Lucky Luciano: Mafia Murderer and Secret Agent (Paperback)
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Lucky Luciano: Mafia Murderer and Secret Agent (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 06/01/2011
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Charles 'Lucky' Luciano was a vicious mobster who rose to become the multimillionaire king of the New York underworld. He was a legend - but also a fake master criminal without real power, his reputation manipulated and maintained by the government agents who had put him behind bars.

Drawing on secret government documents from archives in America and Europe, this myth-busting biography tells Luciano's real story, from his early days as a top hit man for the mob to his exploits running sex and narcotics empires and revelations about his trip to Nazi Germany to set up a drugs importing racket. His career abruptly halted by imprisonment, Luciano's reputation was enhanced by rumours that he was helping to win the Second World War for the Allies in Sicily and the Mediterranean. Through painstaking research, Newark exposes the truth about what Luciano really did during the war.

Expelled from the US in 1946, Luciano returned to Italy, where he was reputed to head a massive transatlantic narcotics network. In a complex conspiracy, he became a victim of the far greater powers around him, and Newark provides evidence that, at one time, he was even working as a Cold War agent, helping the US government fight Communism in Sicily. Lucky Luciano: Mafia Murderer and Secret Agent turns accepted Mafia history on its head with an extraordinary story that has never been told before.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781845967376
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 435 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Great detective work here. Tim Newark has uncovered fascinating new angles on the Lucky Luciano story and tells it well -- John Dickie, author of Cosa Nostra
A must for true crime fans (****) * News of the World *
Newark's beautifully written and thoroughly researched studies offer new information and penetrating insights on hitherto little known chapters in the history of American organised crime -- Robert Rockaway, author of But He Was Good To His Mother
A complex, compelling story * SAGA Magazine *
The most balanced biography of a man who often claimed to be a victim, but had little thought for his own victims * BBC History Magazine *

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“Thought-provoking”

Tim Newark has succeeded in writing an intelligent and thought-provoking book about arguably America's most famous gangster. He has done some impressive research and comes up with some fascinating new theories... More

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