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Supermob: How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Associates Became America's Hidden Power Brokers

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The widely praised and meticulously researched book that reveals the story of how, for fifty years, superlawyer Sidney Korshak and the nefarious Chicago Outfit pulled the strings of American business, politics, and society.

Investigative reporter Gus Russo returns with his most explosive book yet, the remarkable story of the "Supermob"--a cadre of men who, over the course o
Paperback, 640 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Bloomsbury USA (first published September 5th 2006)
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Supermob: How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Associates Became America’s Hidden Power Brokers (Supermob) is a massive tome that offers a perfect blend of “Yep! Knew that!” mixed with “Hmm! Always suspected that!” and “Whoa! Never knew that!” It has that potpourri of familiarity and surprise that I always wanted to engender as first editor and publisher of national magazines. It is a well-written cocktail of elements that intrigue me (for some of which I rebuke myself as though I were watching a ...more
Erik Graff
Jul 10, 2014 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: US citizens
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: biography
Most of the material I've read about the Mob (aka 'The Outfit') has been in connection to the CIA and its nefarious dealings with the underworld. Consequently, I was a bit in doubt about buying this rather large book up in Evanston. Still, it promised to focus on Chicago and on the Korshaks, one of whom, Marshall, was a prominent politician in Illinois for most of my life. Also, the index revealed a lot of material about Allen Dorfman, the Mob attorney who was murdered in the parking lot of the ...more
Andrew Tollemache
Film industry legend Robert Evans referred to Sid Korshak as "The Myth" since he was such a pivotal figure in US industry, labor relations, organized crime, politics and the film industry. Korshak and Lew Wasserman were key players in the rise of people like Ronald Reagan and Frank Sinatra, yet Korshak is unknown to the vast majority of Americans. Asides from a smattering of press in the mid-1970s, long after Korhak had peaked in influence, very little has been written. Gus Russo attempts to fi ...more
Steve Coscia
Wanted to read this book for a while. Once I started, I couldn't put it down.

After reading this, I have only two words for us middle-class Americans: we're screwed.
I wanted to read this book because I knew some of the people involved vaguely, and I was interested in the relationship between the Mob and the Entertainment business. Korshak was an icon in the entertainment business when I first started, but I didn't really know why. I still don't. Unfortunately, this is the first book in years I haven't finished. I am still interested in the subject. But this is a disorganized, barely readable collection of paragraphs in desperate search of an editor.
I read this at the office over several months at the office over as professional reading. It is a well researched expose of a group of Chicago lawyers of Russian Jewish ethnicity who represented mob figures eventually moving west and becoming involved Las Vegas gambling and California Politics. There were some interesting revelations about Ronald Reagan.
I found this so fascinating. Especially since I'm actually related to Sidney. Closely, LOL. They're making a movie about this, too. Should be interesting.

This is a very detailed look at how the mob really controlled almost everything in America. And gave me a very cool look at my family history in the first several chapters as well.
Larry Kucharik

Nicely done book about the life,times and connections of Sidney Korshak. Mob influence and connections to Chicago, LosAngeles and the movie business.....if you like Chicago mob books it is a must read!
Marc Spiegel
Hollywood and Politics will never be the same
Another impressively researched book by Gus Russo. Supermob details the exploits of the lawyers that bridged the gap between the Outfit and legitimate business.
Scott Finley
I felt much more favorably toward's Russo's book "The Outfit". A little too much innuendo in this one for my taste.
Michael S.
Among other things, this is one of the most enlightening Chicago histories one can ever read.
Significant insights into the history of california, las vegas and labor.
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Gus Russo is a veteran investigative reporter, musician, and author. His first book, Live By the Sword: The Secret War Against Castro and the Death of JFK (Bancroft, 1998), was praised by the New York Times as “compelling, exhaustively researched and even handed.” Kirkus Reviews called Sword, “Probably the last book on the Kennedy assassination you will need to read....Gripping and convincing!” T
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