The Big Bankroll: The Life and Times of Arnold Rothstein

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Da Capo Press, Mar 1, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 369 pages
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Arnold Rothstein (1882-1928) was described in the newspapers of the 1920s as "a sportsman," "a gambler," and "the man who fixed the 1919 World Series." But he was much more than that. A bootlegger and labor racketeer, he corrupted politicians, promoted crooked stock sales, and imported narcotics. And, perhaps most importantly, he transformed organized crime from a thuggish activity practiced by hoodlums into a big business, run like a corporation, with himself at the top. For twenty years, the name of Arnold Rothstein symbolized money--big-time money, gambling money, racket money, illegal money, millions upon millions of dollars. His share was ninety percent of any deal; he was never indicted for a single crime; he always won at cards and horses. And, despite his involvement in dozens of murders and hundreds of other crimes, his luck never ran out. At least not until 1928, the year in which he was fatally shot. The perpetrators--and Rothstein's millions--were never found.The Big Bankroll is the definitive biography of the man known simply asMr. Big. In it, Leo Katcher reveals not only sordid details of the life of America's most powerful gambler, but illuminates the whole era in which crime became king.
 

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Rothstein was a leading underworld figure in the early 1900s and is best remembered as the man who fixed the 1919 World Series. This volume by Katcher, a veteran news reporter during Rothstein's reign as top mob boss, originally published in 1959, offers a portrait of the man and his times. Read full review

Contents

Gunshot Wound Fatal
1
I Always Gambled
11
Look Out for Number One
30
A Wellknown Sportsman
46
Beer Lmc Next Time
57
Outward Order and Decency
72
Sir Charles
87
A Tailormade Man
98
The Secret Self
213
A Afeto Notion
226
An Amazing Pertinency
238
Whos for Italy?
255
Tfte Worfefngmans Frfeni
266
The Juice of the Poppy
287
Wtfc Me Ifs Brains
300
Things Are Quiet Here
314

Pigeons and Partridge
106
Ste SecondsThree Firsts
116
27k? Man Wio Fixed the Series
138
The Record Is Barren
149
Mr Arnold
165
He Popped Up Everywhere
181
Fife 77
194
His Usual Normal Self
326
The Fix Is In
336
No One Resembles Him
349
Bibliography
355
Index
359
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Leo Katcher was a reporter for the New York Times during Rothstein's reign, and spent ten years researching this book, interviewing Lucky Luciano, Carolyn Behar (Rothstein's widow), and dozens of others.

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