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Bugsy Siegel: The Dark Side of the American Dream Audiobook, by Michael Shnayerson Extended Sample Click for printable size audiobook cover
Author: Michael Shnayerson Narrator: Steven Jay Cohen Publisher: Tantor Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2021 ISBN: 9781705286661
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In a brief life that led to a violent end, Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel (1906–1947) rose from desperate poverty to ill-gotten riches, from an early-twentieth-century family of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants on the Lower East Side to a kingdom of his own making in Las Vegas. In this captivating portrait, author Michael Shnayerson sets out not to absolve Bugsy Siegel but rather to understand him in all his complexity.

Through the 1920s, 1930s, and most of the 1940s, Bugsy Siegel and his longtime partner in crime Meyer Lansky engaged in innumerable acts of violence. As World War II came to an end, Siegel saw the potential for a huge, elegant casino resort in the sands of Las Vegas. Jewish gangsters built nearly all of the Vegas casinos that followed. Then, one by one, they disappeared. Siegel's story laces through a larger, generational story of eastern European Jewish immigrants in the early- to mid-twentieth century. Download and start listening now!

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About the Author

Michael Shnayerson, a longtime contributing editor to Vanity Fair, is the author of Irwin Shaw, The Car That Could, The Killers Within, and Coal River, which recounted the efforts of Appalachian lawyers and grassroots groups to stop the devastating practice of mountaintop coal removal in southern West Virginia. His passion for those environmental activists contributed to Harry Belafonte choosing him to collaborate on his autobiography. Shnayerson has been a reporter at the Santa Fe Reporter, a staff writer for Time, and a consulting editor at Conde Nast Traveler. His book The Car That Could was named one of the best business books of 1996 by BusinessWeek. He lives in Bridgehampton, New York, with his daughter.

About the Narrator

Steven Jay Cohen has been telling stories his whole life, and has worked professionally as a storyteller since 1991. A classically trained actor, he has worked both on stage and behind the microphone for most of his career. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Steven now resides in scenic western Massachusetts.