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Daughter of the King: Growing Up in Gangland | [Sandra Lansky, William Stadiem]

Daughter of the King: Growing Up in Gangland

In this tell-all memoir, the only daughter of the man who was considered the "brains of the Mob" opens the door on her glamorous - and tragic - life. Sandi Lansky Lombardo, daughter of Mob boss Meyer Lansky, was raised in New York City in upper-class Jewish splendor and spent her childhood in the undeniable glitz of Havana and Las Vegas in Lansky's heyday in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. She dined out with her father and his associates when she was six and was introduced to Frank Sinatra when she was 11.
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In this tell-all memoir, the only daughter of the man who was considered the "brains of the Mob" opens the door on her glamorous - and tragic - life. Sandi Lansky Lombardo, daughter of Mob boss Meyer Lansky, was raised in New York City in upper-class Jewish splendor and spent her childhood in the undeniable glitz of Havana and Las Vegas in Lansky's heyday in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. She dined out with her father and his associates when she was six and was introduced to Frank Sinatra when she was 11. She knew Bugsy Siegel and Uncle Lucky Luciano and met Howard Hughes and Joseph Kennedy. She was the Paris Hilton of her day: Partying until dawn at El Morocco and the Stork Club, married at 16, romanced by Dean Martin at 19. She was pampered and protected, but her life was also full of tragedy: Her mother was mentally ill and her eldest brother severely handicapped, and Mob violence repeatedly invaded the world of their friends and family. In Daughter of the King, Sandi recounts for the first time the grandeur - and heartbreak - of her life as the daughter of one of the most powerful mobsters in America. Sandi takes listeners back in time to tell the story of her life - one lived in a glamorous but troubled world where nothing ever turned out to be quite as it seemed.

©2014 Sandra Lansky Lombardo (P)2014 Tantor

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    What disappointed you about Daughter of the King?

    Absolutely no context whatsoever unless you like shopping, moving, dining,and are into whining and complaining. Did not finish as the narrator was as bad as the book. The most grating, monotone accent ever.
    No secrets "exposed"; just life with daddy and mommy,with these two words comprising the majority of the word count.


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    Derek West Chicago, Il, United States 05-02-14
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    "She has had an interesting life."
    If you could sum up Daughter of the King in three words, what would they be?

    Wishing for more!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Meyer Lansky, was a fascinating person. His daughter certainly has an interesting perspective of the legend.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    There's more to the Legend.


    Any additional comments?

    Having just finished American Desperado, prior to this listen, I was waiting for Lansky's view on how the stepson was murdered.

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