The sensational tell-all biography of Hollywood's most infamous mob boss who dominated Los Angeles's underworldand headlinesfrom the 1940s to the 1970s.
When Bugsy Siegel was murdered in 1947, his henchman Mickey Cohen took over his criminal enterprise in Los Angeles. As charismatic as he was ruthless, Cohen attained so much power up until his death in 1976 that he was a regular above-the-fold newspaper name, with more than one thousand front-pages in LA papers alone. His story is inextricably intertwined with the history of the city of angels.
Mickey Cohen is a seductive tale of Hollywood true crime history with a wildly eccentric mob boss at its center. Biographer Tere Tereba delivers tales of high life, high drama, and highly placed politiciansamong them Robert F. Kennedy and Richard Nixonas well as revelations about countless icons, including Shirley Temple, Lana Turner, Frank Sinatra, and even Rev. Billy Graham. Meticulously researched, this rich tapestry presents a complete look at the mid-twentieth century Los Angeles underworld.
"The author does a superb job of tracing the ins and outs of Hollywood's gang world in the 1940s and '50s." The Wall Street Journal