''The Big Bankroll: The Life and Times of Arnold Rothstein''
Leo Katcher

ISBN: 9780306805653 | 389 pages | 10 Mb


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The Big Bankroll: The Life and Times of Arnold Rothstein Leo Katcher
Publisher: Da Capo Press

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 ...