Lucky Luciano

The Real and the Fake Gangster

Tim Newark

Thomas Dunne Books

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An extraordinary biography that has never been told before—in which the mobster best known for helping the Allies invade Sicily in WWII is revealed as a fraud

For the first twenty-five years of his career, Lucky Luciano was a vicious mobster who became the king of the New York underworld. For the next twenty-five, he was a fake, his reputation maintained by government agents.
In this myth-busting biography Tim Newark tells the real story of the gangster from his early days as a hitman to his sex and narcotics empires, and exposes Luciano’s decades long deception by detailing what he really did to help the Allies, even working as a Cold War agent, entangled in foreign conspiracies.

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1LUCKY IN NAZI GERMANYJack Diamond, thirty-four years old, successful owner of the Hotsy Totsy Club on Broadway in New York City, rested comfortably in the plush surroundings of a first-class passenger car on the Ostend-Vienna Express on the evening of September 1, 1930. He'd had a wine-fueled dinner and was chatting away to four other gentlemen attired in elegant suits. The next day they would be in Germany, but at midnight the express shuddered to a halt on the frontier at Aix-la-Chapelle. German police--armed with Luger nine-millimeter Parabellum pistols--clattered through

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Praise for Lucky Luciano

Advance Praise for Lucky Luciano

“Great detective work here. Tim Newark has uncovered fascinating new angles on the Lucky Luciano story and tells it well.”---John Dickie, author of Cosa Nostra: A History of the Sicilian Mafia

“Tim Newark’s beautifully written and thoroughly researched studies offer new information and penetrating insights on hitherto little-known chapters in the history of American organized crime.”---Robert Rockaway, author of But He Was Good to His Mother: The Lives and Crimes of Jewish Gangsters

"This interesting book separates the truth about Luciano from the stories and movies about his life."--The Oklahoman

Praise for Mafia Allies

“The victory of Mafia Allies is the depth the author brings to the subject.”---New York Post

Mafia Allies follows the fortunes of the Italian and American Cosa Nostra during the Second World War and brilliantly explodes a large number of myths in the process.”---Daily Telegraph (UK)


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Tim Newark

TIM NEWARK is author of Mafia Allies, editor of Military Illustrated, and has contributed book reviews to the Financial Times, Time Out, and Daily Telegraph. He has worked as a scriptwriter and consultant for seven TV documentary series for the History Channel and BBC Worldwide. He lives in London.

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Lucky Luciano
The Real and the Fake Gangster
Tim Newark

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
August 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312601829
ISBN10: 0312601824
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$26.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
September 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250002648
ISBN10: 1250002648
5.5 x 8.25 inches, 328 pages, Plus one 8-page black-and-white photo insert
$16.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
September 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429960779
ISBN10: 1429960779
320 pages, Plus one 8-page black-and-white photograph insert
$9.99
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