Of Rats & Men, Revised Ed.

Of Rats & Men, Revised Ed.

by John L Smith

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For more than 35 years, Oscar Goodman was the country's pre-eminent defense attorney for alleged gangsters. His endless client list reads like a Who's Who of mobsters: Meyer Lansky, Nick Civella, Anthony Spilotro, Frank Rosenthal, Jimmy Chagra, Natale Richichi, Nicky Scarfo, and Vinny Ferrara, to name a few.

So, was Goodman only what he claims: an attorney who defended his clients based on the simple principle that they, too, have constitutional rights? And if so, how did he manage to mingle with the mob for decades without becoming part of it?

After scores of unlikely courtroom victories, Goodman pulled off an even more unlikely career change. Twice elected mayor of Las Vegas, he went from legal spokesman for the most notorious crime figures of our era to political spokesman for the most notorious city in the country.

Of Rats and Men has been expanded with five new chapters that bring Goodman's story fully up-to-date. A must-read for any fan of Las Vegas and its colorful past -- and even more colorful former "mob" mayor.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014991070
Publisher: Huntington Press
Publication date: 07/25/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

John L. Smith is the author of four Huntington Press titles: Of Rats and Men, No Limit, On the Boulevard, and Quicksilver. John is a fourth-generation Nevadan and has written more than 2,000 columns that have appeared in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In 1998, John was voted "Nevada's Outstanding Journalist" by the Nevada Press Association and was awarded third place in the National Headliner Awards.

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