American Gangster and Other Tales of New York

  • by Mark Jacobson
  • Narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner
  • 10 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the 1970s, Frank Lucas was the king of the Harlem drug trade, bringing in over a million dollars a day. He lived a glamorous life, hobnobbing with athletes, musicians, and politicians, but Lucas was a ruthless gangster. He was notorious for using the coffins of dead GIs to smuggle heroin into the United States, and, before being sentenced to 70 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 joins other tales of New York City from the past 30 years. The collection features a number of Jacobson's most famous essays, as well as previously unpublished works and more recent articles. Together, they create a vibrant, many-layered portrait of the most fascinating city in the world, by one of the most acclaimed journalists of our time.

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American Gangster and Other Tales

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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- Rick

Couldn't stop listening

A great book, a great narrator and the stories in it, are extremely interesting. Definitely worth a listen....
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- steve "Addicted to Audible since 2009"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-11-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.