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Excellent collection of journalistic bits and pieces. Jacobson is a really engaging writer who loves New York. He worked at Village Voice and New York magazine. Several stories focus on the NY underworld, but they are biographical sketches of characters. As such, they provide great historical backdrop to NY in the 70's, 80's and the 21st century. HIs stories sparked the TV series Taxi, and the movie, American Gangster.
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A great book, a great narrator and the stories in it, are extremely interesting. Definitely worth a listen....
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Maybe this should be retitled '45 mins about Frank lucas and 9hrs15 mins of random selections of uninteresting stories taken from the authors articles in the NEW YORK MAGAZINE'
A promising start but as soon as the subject changes from 'American Gangster' Frank lucas, then my interest dropped totally.
This only gets two stars for the quality of the narrator, otherwise it would have been one.
Maybe of some interest to ex pats.
But limited use to others, and none whatsoever to those looking for either a Frank Lucas bio or audiobook of the film.
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