Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles

Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles

by Paul Lieberman
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Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles by Paul Lieberman

"Read this man's book." --James Ellroy

A harrowing, edge-of-your-seat narrative of murder and secrets, revenge and heroism in the City of Angels—the real events behind the blockbuster Warner Brothers film starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.

GANGSTER SQUAD chronicles the true story of the secretive police unit that waged an anything-goes war to drive Mickey Cohen and other hoodlums from Los Angeles after WWII. In 1946, the LAPD launched the Gangster Squad with eight men who met covertly on street corners and slept with Tommy guns under their beds. But for two cops, all that mattered was nailing the strutting gangster Mickey Cohen. Sgt. Jack O'Mara was a square-jawed church usher, Sgt. Jerry Wooters a cynical maverick. About all they had in common was their obsession. So O'Mara set a trap to prove Mickey was a killer. And Wooters formed an alliance with Mickey's budding rival, Jack "The Enforcer" Whalen. Two cops -- two hoodlums. Their fates collided in the closing days of the 1950s, when late one night "The Enforcer" confronted Mickey and his crew. The aftermath would shake both LA's mob and police department, and signal the end of a defining era in the city's history.

Warner Brothers developed the film Gangster Squad based on the research award-winning journalist Paul Lieberman conducted for this book, which reveals the unbelievable true stories behind the film. He spent more than a decade tracking down and interviewing surviving members of the real police unit as well as families and associates of the mobsters they pursued. Gangster Squad is a tour-de-force narrative reminiscent of LA Confidential.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250020161
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 609,534
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

PAUL LIEBERMAN spent 24 years as a writer and editor at the Los Angeles Times and before that was projects editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has won dozens of journalism honors, including the Robert F. Kennedy Awards Grand Prize, a George Polk Award, Gerald Loeb Award and American Society of Newspaper Editors Award. He also shared in two team Pulitzer Prizes at the L.A. Times, as a writer on its coverage of the Los Angeles Riots and an editor of its reporting on the Northridge Earthquake. A native New Yorker, Lieberman is a graduate of Williams College and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, where he studied law and social history. He lives in Westchester County with his wife, Heidi, a school administrator.


PAUL LIEBERMAN is a journalist with more than twenty-four years of experience at the Los Angeles Times and Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  He has won dozens of journalism honors, most for investigative projects, including: the Robert F. Kennedy Awards Grand Prize, George Polk Award, Gerald Loeb Award, American Society of Newspaper Editors Award, and Scripps Howard Foundation Award. He also shared in two Pulitzer Prizes at the Los Angeles Times.  A native New Yorker, Lieberman is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Williams College and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, where he studied law and social history. He is the author of Gangster Squad. He lives in Westchester County with his wife.

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Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book puts you back in time and makes you feel as if the characters were around you at all times.
efm More than 1 year ago
great story lines, easy reading.
AuntP More than 1 year ago
The book was ok. There were some interesting tidbits. But I found myself not really liking anyone in this book except Wooters. The writing isn't very good. It jumps and it's almost ....like something written in the 40's...The film noir it keeps talking about. It does expose the movie as utter nonsense in which nothing is real. A couple names are real but that's about it. I should have just gotten the book for free from the library---so should you
Willon More than 1 year ago
This third party perspective book was interesting but the style gets to be tiresome after about half the book. The author's timeline skips back and forth and doesn't follow a logical sequence which is what is needed in a book of this type.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did not like this book. Don't know why anyone would make this a movie. The book only keeps telling how cohen gets all this money and the cops can't get him on anything else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I went into this expecting something interesting and was very disappointed. It reads more like a textbook and was very hard to stay focused/interested in what was going on. Needless to say I wont be picking up any books by this author again.
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I read the sample it sounded interesting it is just the author telling you about the mafia and the police force no story just facts, dates and alot of characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didnt read the book and i want to see the movie but its rated r and im too young. But i think ryan gosling and emma stone are amazing actors and they are really talented.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't have the book nor the sample. But just by reading the summary and looking at the trailer of the movie on t.v., it's kind of like the video game "L.A. Noire".