Tough Jews (Paperback)
Vintage Books USA, 9780375705472, 304pp.
Publication Date: April 20, 1999
Tracing a generation of Jewish gangsters from the candy stores of Brownsville to the clubhouses of the Lower East Side--and, occasionally, to suites at the Waldorf--Cohen creates a densely anecdotal and gruesomely funny history of muscle, moxie, and money. Filled with fixers and schlammers, the squeal of tires and the rattle of gunfire, his book shatters stereotypes as deftly as its subjects once shattered kneecaps.
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Praise For Tough Jews…
Exuberant. . .a vivid narrative. . . . Tough Jews brings familiar history back to life." --The New York Times
"Warmly and affectionately rendered. . .these vignettes bring a lost generation of antiheroes to life." --The Boston Globe
"Vivid and colorful. . .fascinating." --Los Angeles Times
"If the Mafia has its Mario Puzo, the Jewish troops of Murder, Inc. deserve their Rich Cohen. . .entertaining, defiantly romantic." --Newsweek