Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of L.A.'s Notorious Mobster [NOOK Book]

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This biography of celebrity gangster Mickey Cohen digs past the sensational headlines to deliver a remarkable story of a man who captivated, corrupted, and terrorized Los Angeles for a generation.

When Bugsy Siegel was murdered, his henchman Mickey Cohen took over the criminal activity in Los Angeles. Mickey Cohen attained such power and dominance from the late 1940s until 1976 that he was a regular above-the-fold newspaper name, accumulating ...
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Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of L.A.'s Notorious Mobster

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Overview

This biography of celebrity gangster Mickey Cohen digs past the sensational headlines to deliver a remarkable story of a man who captivated, corrupted, and terrorized Los Angeles for a generation.

When Bugsy Siegel was murdered, his henchman Mickey Cohen took over the criminal activity in Los Angeles. Mickey Cohen attained such power and dominance from the late 1940s until 1976 that he was a regular above-the-fold newspaper name, accumulating a remarkable count of more than 1,000 front-pages in Los Angeles papers alone, and was featured in hundreds of articles in national and international periodicals. His story and the history of mid-century L.A. are inextricably intertwined.

Mickey Cohen is a seductive, premium-octane blend of true crime and Hollywood that spins around a wildly eccentric mob boss. Author Tere Tereba delivers tales of high life, high drama, and highly placed politicians, among them RFK and Richard Nixon, as well as revelations about countless icons, including Shirley Temple, Lana Turner, Frank Sinatra, and the Reverend Billy Graham. Meticulously researched, this rich tapestry presents a complete look at the Los Angeles underworld.
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"Tereba brings the bantamweight crook back to vivid life in this biography. . . . This is a remarkable biography, in that Tereba takes a long-gone, mostly forgotten criminal and through her lively re-creation of the '20s and '30s, the decades in which Cohen was formed, and the later years when he ruled, makes you care." —-Booklist
Booklist
Tereba brings the bantamweight crook back to vivid life in this biography, along with the night clubs and race tracks he frequented and the no-holds-barred L.A. in which he flourished. This is a remarkable biography.
Library Journal
Fedoras, tommy guns, and brutal public assaults are the province of the silver screen, but they were at one time a fixture of Hollywood life. Journalist and fashion designer Tereba's biography of Los Angeles mobster Mickey Cohen (1913–76) sets out to reveal the true story behind the glitzy legends and traces Cohen's influence through Tinseltown and beyond. The number of people in Cohen's life was so great that Tereba includes a "cast of characters," not seen for this review. Although the writing sometimes veers into film noir territory, it's hard not to get caught up in the descriptions of the opulent lifestyle maintained by the gangster and his cronies, despite the heavy toll it took on them, financially and physically. Cohen's personal habits and predilections are given particular attention, and the author channels Cohen's calm when recounting explosions, beatings, and the burials of bodies in lye. VERDICT For readers who revel in old movies, stories about gangsters in double-breasted suits, and midcentury Los Angeles. Recommended.—Kate Sheehan, Bibliomation, Middlebury, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770902039
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 262,142
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Tere Tereba is an award-winning fashion designer and journalist. She has written for Interview and Italian Vogue and her account of Jim Morrison in Paris was selected by The Doors to appear in their book, The Doors: An Illustrated History. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Table of Contents

Prologue a Dangerous Place 1

Act I The California Wildcat

1 Boyle Heights Boychik 7

2 School of Hard Knocks 14

3 The Coasters 29

4 Fields of Manna 39

5 Young Blood 51

6 Picked from the Chorus 60

7 Hollywood Byzantine 72

Act II King of The Sunset Strip

8 Puttin'on the Dog 83

9 A Thousand Hinky Plays 100

10 High Jingo 109

11 Smog Alert 122

12 Star-Crossed 137

13 Bum-Steered and Bum-Rapped 141

14 Tsuris 150

15 Death and Taxes 162

16 Judas and Iago 172

Act III The Long Goodbye

17 Shifting Winds 179

18 Brave New World 187

19 Sacrificial Lamb 196

20 Ink Junky 207

21 The Oscar 215

22 Bombshells and Bobby 233

23 End Games 248

24 Relic 263

Cast of Characters 279

Notes on the Text 294

Selected Bibliography 312

Photo Credits 317

Index 318

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    If you lived in Los Angeles in the 50's & 60's and you want

    If you lived in Los Angeles in the 50's & 60's and you want to know a little more local crime history behind yesteryears headlines, you'll love this book. The story of those days flowed loaded with juicy nuggets and trivia. I didn't want it to end (I'm sure Mickey would have wanted it to go on for at least several more chapters too). It briefly brought back to life a lot of colorful and shady (downright muderous) characters from that era. I strongly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Great Book for the history of Los Angeles in the 40's 50's 60's

    Very good book. Lots of LA history of the 50's 60's and the best book on Mickey Cohen i have read

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