Synopses & Reviews
Flamboyant mobster Arnold Rothstein was gambling and money. He was the inspiration for Meyer Wolfsheim in The Great Gatsby
and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls
. It was rumored he masterminded the 1919 World Series fix. He was Mr. Broadway, a king of corruption holding court from his private booth at Lindy's Restaurant.
In this lively, sprawling biography, the inimitable Nick Tosches "one of the greatest living American writers" (Dallas Observer) examines the myth and extraordinary legacy of Arnold Rothstein. It is an elegy to old New York that places an iconic, larger-than-life criminal kingpin firmly at the center of nothing less than the history of the entire Western world.
"[O]ffers one surprisingly satisfying chapter after another." Boston Globe
"More sprawling than the Godfather-style family sagas of the gats-and-begats variety, this book unveils a sweeping panoptic argument for the rightness the necessity of vice." San Francisco Chronicle
"Tosches...offers here the sometimes brilliant, sometimes disjointed story of the legendary Arnold Rothstein, considered by many to be the father of organized crime." San Antonio Express-News
About the Author
Nick Tosches is the acclaimed author of many books, including biographies of Jerry Lee Lewis, Dean Martin, and Sonny Liston. He writes for numerous periodicals, including Vanity Fair, where he is a contributing editor. He lives in New York City.