In Being Oscar,one of America’s most celebrated criminal defense attorneys recounts the stories and cases of his epic life. The Mafia’s go-to defender, he has tried an estimated 300 criminal cases, and won most of them. His roster of clients reads like a history of organized crime: Meyer Lansky, Nicky Scarfo, and “Lefty” Rosenthal, as well as Mike Tyson and boxing promoter Don King, along with a midget, a dentist, and a federal judge.
After thirty-five years as a defender, he ran for mayor of Las Vegas, and America’s greatest Mob lawyer became the mayor of its sexiest city. He was so popular his image appeared on the 5, 25, and 100 chips. While mayor of Vegas, he starred on the screen in Rush Hour 2 and CSI. He is as large a character in the history of organized crime as any of his clients and as legendary a figure in the history of Las Vegas as the entrepreneurs (his friends and clients) who built the city. This is his astonishing story—the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
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About the Author
Oscar Goodman, the former mayor of Las Vegas, is now the official spokesperson for the city, a director emeritus of The Mob Museum, and the namesake for the restaurant “Oscar’s Beef, Booze & Broads.” His wife is the current mayor of Las Vegas, serving until 2016.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Las Vegas
1 The Man and the Brand 3
2 Never Back Down 9
3 What They Don't Teach in Law School 23
4 Playing Fast and Loose 39
Part 2 Goodfellas
5 The Black Book 65
6 Heavyweights I Have Known 83
7 A Nineteen-Minute Defense 95
8 I Never Represented a Rat 117
9 A Visit to the Mustang Ranch 141
10 IBM, Not FBI 159
Part 3 City Hall
11 From Mob Lawyer to Mayor 181
12 Bitten by the Bug 193
13 A River in the Desert 203
14 Problems with the President 225
15 Fun in the Playboy Suite 233
16 To Rome, with Showgirls 249
17 Benevolent Dictator 263
18 All in the Family 271
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I like odd ball stories and this book is filled with them. A five star book.
Oscar Gooman is known for a lot of bizarre things, like advocating that graffiti artists have their thumbs amputated. He's more than just one bizarre story though, as this book shows. Oscar tells about being the mob's go to defender. It's a great read. Five stars.