King of the Jews
Known by many names -- A. R., Mr. Big, The Fixer, The Big Bankroll, The Man Uptown, and The Brain -- Rothstein seemed more myth than man. He was gambling, an ...more
However; my praise of Tosches’ book ends there. His many tangents and mini porn scenes are both irrelevant and at times offending. He tries to tie them in as messianic irony as he chastises both the Jewish and Christian faithful. Tosches seems to me to have had two separate books in his head, and was unable to either stick to one lon ...more
This is bravura poetry and rich history. He has more in common with James Elroy than ...more
The historical allegations are self-referential enough to annoy any historian. The gangster story circles around the crime without getting into details.
The book is entertaining and pleasant. It is not preachy, nor overly long, nor too detailed.
The strength of "King of the Jews" is dragging the reader into a historical fiction, while the poor sucker expects a d ...more
First, some background as to how this book came into my hands. Although the series of Boardwalk Empire has long since finished, I always find myself out-of-touch with what is popular at the time. And p ...more
My grandpa Rothstein was a bookie, fyi... & my eldest daughter ALWAYS picks the winners at the race track so it must be in the blood! Heh heh
If you're looking for a straightforward biography, go somewhere else. If you're looking for a good story, read this one.
In which George Bush is asserted as stupid. In which contemporary Americans are likened to Good Germans of the 30s. In which Power Bars are ridiculed. In which it is clear that Tosches could find not nearly enough material on the purported subject of the book, the Jewish gangster Arnold Rothstein, and decided to write the damn thing anyway, including about thirty pages on the plurality of the Hebrew word "elohim," fifteen pages on Rudy Giuliani's smoking ban and the present Administration, and I...more
J. Robert Ewbank autho "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" and "Wesley's Wars"