Synopses & Reviews
In the 1970s, Frank Lucas was the king of the Harlem drug trade, bringing in more than a million dollars a day. There were so many heroin addicts buying from him on 116th Street that he claimed the Transit Authority had to change the bus routes to avoid them. He lived a glamorous life, hobnobbing with athletes, musicians, and politicians, but Lucas was also a ruthless gangster. He was notorious for using coffins of dead GIs to smuggle heroin into the United States and before his fall, when he was sentenced to seventy years in prison, he played a major role in the near death of New York City.
In American Gangster, Mark 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. The collection features a number of Jacobson's most famous essays, as well as previous unpublished work and recent articles on 9/11 conspiracy theorists, America's #1 escort, and Harlem's own Charles Rangel, the new chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
American Gangster is a vibrant, intoxicating, many-layered portrait of one of the most fascinating cities in the world, by one of the most acclaimed journalists of our time.
"[The] riveting account of Lucas' rise and fall is reason enough to pick up the book, but Jacobson's other stories, spanning 30 years of NYC history, offer gripping reading as well. Whether covering the high life or lowlifes, Jacobson boasts a novelistic eye and muscular prose in the tradition of urban chroniclers like Joseph Mitchell, A. J. Liebling, and Pete Hamill. (A-)" Entertainment Weekly
This collection features a number of the acclaimed journalists most famous essays as well as previous unpublished work and recent articles and presents a vibrant, intoxicating, many-layered portrait of New York, one of the most fascinating cities in the world.
About the Author
Marc Jacobson is the author of 2,000 Miles in the Nick of Time: A Semi-Dysfunctional Family Circumnavigates the Globe; Teenage Hipster in the Modern World; and the novels Gojiro and Everyone and No One. He has been a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Esquire, and New York.