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

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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 connection 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 Oscar Goodman only what he claims, an ...
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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 connection 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 Oscar 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, overzealous government agents, a courtroom wizard, and the "happiest mayor in America." It's the biography of Oscar Goodman.
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935396475
  • Publisher: Huntington Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 515
  • Sales rank: 467,823
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Prologue: Living In The House the Mob Built xiii
1 From West Philadelphia to West of Arizona 1
2 The Green Felt Jungle on $87 27
3 The Sporting Life 37
4 Meeting the Little Man--Almost 47
5 Lefty and the Little Guy 55
6 The Trouble with Tony 71
7 A Fool's Gold Rush 87
8 Jimmy Chagra's Luck 99
9 Offing Maximum John 107
10 Trial of the Century 115
11 Tony in Trouble 129
12 The Rise and Fall of Mr. Frank Rosenthal 141
13 A Family in Decline 153
14 The Trouble with Harry 161
15 Fighting Wars on Two Fronts 181
16 Impeachment Blues 207
17 The Philadelphia Story 219
18 Chicken Wing and the Rats 229
19 The Underworld Turned Upside Down 245
20 Last of the Stand-up Guys 267
21 Bright Lights, Billable Hours 277
22 Devils and Angels 293
23 The Candidate 313
24 The Happiest Mayor 343
Doing It His Way: An Epilogue In Motion 377
Selected Bibliography 385
Notes 393
Index 407
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