Mickey Cohen (Hardcover)

The Life and Crimes of L.A.'s Notorious Mobster

By Tere Tereba

ECW Press, 9781770410008, 323pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

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Description

This biography of celebrity gangster Mickey Cohen digs past the sensational headlines to deliver a remarkable story of a man who captivated, corrupted, and terrorized Los Angeles for a generation. When Bugsy Siegel was murdered, his henchman Mickey Cohen took over the criminal activity in Los Angeles. Mickey Cohen attained such power and dominance from the late 1940s until 1976 that he was a regular above-the-fold newspaper name, accumulating a remarkable count of more than 1,000 front-pages in Los Angeles papers alone, and was featured in hundreds of articles in national and international periodicals. His story and the history of mid-century L.A. are inextricably intertwined. Mickey Cohen is a seductive, premium-octane blend of true crime and Hollywood that spins around a wildly eccentric mob boss. Author Tere Tereba delivers tales of high life, high drama, and highly placed politicians, among them RFK and Richard Nixon, as well as revelations about countless icons, including Shirley Temple, Lana Turner, Frank Sinatra, and the Reverend Billy Graham. Meticulously researched, this rich tapestry presents a complete look at the Los Angeles underworld.


About the Author

Tere Tereba is an award-winning fashion designer and journalist. She has written for "Interview" and "Italian Vogue" and her account of Jim Morrison in Paris was selected by The Doors to appear in their book, "The Doors: An Illustrated History." She lives in Los Angeles.