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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (141 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Jacobson Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 seventy 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 thirty 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 The collection features a number of Jacobson’s most famous essays, as well as previously unpublished works and more recent articles.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.

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  • “Whether covering the high life or lowlifes, Jacobson boasts a novelistic eye and muscular prose in the tradition of urban chroniclers like Joseph Mitchell, A. J. Liebling, and Pete Hamill.”

    Entertainment Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kelsey | 2/28/2013

    " It had some amazing stories and some ok ones. If you love New York then you will probably love it. It really gives you an idea of what it is like, especially the seedy side of NYC "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by MelancholyDragon | 2/25/2013

    " I dunno. This was okay. It had some good stories from back in the day and then it had some stories that were just blah blah blah. Mediocre book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robert | 6/28/2012

    " It was a fast moving book. I thought it was a really good story, and I breezed through it. I really want to see this movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brody | 8/20/2011

    " Interesting perspective from a columnist. Guy has a lot of good stories, and some are exceptionally well written... Some are really long winded. "

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