Daughter of the King: Growing Up in Gangland [NOOK Book]


The only daughter of Meyer Lansky opens up about her life as a wild child of the 1950’s, her heartbreak and tragedy — including the insanity of her mother, and the crippling handicap of her baby brother - and her father’s unexpected tenderness.
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The only daughter of Meyer Lansky opens up about her life as a wild child of the 1950’s, her heartbreak and tragedy — including the insanity of her mother, and the crippling handicap of her baby brother - and her father’s unexpected tenderness.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The child of Mafia kingpin Meyer Lansky and a beautiful but unstable mother, Sandra Lansky grew up amid money, power, and celebrity. She dined in fine restaurants with her father and his mobster friends and partied at the hottest night spots. But wealth and glitz couldn't keep away all of life's tragedies: a severely disabled older brother, a chronically depressed mother, a divorce and her father's subsequent marriage to a despised stepmother, and an addiction to diet pills. Then there were the intimations of violence, including the death of her beloved Uncle Bugsy and the whispers of her father's involvement. She writes about her growing awareness of the crime that surrounded her, coming to terms with her past—and her father's—and settling down to live a happily legal existence. VERDICT Lansky's memoir chronicles an indisputably glamorous life, with some disturbing if understandable denial of the criminal enterprise that enabled it. Captivating reading for fans of celebrity memoirs and true crime.—Deirdre Bray, Middletown P.L., OH
The New York Times Book Review - Domenica Ruta
The book is studded with riveting personal stories about Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Luciano, Sinatra and the Kennedys. Sandra Lansky, along with her co-writer, William Stadiem, has assembled a work of retrospective honesty that delivers an intimate look inside the mob.
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"Lansky tells of an adoration of her father that rings...touching...Yet she does not hold back spilling details of the colorful gangster characters that made up this perilous, vanished world"—Publisher's Weekly

"A fascinating account of a girl and her father, a man who happened to be a criminal." -Booklist

Kirkus Reviews
A biography of a true Mafia princess that leaves a lot to the imagination, despite assistance from veteran Hollywood chronicler Stadiem (Moneywood: Hollywood in Its Last Age of Excess, 2013, etc.). It's no secret that readers are fascinated by the rich, the famous and the criminal, so it's no surprise that Sandra Lansky, daughter of infamous mob boss Meyer Lansky (1902–1983), has a platform from which to share her story. However, this is no insider's account of the Mafia's heyday. The author, in what seems to be an attempt to protect her father's memory from the stain of organized crime, hasn't just whitewashed the story; she's bleached it. Lansky refers to many of the men in the book as "uncle," but she claims to know little about the machinations of her father and his associates. She does cover the basics: Meyer was in business with all the usual suspects, was intimately involved with gambling, had a hand in Las Vegas and built a resort in Cuba. Unfortunately, the author provides very few details of the business, elements that would make the tale far more intriguing. When she does speak of her father and his associates, she is intent on convincing readers that they were honest businessmen, demonized by a cruel and unfair government. Personal details are in better supply, but even when writing about her sex life, drug use or fear over her father's legal troubles, the narrative is only surface deep. Though she writes about her past truthfully, the prose lacks revelation. Lansky admits candidly that she was spoiled and lived in forced silence, but she writes wistfully, as though she wishes for a life forever frozen in childhood. For a more mature and nuanced look at the life of Meyer Lansky and his family, look elsewhere. A good place to start: Robert Lacey's Little Man (1991).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602862166
  • Publisher: Weinstein Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 53,694
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Sandra Lansky lives in Florida with her husband.

William Stadiem is a multiple New York Times bestselling writer and the author of eight books. He is a master of re-creating the glamour of America’s golden era with his bestsellers Marilyn Monroe Confidential, Mr. S: MyLife with Frank Sinatra, and George Hamilton’s Don’t Mind If I Do. He abandoned Wall Street for Sunset Boulevard, where he has since worked as a screenwriter, a columnist for Andy Warhol’s Interview, and the restaurant critic for Los Angeles. He lives in Santa Monica, California.
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