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Bummy Davis vs. Murder, Inc.: The Rise and Fall of the Jewish Mafia and an Ill-Fated Prizefighter

4.4  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A tough kid with a heart of gold, Al "Bummy" Davis grew up in the streets of Brownsville, New York on the fringes of the Jewish mob during the 20's and 30's-thanks to his older brother, a feared racketeer. But as much as he resisted the underworld of Murder, Inc. by becoming a championship fighter and a Brownsville hero, he never did escape the Jewish Mob's shadow. Though ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published December 14th 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published November 1st 2003)
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Denali
Sep 02, 2011 Denali rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I should have liked this more. I really should have.

The book is written as a series of snapshots and anecdotes from the perspectives of different Brownsville residents but Ross is just not a strong enough writer to pull it off. It comes off as gimmicky and irritating and I feel terrible for typing that b/c this book has a good heart. The story itself is a great one or rather two great ones-- there's lots of crossover in the story of Bummy Davis and the story of Murder, Inc. but they're not put
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M. Newman
This is more than a boxing book, more than a crime book and more than a book about Jewish culture. This story about a Jewish fighter from Brownsville, Brooklyn in the 1920's and 30's is a powerful novel of social history filled with fascinating characters, action and drama that is truly greater than the sum of its parts. What added to my enjoyment was that I could identify, being a Jewish kid from Brownsville, myself; and although the story took place 20-30 years before my birth, I recognized ma ...more
Matthew Ogborn
Sep 30, 2014 Matthew Ogborn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will last long in my memory. Half biography/ half imagined fiction, it combines two of my favourites interests in boxing and New York through the 20th century. The characters are a joy to behold, the Jewish family dialogue and wise guy banter both hit the spot superbly. I will revisit this again in the future, something I rarely do. It's that good.
Bill Varon
Good history lesson about the sport of boxing in the early 1900's, about the Italians and Jews, about Murder, Inc., and about the tragedy of always doing the right thing when it really counts.
Lenny
Jul 23, 2014 Lenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent portrayal of a one of a kind individual, living in and through extraordinary times in Brownsville,N.Y. One of the best biography's I ever read.
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reading it now. Brooklyn and the Jewish mob circa 1930s. Fabulous.
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