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American Gangster

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The novelization of American Gangster, the major motion picture from Universal Pictures about Frank Lucas, drug czar of Harlem. The film stars Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, and is directed by Ridley Scott. For decades the Mafia controlled the flow of heroin onto the streets of Harlem. Frank Lucas changed all that. Born in rural North Carolina, he came to New York and rose to power under notorious mobster Bumpy Johnson. When Bumpy died, Frank moved to take over the drug business. Caught in a squeeze play between the Mafia and the street dealers, Frank got creative. Instead of being a tool of the mob, he went straight to the source—Cambodia—and set up his own unique distribution system. Using his brothers as his lieutenants and selling "quality" heroin in trademark blue plastic bags, Frank Lucas and his "Country Boys" became the kings of One Hundred Twenty-Fifth Street. Frank had it made. He was rich, successful, and untouchable. . . . . . . until Richie Roberts came along. Roberts, the Eliot Ness of drug enforcement, became a pariah among other detectives in the NYPD when he turned in the million dollars in cash he found in the trunk of a dealer's car. His personal life was a mess—his wife left him, and his son hardly knew him anymore—but on the job, Roberts was all business, and his business, heading up a Federal Narcotics Squad, was busting big-time dealers. His next target? Frank Lucas. This violent, action-filled chronicle of a uniquely American family is based on Ridley Scott's film, itself based on a New York magazine profile, "The Return of Superfly" by Mark Jacobson. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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Dreams Dead Ends

Author : Jack Shadoian
ISBN : 0195142926
Genre : Performing Arts
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American Gangster

Author : Mark Jacobson
ISBN : 9781848872653
Genre : History
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The untold story of Frank Lucas, New York's most notorious drugs lord during the 1970s. Now a blockbuster movie, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. In 1970s New York, the ruthless Frank Lucas was the king of the Harlem drug trade, bringing in more than a million dollars a day. At the height of his power there were so many heroin addicts buying from him on 116th Street that he claimed the Transit Authority had to change the bus routes. Lucas lived a glamorous life, hobnobbing with sport stars, musicians, and politicians, but he was also a ruthless gangster. He was notorious for using the coffins of dead GIs to smuggle heroin into the United States and before his fall, when he was sentenced to 70 years in prison, he played a major role in the near death of New York City. In American Gangster, Marc Jacobson's captivating account of the life of Frank Lucas (the basis for the forthcoming major motion picture) joins other tales of New York City from the past thirty years. It is a vibrant, intoxicating, many-layered portrait of one of the most fascinating cities in the world from one of America's most acclaimed journalists.
Category: History

Billboard

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In its 114th year, Billboard remains the world's premier weekly music publication and a diverse digital, events, brand, content and data licensing platform. Billboard publishes the most trusted charts and offers unrivaled reporting about the latest music, video, gaming, media, digital and mobile entertainment issues and trends.
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Tokyo Underworld

Author : Robert Whiting
ISBN : 9781780335179
Genre : True Crime
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In 1945, as part of the Occupation forces sent to postwar Japan Nick Zappetti, a native of Italian East Harlem, entered a world as strange as any he had ever know, In postwar Tokyo, however, he realised there were certain opportunities. He had a failed stint as a professional wrestler, and participated in a fumbled (but famous) diamond heist. He was deported but managed to return with the assistance of the Mafia. Then Nick opened a pizza joint in what would be the centre of Tokyo's nightlife and became "the king of Roppongi and Mafia boss of Tokyo," and the intimate of some of Japan's most notorious underworld figures as well as many of its political and business leaders. Following Zappetti's rising and falling fortunes, and his love-hate relationship with his adopted country, Robert Whiting show us the sinister (and sometimes ridiculous) goings-on among Tokyo's traditional criminal gangs as they developed from local racketeers and gamblers into lynchpins of international finance, politics and corruption. Here is a fresh perspective on postwar Japan and how it went from being a defeated nation to an economic player, with a little help from some less than diplomatic friends.
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Americanism Media And The Politics Of Culture In 1930s France

Author : David A. Pettersen
ISBN : 9781783168514
Genre : History
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Gangsters, aviators, hard-boiled detectives, gunslingers, jazz and images of the American metropolis were all an inextricable part of the cultural landscape of interwar France. While the French 1930s have long been understood as profoundly anti-American, this book shows how a young, up-and-coming generation of 1930s French writers and filmmakers approached American culture with admiration as well as criticism. For some, the imaginary America that circulated through Hollywood films, newspaper reports, radio programming and translated fiction represented the society of the future, while for others it embodied a dire threat to French identity. This book brings an innovative transatlantic perspective to 1930s French culture, focusing on several of the most famous figures from the 1930s – including Marcel Carné, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Pierre Drieu la Rochelle, Julien Duvivier, André Malraux, Jean Renoir and Jean-Paul Sartre – to track the ways in which they sought to reinterpret the political and social dimensions of modernism for mass audiences via an imaginary America.
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Mob Culture

Author : Lee Grieveson
ISBN : 0813535573
Genre : Performing Arts
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Sinister, swaggering, yet often sympathetic, the figure of the gangster has stolen and murdered its way into the hearts of American cinema audiences. Despite the enduring popularity of the gangster film, however, traditional criticism has focused almost entirely on a few canonical movies such as Little Caesar, Public Enemy, and The Godfather trilogy, resulting in a limited and distorted understanding of this diverse and changing genre. Mob Culture offers a long-awaited, fresh look at the American gangster film, exposing its hidden histories from the Black Hand gangs of the early twentieth century to The Sopranos. Departing from traditional approaches that have typically focused on the "nature" of the gangster, the editors have collected essays that engage the larger question of how the meaning of criminality has changed over time. Grouped into three thematic sections, the essays examine gangster films through the lens of social, gender, and racial/ethnic issues. Destined to become a classroom favorite, Mob Culture is an indispensable reference for future work in the genre.
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Paddy Whacked

Author : T. J. English
ISBN : 9780061868153
Genre : History
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Here is the shocking true saga of the Irish American mob. In Paddy Whacked, bestselling author and organized crime expert T. J. English brings to life nearly two centuries of Irish American gangsterism, which spawned such unforgettable characters as Mike "King Mike" McDonald, Chicago's subterranean godfather; Big Bill Dwyer, New York's most notorious rumrunner during Prohibition; Mickey Featherstone, troubled Vietnam vet turned Westies gang leader; and James "Whitey" Bulger, the ruthless and untouchable Southie legend. Stretching from the earliest New York and New Orleans street wars through decades of bootlegging scams, union strikes, gang wars, and FBI investigations, Paddy Whacked is a riveting tour de force that restores the Irish American gangster to his rightful preeminent place in our criminal history -- and penetrates to the heart of the American experience.
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Jet

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The weekly source of African American political and entertainment news.
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American Gangster

Author : Ron Chepesiuk
ISBN : 1903854660
Genre : Drug traffic
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Frank Lucas was the baddest dude on the mean streets of Harlem. His drug gang smuggled heroin from Vietnam to the US in American warplanes and were rumoured to hide drugs in the bodybags of dead GIs. Lucas - whose exploits are to be immortalised in a Hollywood blockbuster starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe in 2007 - is just one of a cast of larger-than-life characters in this chronicle of the history of organised crime in New York's infamous neighbourhood.
Category: Drug traffic

American Gangster

Author : Roger Harrington
ISBN : 1982956771
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AMERICAN GANGSTER: John Dillinger and Al Capone - 2 Books in 1 Featuring... *John Dillinger*Al Capone 2 Great Books in 1! John Dillinger During the great depression, banks were closing with great speed and taking customers' money with them. Nearly half of America's banks were forced to close during the crisis. Many citizens were without jobs or steady incomes. It was one of the worst economic climates in American history. The us/them mentality was stronger than ever as common people turned against the remaining banks, considering them to be heartless institutions that stole money from loyal customers while the American people suffered en masse. Outlaws like Bonnie and Clyde, and "Pretty Boy" Floyd became heroes in the eyes of the American people. These people rolled up to banks and demanded money; a feat that many destitute Americans dreamed they could do. The robbers were considered Robin Hood type characters; giving the evil, rich banks what they deserved after treating their customers so poorly. However, these thieves weren't stealing from the rich to give to the poor, as Robin Hood did; they were stealing from the rich to line their own pockets. Nevertheless, as newspapers continued to report on the exploits of the outlaws they became celebrities in their own right; as recognizable and idolized as any movie star. It was the perfect environment for the handsome, charming, and cunning John Dillinger to round up a gang of robbers and take the American banks by storm. Al Capone Although he ultimately became notorious as a crime boss engaged in bootlegging, gambling and various other illegal activities and was named by the Chicago Crime Commission as 'Public Enemy Number 1', Al Capone's beginnings were decidedly humble. Alphonse Gabriel Capone was born on 17th January 1899 in Brooklyn, New York City. Although many people turn to crime to escape their poor background, this wasn't really the case with Al Capone. His parents were respectable people who emigrated from Italy to Austria-Hungary (now Croatia) in 1893 and then by ship to the U.S. Father Gabriele was employed as a barber while mother Teresa worked for some time as a seamstress. When they arrived in America, they already had two sons and Teresa was pregnant with a third child. They lived initially in a squalid tenement building near the Navy Yard, a generally rough and noisy area although the family managed to remain normal and law-abiding. Al Capone was born the fourth of nine children, one of whom died at the age of one. This was the beginnings of America's most prolific gangster.
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Original Gangster

Author : Frank Lucas
ISBN : 9781448116294
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Criminals are not born in a vacuum, and Frank Lucas is no exception. At the age of six he watched his cousin die in a lynching and in that moment of Southern brutality, Frank Lucas, notorious gangster, billion-dollar-heroin importer and true-life inspiration for the film American Gangster was born. Original Gangster is the story of the most notorious black gangster to ever rule the streets of New York. He went from running numbers in the 50s, to importing millions of dollars of heroin in the 70s, before losing it all at the hands of a snitch. This is the ultimate tale of ambition, hubris and downfall. The original O.G., Lucas has gone down in history for his infamous business measure of cutting out middlemen in the drug trade, buying heroin directly from its source in Southeast Asia, and then smuggling it back in the coffins of dead US servicemen. Seven years of Lucas' life were dramatised for the Hollywood blockbuster American Gangster, but this is the first time that the mythical figure tells the story himself. The book delves even further into his extraordinary story, showing just what a folk hero Lucas is to contemporary urban audiences. It's a brutally honest account of a gangster and his times.
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Al Capone

Author : Roger Harrington
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AL CAPONE: American Gangster StoriesDespite Capone's violent career and the brutality of his past, there is an on-going fascination with his life. Many fictitious characters have been modelled on him and the term 'mobster' or 'gangster' invariably conjures up an image of Al Capone.There have been plenty of books and articles covering his life and some of these have been made into films. In real life, Capone's influence was enough to change the law in order to deal with him. The 1927 Supreme Court ruling that income tax was due on criminal earnings was intended to help the authorities trap criminals and was instrumental in Capone's eventual downfall. This is the true story of the life and criminal career of Al Capone, the original American gangster, and one of the most feared criminals ever to have lived.
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American Gangster Revisited

Author : Ron Chepesiuk
ISBN : 1939521130
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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How does the real life of Frank Lucas compare to the Hollywood creation "American Gangster" starring Danzel Washington and Russell Crowe? Ron Chepesiuk investigates the life and times of Frank Lucas and answers many questions: How big a drug trafficker was he? What was his relationship to the La Cosa Nostra? To legendary gangster Bumpy Johnson? Was Lucas really the man, the pioneer and criminal entrepreneur, who opened up the Asian heroin connection? Was he an informant? Did he move heroin from Asia to the U.S. using the infamous cadaver connection? What was his relationship with drug kingpin Ike Atkinson AKA Sergeant Smack? Anyone wanting to learn the real story behind Hollywood's making of a gangster legend will want to read this insightful book. It also provides interesting information on the colourful era and times in which Frank Lucas operated.
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Dope Boy Magic 3

Author : Chris Green
ISBN : 1952936063
Genre : Fiction
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The love for the drug game has risen, along with the body count, as TIPTON fights harder and harder to maintain his position. REX, Tipton's sandbox ni**a, is turning out to be a true monster of deceit, and Tipton's most fierce enemy. Will their imminent clash destroy everything and everyone in their circles? Meanwhile, when the police swarm down on the boss, JANITA must stand firm against betrayal, and keep their love divine. Will Tipton be able to bounce away from the grimey hate and blood thirst of his enemies? Or will the undercover opponents disintegrate him, and end everything he worked so hard to build? In the streets, money and envy is the root of all evil. With bullets flying at him literally and figuratively, Tipton must elevate his mind and continue to execute his uncanny DOPE BOY MAGIC or he will be eaten alive by the many snakes that are attacking his den.
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American Gangster Cinema

Author : F. Mason
ISBN : 9780230596399
Genre : Performing Arts
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Much analysis of gangster movies has been based upon a study of the gangster as a malign figuration of the American Dream, originally set in the era of the Depression. This text extends previous analysis of the genre by examining the evolution of gangster movies from the 1930s to the contemporary period and by placing them in the context of cultural and cinematic issues such as masculinity, consumerism and technology. With a close examination of many films from Scarface and Public Enemy to Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction , this book provides a fascinating insight into a topical and popular subject.
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American Gangster Operation Beaucoup Dinky Dau

Author : Steve Murphy
ISBN : 1798077140
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BASED ON THE EXPLOSIVE TRUE STORY OF A TOP SECRET COVERT OPERATION known by the innocuous cover name, "OPERATION BEAUCOUP DINKY DAU", the clandestine "unofficial, off-the-grid logistics Support Operation" to funnel millions of dollars of US military aid to the U.S. led Indigenous teams, the Montagnards in the CIA's Phoenix Program, fighting North Vietnamese forces during 1968-1973.This never before told story was never supposed to see the light of day because it tells the story of the covert operations campaign, "OBDD" waged on behalf of the US Government against the North Vietnamese, but also reveals the intimate relationship of the top leadership of the Johnson and Nixon administrations in that campaign. A special unit in the Pentagon was tasked to supervise the mission authorization program. Known as the Office of Special Assistant for Counterinsurgency and Special Activities (SACSA) and reporting directly to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, it was responsible for coordinating the approval procedures for all "OBDD" operations.Casting light on the Federal Government's links with organized crime and how a highly decorated American MAT Team Advisor Vietnam Veteran, Johnnie Walker, became Saigon's most successful American Gangster, as well as the most influential "unofficial" Defense Attaché Office (DAO) "Contractor" to the CIA's Phoenix Program, while also becoming the most successful Black Marketeer in Vietnam, and the owner of the infamous supper club and casino, "Beaucoup Dinky Dau". It's a story most Americans have never heard of and shines a new and disturbing light on the role of the United States in the creation of communist Vietnam, and their treatment of the indigenous tribes that fought for the CIA's Phoenix ProgramIt's the story of the underbelly of the Saigon metropolis like few others. Corrupt Generals, shady Politicians, gangsters, prostitutes, bootleggers, opium addicts, jazz musicians, deserters, black marketeers, and your run of the mill criminals, murderers, thieves, and con artists - Johnnie observed and worked with them all in his underground black-market network.Johnnie Walker became very wealthy by dominating Saigon's War profiteering, Black Market, Money Laundering, and Drug Trafficking for all the major Vietnamese Crime Lords Generals in Saigon, as well as for South Vietnam's President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, and Air Marshall /South Vietnam's VP, Nguyễn Cao Kỳ. His astounding change began in 1968 when he discovers that Washington intends to abandon his friends and former MAT Team Montagnards, "The Yards", who were members of the CIA's Phoenix program, and who he'd fought side by side with as a MAT Team Advisor in Pleiku. He loved "The Yards" and the War Orphans the Yards took care of, and he was going to make sure he did the "Right Thing" for them.It was an amazing turnabout for the once money-hungry Walker, because even though he did not begin his journey as a hero, by the time the war was winding down, he fulfilled every one of the great eight characteristics of heroes: he was smart, strong, resilient, selfless, caring, charismatic, reliable, and inspiring. He used his cunning to bend the system to help him and his over 600 Yards and 100 Orphans escape Vietnam. He was strong in the face of constant danger and double-cross, and he placed the well-being of The Yards and Orphans above his own well-being.This big-shouldered "Crime Thriller Oskar Schindler Story" novel set in a mobbed-up late 1960s - 1970s Saigon, Pearl of the Orient, Vietnam, "American Gangster Operation Beaucoup Dinky Dau" is the first "Crime Thriller Oskar Schindler Story" to ever emerge from Vietnam.Across the canvas of a city peopled by the corrupt, the cynical, and the deceived, the author, Steve Murphy, crafts a wicked and tough saga of retribution and double cross.
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African American Mobsters

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 23. Chapters: American Gangster (TV series), Azie Faison, Black Mafia, Bumpy Johnson, Casper Holstein, Chambers Brothers (gang), David Barksdale, Demetrius Flenory, Felix Mitchell, Frank Lucas, Frank Matthews (drug trafficker), Guy Fisher, Hakeem Abdul-Shaheed, Howard Mason, Jeff Fort, Kenneth McGriff, Leroy Barnes, Melvin Williams (actor), Rayful Edmond, Stephanie St. Clair, Theodore Roe, Wallace Rice (gangster), Young Boys Inc.. Excerpt: Frank Lucas (born September 9, 1930) is a former U.S. heroin dealer and organized crime boss who operated in Harlem during the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was particularly known for cutting out middlemen in the drug trade and buying heroin directly from his source in the Golden Triangle. Lucas boasted that he smuggled heroin using the coffins of dead American servicemen, but this claim is denied by his South East Asian associate, Leslie "Ike" Atkinson. Rather than hide the drugs in the coffins they were hidden in the pallets underneath as depicted in the movie. His career was depicted in the 2007 feature film American Gangster in which he was played by Denzel Washington, although the film fictionalized elements of Lucas' life for dramatic effect. Lucas was born in La Grange, North Carolina and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. He claims that the incident that sparked his motivation to embark on a life of crime was witnessing his 12-year-old cousin's murder at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan, for apparently "reckless eyeballing" (looking at) a Caucasian woman, in Greensboro. He drifted through a life of petty crime until one particular occasion when, after a fight with a former employer, he fled to New York on the advice of his mother. In Harlem, he indulged in petty crime and pool hustling before he was taken under the wing of gangster Bumpy Johnson. Lucas' connection to Johnson has...
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