Original Gangster: The Real Life Story of One of America's Most Notorious Drug Lords
A suspenseful memoir from the real life American gangster, Frank Lucas
Frank Lucas realized that in order to gain the kind of success he craved he would have to break the monopoly that the Italian mafia held in New York. So Frank cut out middlemen and began smuggling heroin into the United States directly from his source in the Golden Triangle by using coffins. Making a million dollars per day selling "Blue Magic"—what was known as the purest heroin on the street—Frank Lucas became one of the most powerful crime lords of his time, while rubbing shoulders with the elite in entertainment, politics, and crime. After his arrest, Federal Judge Sterling Johnson, the special narcotics prosecutor in New York at the time of Lucas' crimes, called Lucas and his operation "one of the most outrageous international dope-smuggling gangs ever, an innovator who got his own connections outside the U.S. and then sold the narcotics himself in the street."
This powerful memoir reveals what really happened to the man whose career was dramatized in the 2007 feature film American Gangster, exposing a startling look at the world of organized crime.
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this story fascinates me but i wonder if it's all true.some accounts having him saying his wife made him a gift of the coat,in the book he says he met with the furriers and picked out the fur.Richie Roberts says Frank has a tendency to exaggerate.even though i believe a lot is true,i think some of this is just bravado.he certainly is a colorful character though.
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Original Gangster: The Rise and Fall of the Original Billionaire Heroin Dealer
No preview available - 2010
Original Gangster: My Life as NYC's Biggest Baddest Drugs Baron
No preview available - 2012