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Supermob: How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Associates Became America's Hidden Powerbrokersby Gus Russo
Synopses & Reviews
The widely praised and meticulously researched book that reveals the story of how, for fifty years, superlawyer Sidney Korshak and the nefarious Chicago Outfit pulled the strings of American business, politics, and society.
Investigative reporter Gus Russo returns with his most explosive book yet, the remarkable story of the "Supermob"--a cadre of men who, over the course of decades, secretly influenced nearly every aspect of American society. Presenting startling, never-before-seen revelations about such famous members as Jules Stein, Joe Glaser, Ronald Reagan, Lew Wasserman, and John Jacob Factor--as well as infamous, low-profile members--Russo pulls the lid off of a half-century of criminal infiltration into American business, politics, and society. At the heart of it all is Sidney "The Fixer" Korshak, who from the 1940s until his death in the 1990s was not only the most powerful lawyer in the world, according to the FBI, but the enigmatic player behind countless twentieth century power mergers, political deals, and organized crime chicaneries.
Book News Annotation:
Existing at the nexus of organized crime, legitimate business, and politics was a cadre of powerful men with family backgrounds in the Russian Pale of Settlement, whose activities played a powerful, largely invisible role in real estate, organized labor, the media, and many other areas of the American economic landscape for a large chunk of American 20th century history. Investigative reporter Russo describe the development of this "Supermob," as they were dubbed by the late Senate investigator Walter Sheridan, from the 1930s through the late 1980s, focusing on the figure of Sid Korshak, "the sphinxlike operator who quietly kept the wheels of the enterprise greased." Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Gus Russo is the author of The Outfit: The Role of Chicago's Underworld in the Shaping of Modern America and Live by the Sword: The Secret War Against Castro and the Death of JFK. He is an investigative reporter who has worked for various major television networks, including PBS, where he was a lead reporter for the award-winning Frontline series.
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