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Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of L.A.'s Notorious Mobster

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  151 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
This biography of celebrity gangster Mickey Cohen digs past the sensational headlines to deliver a remarkable story of a man who captivated, corrupted, and terrorized Los Angeles for a generation.
When Bugsy Siegel was murdered, his henchman Mickey Cohen took over the criminal activity in Los Angeles. Mickey Cohen attained such power and dominance from the late 1940s until
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ebook, 323 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by ECW Press (first published 2012)
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Katy
Apr 25, 2012 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you miss the HBO series "The Sopranos"? I'm sure if it were still running the writers of the show would have Tony Soprano conspicuously flipping the pages of Tere Tereba's fabulous book "Mickey Cohen: The Life & Crimes of LA's Notorious Mobster". You'll want to read it, too!

I can't believe I was unaware during the 16 years I lived in LA that there was such a rich and far-reaching history of syndicated crime in this city. "Mickey Cohen: The Life & Crimes of LA's Most Notorious Mobster"
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Kayla
Feb 14, 2014 Kayla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is simply not good history. The author forgets that one does not write a book unless there is something new to say on the subject, and the few things that the author did discover new about the life of Mickey Cohen, are boasted about as exclusive, like something a cheap newspaper would do. Actually this book reads a lot like a cheap tabloid. It is full of gossip and scandal more than anything else. The author is challenged chronologically, and would rather go out of the way to write in juicy ...more
Marley
Feb 11, 2013 Marley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mickey Cohen was my first mobster. I was a rather strange child, and one of my early memories is one of the attempted hits on him, probably in 1949. By 1952, at the age of 7 I'd move up a bit and was advising my Republican parents that Richard Nixon was not trustworthy. But that's another story.

I was very excited to find this book by accident at Barnes & Noble recently. Although the Mick was my first mobster, I'd not read anything much about him. (My academic field is organized crime and I'v
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Sara
Mar 28, 2015 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this after I saw the movie Gangster Squad and my mom said "You've never heard of Mickey Cohen??" Um, no. . . .

Well, now I know. I also learned that the movie Gangster Squad is more Hollywood sensationalism than an accurate bio of Mickey Cohen.

I learned a lot reading this book. There were so many characters I couldn't keep them all straight. At times it seemed like it dragged a bit, not a lot of action. I was still trying to figure out at the end just HOW he controlled L.A. like he
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Mara
May 21, 2012 Mara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of L.A.'s Notorious Mobster by Tere Tereba. As a lover of non-fiction I was truly looking forward to reading this book. I did not know much about Mickey Cohen or L.A. during his reign as the 'Boss'. I still don't.

What I wound up learning was the name of every criminal, police officer, prostitute and movie star in Mickey's lifetime. The book read more like a gossip column from the 1940's. Perhaps there is a good reason that Mickey Cohen's
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Alexandrea Hills
I received his book through Goodreads giveaways.

As a lover of history I was really looking forward to reading this book. I did not know much about Mickey Cohen or the other mafia in L.A I don't believe this book helped me understand Mickey's reign as mob boss.

I found the book hard to follow as it jumped from one person to another to different years then back again. I found that I learned a lot about other mobsters, policeman and movie stars. Although I liked that part of the book/history I didn'
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Todd Stockslager
Review title: Send lawyers, guns, and money

Amongst the fun facts that enliven this lightweight tabloid-level biography of gangster Cohen I learned that Warren Zevon's father was a lower-level associate of Cohen. Perhaps Warren wrote the song based on his father's accounts of his old gangster days.

I also learned that there really was a Gangster Squad, a small elite unbadged corps within the LAPD given free reign to bring down Cohen. I don't know how the recently released movie tells the story, bu
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Justin Robinson
Jan 07, 2016 Justin Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thorough. Stops short of being gossipy.
Jannene
This was a pretty dry book. I don't think it was the author's fault but that of the person it was written about. Mickey was quite the mobster. He had OCD, a love of fame and power, and felt he needed to rule everything. He became a bookie without realizing that he didn't know how to read, write, or add. I would think that would be something that should have been given some thought.
G
May 28, 2012 G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy a good true crime novel! After reading this book, I don't understand why mobster Mickey Cohen doesn't have a movie all of his own. Sure, he made it into Bugsy and L.A. Confidential, but still.
Steve Gross
The Life and Crimes of Mickey Cohen, an LA gangster of the Bugsy Siegel era. Workmanlike biography but Cohen, all in all, is not a very interesting person.
Brian McDermott
Jan 23, 2013 Brian McDermott rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion: Mediocre story. Horribly written.
George
May 09, 2013 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TRUE CRIME AND LOCAL HISTORY.

My opinion of the audiobook edition of ‘Mickey Cohen: The Life and Crimes of L.A.’S Notorious Mobster,’ by Tere Tereba (Kate Reading, Narrator) ran the gamut from ‘a total piece of exploitation crap’ to ‘an amazingly interesting and insightful look’ at both the underworld on the west coast, and at the mid-20th century history of Los Angeles. Often sounding (/reading) like a Hollywood Confidential gossip rag, with exhausting lists of names, addresses, dates and FBI fi
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Jody
Aug 04, 2012 Jody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, true-crime
I enjoyed this book. I had signed up to win it on here a few months ago and lost and to be honest, I forgot all about this book. One day while checking out the new non-fiction shelf I saw this book and checked it out and then couldn't put it down. It doesn't go into a lot of details about Cohen's life but it does give you a quick, easy to read brief biography of LA's little big man. It brings in all sorts of hoods you have probably heard of and a lot you haven't. This book ties in a lot of A-lis ...more
Jd
Sep 20, 2015 Jd rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read a lot of books about organized crime and find the topic interesting. However, this one lacked a cohesive story to tie it together. It was hard to follow with tons of names being thrown out and accounts coming out of order. Overall, it read too much like a textbook.
William Matthies
Jun 25, 2015 William Matthies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I've said in other reviews, I enjoy non fiction crime stories, particularly those about individuals who lived when I did or just before. Mickey Cohen is one of those and his story takes place Los Angeles where I was born during the height of his prominence.
Joseph Luizzi
I found the most interesting fact, was that before he was a kingpin in LA, he was a hood in Cleveland. Back then it was the fifth largest city in America. Times have changed!
Metalkween
It's great as a factbook. The writing was too convoluted for my taste. A lot of run-on sentences.
Mark Levandoski
Jun 06, 2014 Mark Levandoski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting history lesson of the crime fraction of L.A. . If you liked the movie LA Confidential you will like this book.
Pat Lampe
Apr 11, 2014 Pat Lampe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Very interesting history of Los Angeles in the 40s and 50s. Wish I had known more about it and could have discussed with my parents. The narrator had a pleasant voice but someone should have corrected her pronunciation of streets and even common words such as penitentiary. And Melvin Belly instead of Melvin Bell-eye. Distracting to say the least.
Carol Storm
May 03, 2014 Carol Storm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The definitive Bio of LA's crime king! A must read for all James Ellroy fans!
Scott Tappa
Seemed like it should've been fascinating story but never really was.
PSXtreme
Feb 22, 2016 PSXtreme rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative..but definitely spotlighted the fact that MC was a minor player in the organized crime leaderboard...definitely not one of the upper echelon in the family.
Jimmy
A biography of an Old Time gangster of L.A. I enjoyed the book primarily because it was a window into the times of L.A. of the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Mickey Cohen was a colorful character, almost fitting the Hollywood stereotype of a gangster of that era. I also found the book fascinating since it provided a picture of what old school LAPD use to be like during the days of Chief William Parker.
Judith
Mar 16, 2013 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book very interesting. I knew the studios ran the lives of their actors. I didn't know how Mickey Cohen and other mobsters were involved with or influence the studios. Readers of mob and/or motion picture history should enjoy this book.
Nicole Marble
I grew up in the LA area and recall Mickey Cohens name in the news from my early years, but really knew nothing about him. Now I do.
The writing is good and the story interesting.
But this was an audio book and the reader mispronounced, well, a lot.
Tony Wilson
Not a lot of new info in this, but it did spur an interest in Candy Barr. Hubba hubba.
Gail
Oct 19, 2015 Gail rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: polk
Didn't finish didn't like
Jennipher
Sep 04, 2014 Jennipher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: won
I found the material was an easy read & very interesting.
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