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Handsome Johnny By Lee Server

Handsome Johnny by Lee Server

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Summary

'A smile can get you far, but a smile with a gun can get you further.' - Al CaponeA man of singular influence in the American underworld, Johnny Rosselli's career flourished for half a century, from the bloody years of bootlegging in the Twenties - the last protege of Al Capone - to the modern era of organised crime as a dominant corporate power.

Handsome Johnny Summary

Handsome Johnny: The Criminal Life of Johnny Rosselli, The Mob's Man in Hollywood by Lee Server

'A smile can get you far, but a smile with a gun can get you further.' - Al Capone Featured in Vice A man of singular influence in the American underworld, Johnny Rosselli's career flourished for half a century, from the bloody years of bootlegging in the Twenties - the last protege of Al Capone - to the modern era of organised crime as a dominant corporate power. The Mob's 'Man in Hollywood', Johnny introduced big-time crime to the movie industry, corrupting unions and robbing moguls in the boldest extortion plot in history. Meanwhile, he consolidated his empire by smoothly befriending studio bosses and seducing their biggest stars, including Marilyn Monroe. In the 50s, Rosselli saw a new opportunity overseeing the birth and heyday of Las Vegas, and became the gambling mecca's behind-the-scenes boss, enjoying the Rat Pack night life with pals Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Then, in the 60s, incredibly, he became the central figure in a bizarre plot involving the Kennedy Whitehouse, the CIA and an attempt to assassinate Castro. Based on years of research, this utterly compelling, richly detailed page-turner takes you inside American organised crime at the highest level. A story of extreme violence and superstar glamour - with Handsome Johnny in both roles.

Handsome Johnny Reviews

"The incredible life of Handsome Johnny, a gangster worthy of the movies....Server's biography not only provides a window into Rosselli's life but also contextualizes a time when Hollywood, politics and organized crime were inextricably linked." * The Washington Post *
"Written in the snappy style of a hardboiled detective novel...an in-depth history of the growth, development and eventual decline of organized crime in America." * The Economist *
"A definitive rags-to-riches biography... Paced like a fine piece of fiction, this is a handsomely written chronicle of an interesting mob character." * Kirkus Reviews *

About Lee Server

Lee Server is the author of the best-selling and critically acclaimed biographies Robert Mitchum- Baby, I Don't Care (Faber) and Ava Gardner- Love is Nothing (Bloomsbury). Robert Mitchum was named a Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times, 'The film biography of the year' by the Sunday Times and Book of the Year by Uncut magazine. A graduate of New York University film school, Server has worked as a screenwriter, documentary maker and journalist.

Additional information

GOR009550406
9780753522301
0753522306
Handsome Johnny: The Criminal Life of Johnny Rosselli, The Mob's Man in Hollywood by Lee Server
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Ebury Publishing
2018-11-22
544
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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