Joe Mantegna does an amazing job of narrating a very well written book about the history of the Mob in Atlantic City. This book takes you through the more seedy side of Atlantic City's history. The author really did his research and the book keeps you entertained and informed.
I very much enjoyed this book and the way it was written. Although most of what it spoke about I already knew, The way the author was able to bring everything into a historical and cultural context of the time really made me think of certain events in different ways than I had before. It wasn't just the headlines of the gossip mags, it helps you understand what was going on in the mind of America at the time these events happened.
Although the book is short, it is packed with information not previously accessible to the public. As a fan of Cold War history I had read much about Azorian or "Project Jennifer" as it was known prior to 2010. Never in my dreams had I thought that my kids would eventualy see pictures of K-129's wreckage, much less myself. Norman Polmar, whose books are the best you can read on submarine history is an amazing author and does not dissapoint in this book (or in any of his others). The narrative of the people who actualy developed the Glomar and the Barge also makes for anamazing insight of the project. All in all a great read on an amazing chapter of Cold War history and one of my favorite books.
I first read this book back in the summer of 1996. Since then, I had lost my copy and was very pleased to see that they have published more now. It is as fasinating and informative now as it was back then. As a naval history fan, this book is one that really filled in what happened after the bombs stopped falling. I cant imagine what it must have been like for the men who lived through the events Mr. Raymer writes about. He really conveys the experiences and makes you feel like you are there next to him trying to make your way through complete darkness knowing that the bodies of your fellow sailors surround you. Mr. Raymer is not only an outstanding man for the work he did during the war, but also as an author, who 72 years later still keeps history alive.
Excelent overall biography on "'Ol Joe" and the people around him. Much of it is information that I had read about before but there is also a good amount that I had not known. This is very good for both readers new to the subject or for those of us who spend a lot of time reading up on Soviet History.
This book is a must for anyone interested in Cold War Spy History. It is really the story of the men who designed the listening devices, cameras and cool gadgets that helped us gather the intelligence we wanted from our adversaries. It is also the story of the men crazy enough to go in to some of these places to install them. A bit dry at times, but the authors make everything come alive so that you can understand what they are talking about even when the topic is very technical. Mr. Wallace, Melton and Schelsinger have truly helped us peek inside one of the most amazing parts of our history.
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