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

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Investigative reporter Russo returns with the remarkable story of the Supermob--a cadre of men who, over the course of decades, secretly influenced nearly every aspect of American society. Presenting startling, never-before-seen revelations about such famous members as Jules Stein, Joe Glaser, Ronald Reagan, Lew Wasserman, David Bazelon & John Jacob Factor--as well as ...more
Hardcover, 640 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Bloomsbury (NYC)
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Johnny
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, history
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 rated it really liked it
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
Harold
Jul 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
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.
Larry Kucharik
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing


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!
Andrew Tollemache
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dave Eisenstark
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well-documented tale of post-war American history, which, by the way, will make you sick. It's the story of power, influence, money, the mob (not that one, the REAL one) and their dominance over American business, particularly Hollywood and Vegas, and by-the-way, labor unions, manufacturing industries, states, cities, and the nation. Yeah, I hate conspiracy theories, too, but every once in awhile you get slapped with the real deal and it hurts. This is that. The book is tough to get through, and ...more
Joel
Nov 04, 2015 rated it liked it
If you're from Chicago or Los Angeles or are intrigued by the origins of Las Vegas, you will enjoy this occasionally over-detailed book. The original lawyer-without-an-office who predates Mickey Haller is Sidney Korshak, and his all-American rise to power is stunning. Ronald Reagan is prominently featured as a union president who sells his soul and sells out his union to revive his career. Lots of shockers.
Bob
Dec 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lori
Oct 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Adrienne
May 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
horrified
Marc Spiegel
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hollywood and Politics will never be the same
Steve Coscia
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Michael S.
Dec 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Among other things, this is one of the most enlightening Chicago histories one can ever read.
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.
Nick
Jul 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another impressively researched book by Gus Russo. Supermob details the exploits of the lawyers that bridged the gap between the Outfit and legitimate business.
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