Of Rats and Men: Oscar Goodman's Life from Mob Mouthpiece to Mayor of Las Vegas

Of Rats and Men: Oscar Goodman's Life from Mob Mouthpiece to Mayor of Las Vegas

by John L. Smith
     
 

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For more than 35 years, Oscar Goodman was the country’s pre-eminent defense attorney for alleged gangsters. His endless client list included Meyer Lansky, Nick Civella, Anthony Spilotro, Frank Rosenthal, Jimmy Chagra, Natale Richichi, Nicky Scarfo, and Vinny Ferrara, along with many others. Though no further connect between Goodman and the Mafia has ever been

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For more than 35 years, Oscar Goodman was the country’s pre-eminent defense attorney for alleged gangsters. His endless client list included Meyer Lansky, Nick Civella, Anthony Spilotro, Frank Rosenthal, Jimmy Chagra, Natale Richichi, Nicky Scarfo, and Vinny Ferrara, along with many others. Though no further connect between Goodman and the Mafia has ever been proved, the famous litigator has often been accused of being more than just a mouthpiece for organized crime.

Was Goodman only what he claims, an attorney who defended his clients based on the simple principle that they, too, have constitutional rights? And if so, how did he manage to mingle with the mob for decades without becoming part of it?

After scores of unlikely courtroom victories, Goodman pulled off an even more unlikely career change. Twice elected mayor of Las Vegas, he went from legal spokesman for the most notorious crime figures of our era to political spokesman for the most notorious city in the country.

Of Rats and Men is the story of Mafia informants, made men, over-zealous government agents, a courtroom wizard, and the “happiest mayor in America.” It’s the biography of Oscar Goodman.

Editorial Reviews

John Grochowski
It's a fascinating, thoroughly researched look at the seeming improbability of the attorney to some of the biggest names in the crime pages being elected to the mayor's office. ... Of Rats and Men is a first-rate profile of one of our most unusual public figures. This Las Vegas book deserves attention far beyond those interested in gambling.
Chicago Sun-Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935396475
Publisher:
Huntington Press
Publication date:
08/01/2012
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
889,271
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

The most widely read columnist in Nevada, John L. Smith has been honored by the National Headliner Awards, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and the Nevada Press Association. In 2001, John was named a finalist for the prestigious Batten Medal. He appears regularly on national television shows and was a featured source for the award-winning British documentary Mob Law: The True Story of Oscar Goodman.

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