The Luciano Story

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No gangster has ever been more powerful than Charles ”Lucky” Luciano (1897–1962). By the mid-1920s, he had taken over the New York bordellos and was making more than a million dollars a year. In 1931 he engineered the murders of the two reigning New York crime bosses, Joe Masseria and Salvatore Maranzano, and quickly took over the entire New York crime racket. Now Luciano was the Boss of Bosses, the undisputed leader of the National Crime Syndicate which he had established, along with Meyer Lansky, Louis ”Lepke” ...

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Overview

No gangster has ever been more powerful than Charles ”Lucky” Luciano (1897–1962). By the mid-1920s, he had taken over the New York bordellos and was making more than a million dollars a year. In 1931 he engineered the murders of the two reigning New York crime bosses, Joe Masseria and Salvatore Maranzano, and quickly took over the entire New York crime racket. Now Luciano was the Boss of Bosses, the undisputed leader of the National Crime Syndicate which he had established, along with Meyer Lansky, Louis ”Lepke” Buchalter, Joe Adonis, and Frank Costello, in the early 1930s. His fall came in 1936, when he was indicted on ninety counts of extortion and direction of harlotry. But in 1945 he was released in return for his cooperation with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He spent the rest of his life in Italy, where he ran the International Crime Syndicate, shipping millions of dollars worth of heroin into the U.S.The Luciano Story is the definitive biography of this legendary gangster, based on years of research and dozens of interviews with Luciano himself and among other firsthand accounts. First published in 1954 but long out of print, this book authenticated, for the first time, the far-reaching and sinister operations of the international crime syndicate, International, and its direction by the keenest criminal mastermind in American history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306805929
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1st Da Capo Press ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 653,330
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sid Feder was a veteran journalist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2004

    Good Read

    There unfortunately are not many good books out there on the old dons of the 20th century, but this book was very good. His life was unbeleivable, and the book did a great job at keeping up with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2002

    What can I say?

    The Luciano Story will take you to a world not viewed bby the public. A world based on family, fame, and fear. Looking corruption in the eye this book will show you just who 'Lucky Luciano' really is. You see how he started and ended in a descriptive powerful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2001

    The Luciano Story

    The Luciano Story is the true story about the life of Lucky Luciano, the most feared and respected underworld leader of all time. The book follows Luciano's life from the time he was born, to the ending years of his famed and corrupt life. Personally, I loved this book a lot, because it was very exciting and entertaining. For it follows the life of a man who built a dynasty around crime, and made a mockery out of the law. This exceptional book will keep you at the edge of your seat, and tell you all the facts you need to know about the greatest hoodlum ever: Lucky Luciano.

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