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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (67 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Lucas Narrator: Cary Hite Publisher: Buck 50 Productions Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538464779
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In his own words, real-life American gangster Frank Lucas recounts his life as the former heroin dealer and organized crime boss who ran Harlem during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Determined to break the Italian Mafia’s monopoly over drug smuggling in New York, Frank cut out middlemen and began smuggling heroin into the United States directly from his source in Vietnam using the coffins of dead American soldiers. Making a million dollars per day from his “Blue Magic,” the purest heroin on the street, Frank Lucas became one of the most powerful crime lords of his time, while rubbing shoulders with the elite in entertainment, politics, and crime. This powerful memoir reveals what really happened to the man whose rise and fall was dramatized in the 2007 feature film American Gangster, exposing a startling look at the world of organized crime.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “From a sharecropper’s shack in North Carolinato the top of Harlem’s drug trade, Lucas recounts his eventful life in vivid detail…With journalist King’s aid, Lucas is a straightforward yet compelling narrator, never making excuses for his life of crime, though he has come to regret it.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] spellbinding memoir by one of Harlem’s most famous heroin smugglers…[Lucas] expresses remorse for the lives that were ruined by the product he sold, but the overall tone is a fond remembrance of a life lived in the fast lane…With the connection to American Gangster, this should be a hit with movie buffs as well as true-crime fans.”

    Library Journal

  • “His may not be a novel story, but with King’s help, [Lucas] tells it bluntly and with integrity. He doesn’t try to exonerate himself but seems to recount his deeds with ruthful honesty. Great gangsta stuff.”

    Booklist

  • “Lucas spins a yarn that gives a new view of black history that’s good enough to be paired with an outdoor porch, a few lazy hours and a cold beer on a warm Saturday night.”

    Ebony

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 12/11/2013

    " The movie is better... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shandra | 5/20/2013

    " This was a fast read. There were some typos but other than that a very good bio. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meaghan | 11/8/2012

    " This book is addicting! A true story about the life of a gangster starting at the beginning of his life.Could not put down. A must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vee | 4/20/2012

    " This book was definitely a good read but some of the celebrity anecdotes were kind of unnecessary. In many ways his tale is typical of former kingpin drug dealer feeling remorse for his past actions. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kurt | 12/19/2011

    " Started this as a book-on-CD for a roadie, but finished the trip before I finished the story and I just can't bring myself to finish it in print: crappy writing and WAY too much self-justification and humble-bragging, which is fine, so long as it's not paired with regret and mock humiliation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 12/16/2010

    " This book kept me entertained from start to finish.Frank Lucas was a bad mother,shut your mouth,drug
    lord.If you want to read an exciting true crime story,read this book.

    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shandra | 7/23/2010

    " This was a fast read. There were some typos but other than that a very good bio. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vee | 7/6/2010

    " This book was definitely a good read but some of the celebrity anecdotes were kind of unnecessary. In many ways his tale is typical of former kingpin drug dealer feeling remorse for his past actions.
    "

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About the Author

Frank Lucas’ organized crime career was the focus of the 2007 film American Gangster.

About the Narrator

Cary Hite has performed in several theaters across the country as a cast member in the longest-running African American play in history, The Diary of Black Men. He also appeared in Edward II, Fences, Macbeth, Good Boys, Side Effects May Vary, and the indie feature The City Is Mine. He has voiced several projects for AudibleKids, including Souls Look Back in Wonder, From Slave Ship to Freedom Road, and Papa, Do You Love Me?