Tough Jews: Fathers, Sons, and Gangster Dreams
Why this book?
Cohen, whose father grew up in Brooklyn in the shadow of Murder, Inc., has written a savvy, almost affectionate portrait of a world he knew only through his dad. It was a world in which murder was cheap, and sometimes otherwise decent men learned to kill those near and dear. Although Albert Fried’s The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Gangster in America is more historically detailed, Tough Jews is the more colorful introduction to the milieu of the mob and its rackets—a milieu that had Sid Luckman’s father in its clutches.