Tough Jews : Fathers Sons and Gangster Dreams review é 103

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Tough Jews : Fathers, Sons, and Gangster Dreams review é 103 ï In an LA 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 In an LA 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. If one wants to really learn something about Jewish gangsters I recommend they pick up Albert Fried's Rise and Fall of the Jewish Gangster or Nick Tosches' King of the Jews scholarly and literary contemplation of Arnold Rothstein Those are terrific works; Cohen's book ain'tMy chief complaint How Cohen bookended things with enervating tales about his father and his father's cohort of ancient ex Brooklynites who although they haven't lived in New York for over sixty years like to pretend they are hardcore Kings County toughs while gorging themselves in a Los Angeles diner As if eating a bagel with some lox and telling naughty stories peppered with cusswords a true Brooklynite makes Get the hell out of hereRich here's some advice no one cares about how kooky your Dad acted at age 15 or how he was pals with Larry King You should've kept the narrative limited to the exploits of the actual gangsters you know people who do not put the reader to sleep Oooh your Dad said saucy things to other parents in the whitebread Illinois suburb where you grew up He was an insurance salesman for fucksake Please spare us the family insight which boils down to Daddy is a rascally extrovert and my privileged suburban life is boringOtherwise Some emminently readable rehashings of famous gangster skits

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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 JewsTracing a generation of Jewish gangsters from the candy stores of Brownsville to the clubhouses of. What shouldcould have been a research novel about the transformation of the American Jew from gangster to nebbish in pop culture instead is a series of anecdotes without factual weight The author's attempt to honor his father's stories and memories is undercut by his lack of hard facts and biographies of some notable and fascinating characters The tough Jews that were the precursors to the Italian Mafia deserve better

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Tough Jews Fathers Sons and Gangster DreamsThe 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 sueal of tires and the rattle of gunfire his book shatters stereotypes as deftly as its subjects once shattered kneecap. An enjoyable intro to Jewish gangsters I could have done without the constant self aggrandizing machismo from the author though