The author of this book was not only the mayor of Los Vegas; he was the first executive of a major American city to have his image embossed on casino poker chips. On the other hand, he was also the first U.S. public official to have advocated that young graffiti offenders have their thumbs amputated and the first to have been a Playboy centerfold photographer. The list goes on and on... In this characteristically outspoken biography, he writes about his associations with characters including Meyer Lansky, Nicky Scarfo, Mike Tyson, and Don King. (P.S. This book is co-written with veteran reporter George Anastasia, the author of The Last Gangster and The Goodfella Tapes.)
Being Oscar: From Mob Lawyer to Mayor of Las Vegasby Oscar Goodman
In Being Oscar,one of America’s most celebrated criminal defense attorneys recounts the stories and cases of his epic life. The Mafia’s go-to defender, he has tried an estimated 300 criminal cases, and won most of them. His roster of clients reads like a history of organized crime: Meyer Lansky, Nicky Scarfo, and “Lefty”/i>… See more details below
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In Being Oscar,one of America’s most celebrated criminal defense attorneys recounts the stories and cases of his epic life. The Mafia’s go-to defender, he has tried an estimated 300 criminal cases, and won most of them. His roster of clients reads like a history of organized crime: Meyer Lansky, Nicky Scarfo, and “Lefty” Rosenthal, as well as Mike Tyson and boxing promoter Don King, along with a midget, a dentist, and a federal judge.
After thirty-five years as a defender, he ran for mayor of Las Vegas, and America’s greatest Mob lawyer became the mayor of its sexiest city. He was so popular his image appeared on the $5, $25, and $100 chips. While mayor of Vegas, he starred on the screen in Rush Hour 2 and CSI. He is as large a character in the history of organized crime as any of his clients and as legendary a figure in the history of Las Vegas as the entrepreneurs (his friends and clients) who built the city. This is his astonishing story—the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
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I like odd ball stories and this book is filled with them. A five star book.
Oscar Gooman is known for a lot of bizarre things, like advocating that graffiti artists have their thumbs amputated. He's more than just one bizarre story though, as this book shows. Oscar tells about being the mob's go to defender. It's a great read. Five stars.