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Ryan Pettengill

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  • Hollywood's Celebrity Gangster: The Incredible Life and Times of Mickey Cohen

  • By: Brad Lewis
  • Narrated by: Kevin Fabian
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Mickey Cohen, who died in 1976, was a colorful, feared West Coast gangster-gambler who knew the biggest names in Hollywood including the Rat Pack, was a confidant of Bugsy Siegel, a friend of Las Vegas' late Liz Renay and on first names with the biggest guys in the Mafia, plus Frank Sinatra, Richard Nixon and Billy Graham. Brad Lewis' book about Cohen draws from thousands of resources - a virtual treasure trove of Mafia-related books, articles and interviews.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read

  • By Ryan Pettengill on 11-09-17

Good read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-17

The book itself is informative and well-written. The narration is too fast and jumbled to the point that it is distracting. It read like a nervous graduate student presenting a paper at his or her first ever National Conference.

  • Gangsterismo

  • The United States, Cuba and the Mafia, 1933 to 1966
  • By: Jack Colhoun
  • Narrated by: Steve Coulter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Gangsterismo is an extraordinary accomplishment, the most comprehensive history yet of the clash of epic forces over several decades in Cuba. It is a chronicle that touches upon deep and ongoing themes in the history of the Americas, and more specifically of the United States government, Cuba before and after the revolution, and the criminal networks known as the Mafia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read.

  • By Ryan Pettengill on 09-27-17

Good read.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-17

Fascinating study but more politically-focused that I imagined. It makes a meaningful contribution to the study of organized crime even if the Mafia's role gets lost at times.