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Lucky Luciano : the real and the fake gangster

Author: Timothy Newark
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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For the first twenty-five years of his criminal career, Charles "Lucky" Luciano was a vicious mobster who rose to become the multimillionaire king of the New York underworld. For the next twenty-five years of his life, Luciano was a legend---but a fake master criminal without real power, his evil reputation manipulated and maintained by the government agents who had put him behind bars. Drawing on secret government  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Lucky Luciano; Lucky Luciano
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Newark
ISBN: 9780312601829 0312601824
OCLC Number: 526077072
Description: xvi, 300 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Lucky in Nazi Germany --
How to become a gangster --
Uptown gambler --
Surviving the ride --
War of the Sicilian bosses --
Top of the pile --
Lucky in Hollywood --
City of sex --
Lucky on trial --
Nazis in New York --
Talking to the devil himself --
Lucky goes to war --
Cuba fiasco --
Cold war warrior --
Narcotics overlord --
Genovese's game --
Lucky in love --
Death in Naples.
Responsibility: Tim Newark.

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For the first twenty-five years of his criminal career, Charles "Lucky" Luciano was a vicious mobster who rose to become the multimillionaire king of the New York underworld. For the next twenty-five years of his life, Luciano was a legend---but a fake master criminal without real power, his evil reputation manipulated and maintained by the government agents who had put him behind bars. Drawing on secret government documents from archives in the United States and Europe, this myth-busting biography tells the real story from Luciano's early days as a top hit man for the Mob to his exploits running sex and narcotics empires. His criminal career abruptly ended with conviction and imprisonment, but his reputation was only enhanced by rumors that he was winning World War II for the Allies in Sicily and the Mediterranean. Now, for the first time, author Tim Newark exposes the truth about what Luciano really did do to help the Allies in the war.

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