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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (307 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Buntin Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A journalist and case writer presents a social history of Los Angeles, from Prohibition to the Watts riots, focusing on the long-running war between notorious gangster Mickey Cohen and the man who would become the city's most famous police chief, William H. Parker.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Meleya | 2/14/2014

    " It took me quite awhile to understand what was going on in this history. Too many names to follow - a chart on my bookmark may have helped. Once I got the point I really enjoyed all of the stories. Interesting history of the Hollywood names and the Kennedys. Enjoyable read in the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ron Burch | 2/11/2014

    " Thought it was disappointing. A rather dry book. While it was an interesting story on how the LAPD evolved from a very corrupt organization based on the leadership of William Parker. What I didn't think worked was trying to establish Mickey Cohen as an antagonist, which felt like a stretch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ivan Rott | 2/10/2014

    " I started reading this BEFORE I found out it was going to be turned into a TV series. For that, I feel a great sense of accomplishment. Also, it was a fascinating read. I love films noir (and I live in L.A.), so this was right up my alley. Buntin did some great research and the sources and notes in the back are helpful and well-referenced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jermajesty Slosky | 1/18/2014

    " An absorbing, sharply written and extremely well researched pop history. I feel like, even though I've already lived in the area for several years, I now understand the city much better just from having read this book. "

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