Daughter of the King

Daughter of the King

Book - 2014
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The only daughter of the gangster legend Meyer Lansky opens up about her life as a wild child of the 1950s, her heartbreak and tragedy--including the insanity of her mother and the crippling handicap of her eldest brother--and her father's unexpected tenderness.
Publisher: New York, NY : Weinstein Books, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781602862159
160286215X
Branch Call Number: 364.1092 L295d 2014
Characteristics: xvi, 240 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Stadiem, William - Author

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The only daughter of Meyer Lansky opens up about her life as a wild child of the 1950's, her heartbreak and tragedy -- including the insanity of her mother, and the crippling handicap of her baby brother - and her father's unexpected tenderness.


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rrjr512
Aug 12, 2016

I found the book more of her autobiography rather than what the subtitle states. "Growing up in gangland", I was hoping for more about her interactions or things she witness about her fathers business. Yes she does mention a few things here and there but it's mainly her life story and her relationships. Her father did keep her away from his criminal life a much as possible but since that was the case the subtitle should be different. Overall I think you would have to be a fan of the mafia to even get through the book. Overall its 2.5 stars.

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photocat
Sep 20, 2014

I read this e-book while on vacation recently. This adds a perspective and additional details to anyone familiar with the gangster saga recreated in so many American movies and television shows. Meyer Lansky is a character in the current Boardwalk Empire series and was renamed Hiram Roth in the Godfather movies. There's little redemption for children who get showered with wealth but no guidance on how to live a healthy, productive life. After drug abuse and other excesses she found happiness in her marriage in later years. It's interesting but definitely shows the damage of criminal life -- it's not the romantic saga shown in movies or TV.

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