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American Gangster and Other Tales of New York | [Mark Jacobson]

American Gangster and Other Tales of New York

In the 1970s, Frank Lucas was the king of the Harlem drug trade, bringing in over a million dollars a day. He lived a glamorous life, hobnobbing with athletes, musicians, and politicians, but Lucas was a ruthless gangster. He was notorious for using the coffins of dead GIs to smuggle heroin into the United States, and, before being sentenced to 70 years in prison, he played a major role in the near death of New York City.
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In the 1970s, Frank Lucas was the king of the Harlem drug trade, bringing in over a million dollars a day. He lived a glamorous life, hobnobbing with athletes, musicians, and politicians, but Lucas was a ruthless gangster. He was notorious for using the coffins of dead GIs to smuggle heroin into the United States, and, before being sentenced to 70 years in prison, he played a major role in the near death of New York City.

In American Gangster, Mark Jacobson's captivating account of the life of Frank Lucas joins other tales of New York City from the past 30 years. The collection features a number of Jacobson's most famous essays, as well as previously unpublished works and more recent articles. Together, they create a vibrant, many-layered portrait of the most fascinating city in the world, by one of the most acclaimed journalists of our time.

©2007 Mark Jacobson; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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    Rick New Rochelle, NY, USA 12-03-07
    Rick New Rochelle, NY, USA 12-03-07 Member Since 2008
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    "American Gangster and Other Tales"

    Excellent collection of journalistic bits and pieces. Jacobson is a really engaging writer who loves New York. He worked at Village Voice and New York magazine. Several stories focus on the NY underworld, but they are biographical sketches of characters. As such, they provide great historical backdrop to NY in the 70's, 80's and the 21st century. HIs stories sparked the TV series Taxi, and the movie, American Gangster.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-03-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 01-03-11

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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    A great book, a great narrator and the stories in it, are extremely interesting. Definitely worth a listen....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark San Diego, CA, United States 07-06-08
    Mark San Diego, CA, United States 07-06-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Bait and Switch"

    I was hoping to hear a lot more detail regarding the life of Frank Lucas. Rather, only there was only about 1 hour of this 9+ hour book devoted to the story of Frank Lucas. Appoximatly 8 hours of this book consisted of other short stories written by the same author; not what I was looking for.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    gregory Mission, KS, 66202 06-12-11
    gregory Mission, KS, 66202 06-12-11
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    "Total Bait and Switch."

    Like one of the reviewers before me I was definately let down by the one hour at most about Frank Lucas. The rest of the stories were unrelated to Frank Lucas and had nothing to do with his gang or the police department involved with Frank Lucas. I definately felt duped! This audio book should read stories about New York People. Don't get it if your looking for Frank Lucas imformation!

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    Jemal USA 11-13-08
    Jemal USA 11-13-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Behind the Scenes"

    I loved the vocal delivery that the narrator injected into the reading of this book. The book should’ve been entitled "American Gangster - behind the scenes". I think it was very interesting on how he explained on how the movie came about and how the actual person felt about it (Frank Lucas). It could've been more detailed but since I saw the movie it gave me a few bits and pieces that were missing from the actual movie. If you liked the movie I would definitely recommend to this book.

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    Michael santa ana, CA, USA 12-27-07
    Michael santa ana, CA, USA 12-27-07
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    "OK"

    Not really what I expected. I thought it was an entire book on American Gangsters.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Not a Frank lucas biography"

    Maybe this should be retitled '45 mins about Frank lucas and 9hrs15 mins of random selections of uninteresting stories taken from the authors articles in the NEW YORK MAGAZINE'

    A promising start but as soon as the subject changes from 'American Gangster' Frank lucas, then my interest dropped totally.
    This only gets two stars for the quality of the narrator, otherwise it would have been one.
    Maybe of some interest to ex pats.
    But limited use to others, and none whatsoever to those looking for either a Frank Lucas bio or audiobook of the film.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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