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King Of The Gypsies

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The incredible but true story of the mysterious, intrigue-filled world of the gypsy.
Published (first published 1975)
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Susan Nadathur
May 17, 2012 Susan Nadathur rated it really liked it
I will preface this review by saying that I realize Peter Maas’s book was written in 1978, and I am writing this review in 2012. But words—once they are written—will always bear weight. And stereotypes, unfortunately, will continue to exist unless they are challenged. While King of the Gypsies is well-researched (the author used actual news files to document his sources), it continues to promote the same familiar stereotypes of Gypsies. Again we see Gypsies portrayed as stealing, conniving, mafi ...more
David Ward
King of the Gypsies by Peter Maas (Viking Press 1975) (Biography). Author Peter Maas made a career out of writing in the "True Crime" genre including mafia exposes. King of the Gypsies is cut from the same cloth; it describes the interworkings of the gypsy world and its customs and community. The ways of this group of nomads is often foreign to the Western World, and their traditions of petty crime and graft are often repellent to the casual observer. As it turns out, there actually is a self-pr ...more
Audrey
Oct 22, 2007 Audrey rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: racists
It's sure interesting. A perfect fulfillment of the 'true crime' genre, with that stew of sex and violence and seedy dealings we've come to expect from ethnocentric, androcentric 1970s-era stories. Not that there are not true accounts buried in here, but the facts are so warped through the thick lens of an outsider from the dominant culture peering in on a misunderstood people, peering with the pure purpose of exploiting and cultivating those misunderstandings, that the author's perspective is t ...more
Michelle Dancer
Jul 07, 2009 Michelle Dancer rated it it was amazing
A true story written in a novelist way. A look into the life of Gypsies in America. Written in 1974 so I'm sure things have changed in gypsy culture. Looking for a modern look into gypsies in America.
B. Maggie
May 29, 2012 B. Maggie rated it really liked it
Surprisingly entertaining! It didn't read like what I was expecting, but once I got about 10 pages in, I was hooked. I'd be interesting in reading more books about the Bimbos!
Yvonne Messerschmidt
It was interesting
I hope they start educating their children
Steve
Oct 06, 2008 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Peter Maas was an American journalist and author. He was born in New York City and attended Duke University.

He was the biographer of Frank Serpico, a New York City Police officer who testified against police corruption. He is also the author of the number one New York Times bestseller, Underboss, about the life and times of Sammy "The Bull" Gravano.

His other notable bestsellers include The Valach
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