Tough Jews Fathers, Sons, and Gangster Dreams

ISBN-10: 0375705473

ISBN-13: 9780375705472

Edition: 1999

Authors: Rich Cohen

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In an L.A. delicatessen, a group of Brooklyn natives gets together to discuss basketball, boxing, the weather back east, and the Jewish gangsters of yesteryear. Meyer Lansky. Bugsy Siegel. Louis Lepke, the self-effacing mastermind of Murder, Inc. Red Levine, the Orthodox hit man who refused to kill on the Sabbath. Abe "Kid Twist" Reles, who looked like a mama's boy but once buried a rival alive. These are just some of the vibrant, vicious characters Rich Cohen's father reminisced about and the author evokes so pungently in Tough Jews. Tracing a generation of Jewish gangsters from the candy stores of Brownsville to the clubhouses of the Lower East Side--and, occasionally, to suites at the Waldorf--Cohen creates a densely anecdotal and gruesomely funny history of muscle, moxie, and money. Filled with fixers and schlammers, the squeal of tires and the rattle of gunfire, his book shatters stereotypes as deftly as its subjects once shattered kneecaps.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/20/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Rich Cohen has written for The New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine, among many other publications. He is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, and recently cowrote a filmscript. He lives in New York City.

Nate 'n' Al's
Abe and Buggsy
The Moderns
War in Brownsville
Delegates at Large
Corners
On the Lam
Dead or Out of Town
The Warriors
Epilogue: Nate 'n' Al's
Afterword to The Vintage Edition
A Note on Sources
Bibliography
Index
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