But He Was Good to His Mother: The Lives and Crimes of Jewish Gangsters

But He Was Good to His Mother: The Lives and Crimes of Jewish Gangsters

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by Robert A. Rockaway
     
 

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Now in its 7th printing - inludes more gangsters! Newly footnoted and expanded bibliography! New FBI documents! More detailed information about the alleged plot to assassinate Adolph Hitler! While doing research for this book, Prof. Robert Rockaway interviewed old-time Jewish mobsters and their families. He never knew what his subjects would say or do, so he came… See more details below

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Now in its 7th printing - inludes more gangsters! Newly footnoted and expanded bibliography! New FBI documents! More detailed information about the alleged plot to assassinate Adolph Hitler! While doing research for this book, Prof. Robert Rockaway interviewed old-time Jewish mobsters and their families. He never knew what his subjects would say or do, so he came prepared for any eventuality.

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The Jewish Agency
"It was Rockaway's mother who originally put the idea into his head of how important the mothers were in the lives of Jewish gangsters who operated during the two world wars. "True," she said when he told her some of his findings of these men, "...but he was always good to his mother."

It seemed that audiences were always more interested in personal anecdotes than official FBI files. This book talks a lot of bootlegging, gambling and narcotics smuggling. Despite what they did, their mothers still thought of them tenderly: "Louis's mother nicknamed him 'Lepkele,' an affectionate Yiddish diminutive meaning 'little Louis.'" He used this name with other gangsters, one who asked, "So from then on we all called him Lepke. How can you not like a guy who always thinks about his mother?'" According to Rockaway he was a "devoted family man who rarely drank or gambled, but outside his home he commanded an army of gangsters who extorted millions of dollars from his victims."

Rockaway sought to make But He Was Good to His Mother "...lively and entertaining, but factual," depicting the lives and times of Jewish gangsters. He also hoped to capture "an unconventional perspective on their [the gangsters'] lives."

It's quite an interesting research for a book - for a professor to undertake to interview Jewish mobsters and their families. This is what makes But He Was Good to His Mother as humorous and unique as it is, making it a worthwhile read to people in all different walks of life. Material for the book came from FBI files, newspapers, books as well as familial influences. You actually feel like you're watching a gangster movie as the tales in this book unfold. "More than twenty shots ricocheted around the room, six of them slamming into Masseria. He slumped; face down, on the table. The killing took less than a minute. Luciano left the restaurant before the police arrived and the police could find no witnesses to the shooting."

This book can be used for informal education and fun family reading on the anecdotal side of Jewish gangsters."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000923016
Publisher:
Gefen Publishing House
Publication date:
01/02/2000
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
413,933
File size:
4 MB

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