outright fictions of previous books about early organized crime. This book is based on 48 years of research that began, when the author was drafted during the Vietnam War. A conscientious objector, he was ordered to spend his alternative service in Las Vegas hanging out with gangsters to study the history and operation of organized crime. (More info about this government-ordered study in About The Research at www.BillFriedmanAuthor.com)
The Crooked Road: Ellery Queen Presents Stories of Grifters, Gangsters, Hit Men, and Other Career Crooks by Lawrence Block Book Summary:
The Crooked Road:Ellery Queen Presents Stories of Grifters, Gangsters, Hit Men, and Other Career CrooksA story in the famous Keller series by Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block provides the first stop in this anthology’s journey along the road taken by professional criminals of mystery fiction. It’s a road that leads back to the gangster’s heyday of Prohibition in stories by multiple Edgar Allan Poe Award winner Doug Allyn, Canadian writer Therese Greenwood, and one of EQMM’s classic contributors, Florence Mayberry. The road also takes some forward turns in time: There’s a thriller by New York Times Editor’s Choice List author Olen Steinhauer about Internet-generated crime and a thoroughly modern grifter’s tale by Gary Phillips. Readers won’t want to miss the humorous byways of the genre either, in stories by Liza Cody, Tom Tolnay, and Helen Tucker; or the rough alleys of a port city in the action-packed cliff-hanger by Barbara Paul. Finally, there’s the dark end of the street, represented by Susan B. Kelly’s third-place winning story from MWA’s Golden Anniversary Contest and Raymond Steiber’s 2003 Edgar Allan Poe Award winner for Best Short Story. Last but certainly not the least of the noir selections is a story from Ireland’s celebrated Ken Bruen. The journey comes to an end with Edgar Allan Poe Award winner Clark Howard’s story of a crook who lives and dies on the back roads of his own hometown.
The Crooked Road Volume 2: Ellery Queen Presents Stories of Grifters, Gangsters, Hit Men, and Other Career Crooks by Dana Cameron Book Summary:
In this anticipated follow up to Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine’s first digital-only anthology, you’ll once again take the “low road” of grifters, hit men, and other career crooks, and come out with new insights into crime, revenge, and justice. Your path—led by stars like Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Lawrence Block, Edgar Award winner Doug Allyn, 2012 Agatha Award winner Dana Cameron, 2012 Dilys Award winner S.J. Rozan, and Edgar winner Edward D. Hoch—is winding, taking you through byways both humorous and deadly. You’ll follow the Prohibition-era gangsters of Mark Coggins and Lou Manfredo, and the contemporary mafiosos of Janice Law, Ed McBain, and Diamond Dagger award winner Peter Lovesey. With small-town scams and big-city hits, 2012 Shamus Award winner Michael Z. Lewin, film and television writer William Link, and award-winning novelist Andrew Klavan offer some comic relief, while Edgar nominee Kevin Wignall, Andrew Taylor, bestselling author Peri O’Shaugnessy, and EQMM Readers Award winner Clark Howard remind us where the Crooked Road can often lead. Edited by Janet Hutchings, this volume will surprise you with favorite series characters, dark humor, high stakes, and edge-of-your-seat suspense. Hold on tight, and don’t miss it!
Mob Rats! Two Volume Set The Cleveland Canaries: Jimmy "The Weasel" Fratianno and Danny Greene (Mob Rats - Gangsters Who Squeal Book 2) by Joe Bruno Book Summary:
THIS BOOK ALSO INCLUDES THE FREE BONUS BOOK - SNAKEHEADS - A SCREENPLAY" "MOB RATS - TWO VOLUME SET - THE CLEVELAND CANARIES" HAS BEEN RANKED:AMAZON/UK #4 BEST SELLER IN "TRUE CRIME HOAXES & DECEPTIONS"AMAZON/UK #10 BEST SELLER IN "PERSPECTIVES ON LAW"AMAZON/UK #11 BEST SELLER IN "LAW ENFORCEMENT BIOGRAPHIES"AMAZON/UK #19 BEST SELLER IN "POLICE BIOGRAPHIES"AMAZON/USA #19 BEST SELLER IN "CRIMINAL PROCEDURE"AMAZON/USA TOP 20 BEST SELLER IN "LEGAL HISTORY"AMAZON/UK # 25 IN "FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY"*****Jimmy “The Weasel” Fratianno got his nickname from his days as a petty pushcart thief in Cleveland, when he ran as “quick as a weasel” with an armful of fruit and vegetables while the cops chased him.Rising quickly up the organized crime ladder in Cleveland, Fratianno, after doing a stint in the can for robbery and extortion, migrated west to Los Angeles where he hooked up with West Coast Mob boss, Jack Dragna. After doing a few “pieces of work” or murders for Dragna, Fratianno got his button and became a made man in the Mafia. Things began falling apart for Fratianno when, while he was in prison doing another bit for extortion, Jack Dragna died. After much infighting, Dominick Brooklier was anointed Dragna’s replacement, and one of his first acts was to bust Fratianno from captain back to a mere Mafia soldier. Incredibly, after Brooklier got hit with a 20-month prison term for racketeering, conspiracy and extortion, he named Fratianno as the acting boss of his LA crime family. As soon as Brooklier hit the streets again, Fratianno discovered he was as good as dead. He ran to the Feds, and he offered to sing his finest tunes in return for the luxury of the Witness Protection Program. Over the next 10 years (he got only five years in jail after admitting he participated in six murders), Fratianno scammed the Feds for almost $1 million, in return for his testimony at several mob trials.*****Cleveland mobster Danny Greene’s love for his Irish heritage, and his hate for the Italian dagos, as he called them, propelled him into a battle with Cleveland’s Italian Mayfield Road Mob for control of all the illegal activities in Cleveland and in the surrounding Ohio areas. After the death of Cleveland Godfather, John Scalish, Greene joined forces with disgruntled Italian mobster, John Nardi, and a mob war commenced full force in the streets of Cleveland.Bombs were the weapons of choice, and soon there were so many bombings in the Cleveland area, perpetrated by both Greene and his enemies, the local press dubbed Cleveland, “The Bomb Capital of the USA.”Greene, after being approached by a convincing FBI agent, decided it was in his best interest to become a canary. As a result, he sang a sweet tune to the Feds, filling them in on the illegal activities of the Italian Mayfield Road Mob.In the end, Danny Greene, feared Irish mobster, became what his Irish ancestors hated most – a rat.Scroll to the top of this page and hit the BUY button!About Joe Bruno:Mathew J. Mari, New York City criminal lawyer for 38 years, said, “Joe Bruno and I grew up in the same neighborhood on the Lower East Side of New York City. We met and know the most of the same people, some of whom are alleged to be organized crime figures. And I emphasize the word ‘alleged.’“That's why Joe Bruno’s insight and style makes it easy for the reader to understand the colorful yet brutal characters that dominated the crime scene in America for two centuries. He knows what he's talking about be
Gangsters Without Borders: An Ethnography of a Salvadoran Street Gang (Issues of Globalization:Case Studies in Contemporary Anthropology) by T.W. Ward Book Summary:
Based on author T.W. Ward's eight and a half years in Los Angeles conducting participant observation with MS-13, Gangsters Without Borders: An Ethnography of a Salvadoran Street Gang takes an inside look at gang life in the United States and in a global context. Taking us through their journey from their homeland in El Salvador to the mean streets of Los Angeles, Gangsters Without Borders offers a perspective from the point of view of the hard-core members who live this hard, fast, and dangerous life. A powerful and engaging overview of gang dynamics, Gangsters Without Borders contextualizes the sources and severity of the marginalization felt by Salvadoran immigrants and debunks myths about street gangs in the United States. This account of gangsters' lives before, during, and after their involvement with the gang delivers an intimate and analytical portrait unlike any other.
The Complete Gangsters & Gun Molls and Police Line-Up: Gwandanaland Comics #1198-1199 ---- Both Complete Crime Classics in One Great Book! All 8 Issues! by Avon Periodicals Book Summary:
STORIES OF VICIOUS MEN, AND WOMEN BEHIND THEIR CRIMES! No self-respecting gangster would be caught dead (pun intended) without a beautiful and deadly moll at his side – and these are the stories of those vicious vixens. These stories will leave you screaming....for more! Gwandanaland Comics has the complete 4-issue series in one exciting volume.....don't miss it, or else! YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN READING...... These are hard-hitting crime stories --- vicious criminals with nothing to lose against the brave police officers who will never let them rest! Featuring thrilling stories and the classic comic art of Wood, Kubert, Kinstler and others, along with subject matter that led to the Comics Code censorship --- drugs, torture, and “The Religious Murder Cult,” this is one of those books that gave birth to the phrase can't put it down! GWANDANALAND COMICS: We specialize in character collections – many for the first time in print; we also publish individual issues from the past as well as complete comic title series'. We take your requests and create special collections never gathered together before! At Gwandanaland Comics we take the extra time to give you the best quality possible! NEW TITLES DAILY – WRITE FOR UPDATES email@example.com SEARCHING ONLINE? INCLUDE THE WORD “GWANDANALAND” TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE MOST COMPLETE COLLECTION, THE HIGHEST QUALITY PAGES, AND THE BEST VALUE! WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IN PRINT??
The Crooked Road, Volume 3: Ellery Queen Presents Stories of Grifters, Gangsters, Hit Men, and Other Career Crooks (The Crooked Road: Ellery Queen Presents ... Hit Men, and Other Career Crooks) by Cody Liza Book Summary:
Volume Three of The Crooked Road, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine’s high-speed pursuit of fiction’s criminal underworld, makes its first stop in the urban landscape of Liza Cody’s England, where the Silver Dagger winner spins a tale of prostitution and greed in “I Am Not Fluffy”, then heads off across the U.S. with the young grifters of Art Taylor’s Derringer nominated “Rearview Mirror.” The mean streets of Detroit’s music industry feature in multiple Edgar Award winner Doug Allyn’s “The Sultans of Soul,” while New York gangsters appear in Mike Baron’s satirical “Five Stars.” Every legitimate business has its underside, as the crooked lawyers of V. S. Kemanis’s “Collector’s Find,” the pro wrestling cheats of Chris Muessig and Steve Seder’s “Death Match,” the swindlers hiding behind a catering business in Marilyn Todd’s “Something Rather Fishy,” and thugs working the auto-salvage business in Therese Greenwood’s “Wrecked” know all too well. The hit man of bestseller Lawrence Block’s “Who Knows Where It Goes” travels side by side between these covers with the hired muscle of Edgar winner Steve Hamilton’s “The Weight,” the deadly petty offenders of International Thriller Award winner Tim L. Williams’s “Where That Morning Sun Goes Down,” the poacher on the run in Edgar winner Clark Howard’s “White Wolves,” and the narco traffickers of Roger Jones’s “Clouds” and Stephen T. Vessels’ “Doloroso.” Con artists, buccaneers, and thieves take the wheel in Mary Jane Maffini’s multiple award-winning story “So Much in Common,” Toni L. P. Kelner’s swashbuckling adventure “The Pirate’s Debt,” and bestseller Jeffery Deaver’s “The Westphalian Ring.” But watch out: There’s no time to put on the brakes. . . .