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Tough Jews : Fathers, Sons, and Gangster Dreams - Rich Cohen

Tough Jews

Fathers, Sons, and Gangster Dreams

Paperback Published: 20th April 1999
ISBN: 9780375705472
Number Of Pages: 304

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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.

Industry Reviews

Exuberant. . .a vivid narrative. . . . Tough Jews brings familiar history back to life." --The New York Times

"Warmly and affectionately rendered. . .these vignettes bring a lost generation of antiheroes to life." --The Boston Globe

"Vivid and colorful. . .fascinating." --Los Angeles Times

"If the Mafia has its Mario Puzo, the Jewish troops of Murder, Inc. deserve their Rich Cohen. . .entertaining, defiantly romantic." --Newsweek

ISBN: 9780375705472
ISBN-10: 0375705473
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 20th April 1999
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.23  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.28

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