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0's until his death in the '90s wasn't only the most powerful lawyer in the world according to the FBI but the enigmatic player behind countless 20th century power mergers political deals organized crime chicaneries As the underworld's primary link to the corporate upperworld his backroom dominance talent for anonymity will likely never be eualed As Supermob proves neither will his storyCast of charactersPrefaceThe lawyer from LawndaleFrom Lawndale to the Seneca to the underworldBirds of a feather Kaddish for CaliforniaThe future is in real estateHell that's what y. I wanted to read this book because I knew some of the people involved vaguely and I was interested in the relationship between the Mob and the Entertainment business Korshak was an icon in the entertainment business when I first started but I didn t really know why I still don t Unfortunately this is the first book in years I haven t finished I am still interested in the subject But this is a disorganized barely readable collection of paragraphs in desperate search of an editor Imagine Me only the most powerful lawyer in the world according to the FBI but the enigmatic player behind countless 20th century power mergers political deals Beyond Temptation organized crime chicaneries As the underworld's primary link to the corporate upperworld his backroom dominance talent for anonymity will likely never be eualed As Supermob proves neither will his storyCast Past Due Debt Collection of charactersPrefaceThe lawyer from LawndaleFrom Lawndale to the Seneca to the underworldBirds Die Visioene Van Johanna Brandt of a feather Kaddish for CaliforniaThe future is in real estateHell that's what y. I wanted to read this book because I knew some The Neuropsychology of Self Discipline of the people involved vaguely and I was interested in the relationship between the Mob and the Entertainment business Korshak was an icon in the entertainment business when I first started but I didn t really know why I still don t Unfortunately this is the first book in years I haven t finished I am still interested in the subject But this is a disorganized barely readable collection Where I’m Calling From of paragraphs in desperate search The Accidental Activist of an editor

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Supermob How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Associates Became America's Hidden Powerbrokers

Ou had to do in those days to get byScenes from Hollywood part 1Jimmy Bobby SidneyForty years in the desert The kingmakers Paul Lew Ronnie in CaliforniaThe new frontier Bistro days He could never walk away from those peopleScenes from Hollywood part 2A sunny place for shady peopleComing under attack From Hoffa to HollywoodFrom Dutch sandwiches to Dutch ReaganAiring dirty laundry laundering dirty money Pursued by the Fourth Estate The true untouchablesLegacies Appendices A Supermob investmentsB Pritzker holdingsC Ziffren Greenberg Genis documentsNotesBibliographyInd. Film industry legend Robert Evans referred to Sid Korshak as The Myth since he was such a pivotal figure in US industry labor relations organized crime politics and the film industry Korshak and Lew Wasserman were key players in the rise of people like Ronald Reagan and Frank Sinatra yet Korshak is unknown to the vast majority of Americans Asides from a smattering of press in the mid 1970s long after Korhak had peaked in influence very little has been written Gus Russo attempts to fix that in SuperMob a book that tries to boil down all the misc threads in Korhsaks life and times to show how Korshak and his associates were at the nexus of building America at mid 20th century SuperMob traces SK s rise from better than average mob lawyer to the Chicago Mob s man in Hollywood Russo shows how pivotal SK was in engineering the flow of Mob money made during Prohibition to California from the mid 30 s to 50s Capone might have been gone but the empire he and folks like Lansky built still existed Bootlegging made them flush and all that went to California to underwrite a huge chunk the states boom during and after WW2 Also key to SK s power was his role as labor lawyer In the 20 s corporate America had made alliances with organized crime to help keep the labor unions in check but within a few years men like SK used their role as Union lawyers to blackmail corporate America If you ran hotels anywhere in the US you better have made the right payments to SK if the Hiltons and Pritzkers Hyatt wanted to build in Vegas or California they had to make sure SK got paid and if Hollywood wanted to make sure none of their many unions and guilds struck they had make sure the cash went thru SK Russo does a great job laying out how thorough corruption lay at the heart of mid century America Oddly enough one of the weaknesses of the book is how he never drills down on any one racket Sure some like how much the Mob made on sweetheart deals buying underpriced Cali assets seized from interned Japanese WW2 but the corruption is layered on one after another without really fleshing out the deets Dozens of the events described in this book could be a lengthy book in and of itself In the end that is why i let Russo slide on this his book merely ties together a slews of events i have read in a ton of other books like Connie Bruck s When Hollywood had a King Robert Evans The Kid Stays in the Picture and the bookmovie Casino Although Sid Korshak is only vaguely mentioned or not even mentioned at all in these books he was a key player

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Investigative reporter Russo returns with the remarkable story of the Supermob a cadre of men who over the course of decades secretly influenced nearly every aspect of American society Presenting startling never before seen revelations about such famous members as Jules Stein Joe Glaser Ronald Reagan Lew Wasserman David Bazelon John Jacob Factor as well as infamous scrupulously low profile members Russo pulls the lid off of a half century of criminal infiltration into American business politics society At the heart of it is Sidney The Fixer Korshak who from the 194. This is a hard book to rate Certain aspects of it like the volume of research and the connections the author makes deserve 4 or 5 stars Russo s dissection of the Ashkenazic Jewish diaspora and their second generation experience in Chicago and subseuent success in shaping American society is an excellent eye opening analysis As the book progresses Russo s challenges in tackling very broad subject matter become apparent The book struggles between being a biography of Sidney Korshak and an expose of a loose knit amorphous and somewhat exaggerated entity known as the Supermob a group of powerful and influential Jews with connections to La Cosa Nostra Russo even lumps Ronald Reagan in as a member of the Supermob But Russo clearly despises Reagan and assigning him membership in a criminal organization is just one of many ways the partisan author attacks the former President actor and union leader Russo s anti Reagan agenda causes him to go on lengthy off topic diatribes in a book that s already too long For example he sets out to show that Reagan deserves no credit for the fall of the Soviet Union in a purely political paragraph after paragraph editorial that has nothing to do with Korshak the Supermob the Outfit or any other pertinent subject of the book Russo uotes mobster Allen Friedman a career criminal serial liar and world class sleeze saying that he took a suitcase full of cash from Jackie Presser to Ed Meese for Ronald Reagan A few paragraphs later Russo says Practically at the same time that Reagan s team received Presser s cash filled briefcase Russo turned Friedman s dubious uote into a fact without offering any corroborating evidence for the proven liar s claim It s sneaky and it undermines the book s credibility High on Russo s long list of Reagan s sins is his anticommunism According to Russo communists in Hollywood were fictitious commies p291 Nook edition which is like saying there s no Mafia in Chicago In the same paragraph Russo states that the lefties were not aligned against the United States but were merely a reaction to World War II fascism and Reagan and cohorts surely knew it In reality many of whom Russo refers to as lefties were card carrying members of the Communist Party who swore their membership oath to Stalin when Stalin was allied with fascism under the Hitler Stalin Pact For example leading Hollywood Communist Dalton Trumbo went to great lengths to protect the Hitler Stalin Pact by doing everything in his power including writing an anti war novel to prevent the US From entering the war against fascism I suspect that a researcher of Russo s stature knows the true extent of Communist infiltration of Hollywood but simply chooses to repeat old myths in service of his political agenda Other inaccuracies though usually trivial become annoying as they pile up Many gangsters were referred to as a boss even when they were mere soldiers Russo describes Frank Zappa on the Steve Allen Show bashing an old car with a sledgehammer In fact Zappa used drumsticks to ingeniously make a musical instrument out of a bicycle One has to wonder if Russo got the sledgehammer and old car from the same grab bag as Reagan s suitcase full of cash Russo deserves credit for documenting the so called Supermob in a connect the dots saga of thoroughly researched intrigue but the book would ve been better served had Russo been able to reign in his bias and his word count


10 thoughts on “Supermob How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Associates Became America's Hidden Powerbrokers

  1. says:

    Supermob How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Associates Became America’s Hidden Power Brokers Supermob is a massive tome that offers a perfect

  2. says:

    This is a hard book to rate Certain aspects of it like the volume of research and the connections the author makes deserve 4 or 5 stars Russo’s dissection of the Ashkenazic Jewish diaspora and their second generation experience in Chicago and subseuent success in shaping American society is an excellent eye

  3. says:

    Most of the material I've read about the Mob aka 'The Outfit' has been in connection to the CIA and its nefarious

  4. says:

    I wanted to read this book because I knew some of the people involved vaguely and I was interested in the relationship between the Mob and the Entertainment business Korshak was an icon in the entertainment business when

  5. says:

    Nicely done book about the lifetimes and connections of Sidney Korshak Mob influence and connections to Chicago LosAngeles and the movie businessif you like Chicago mob books it is a must read

  6. says:

    I am of two minds about this book On the one hand it could definitely use an editor Russo is prone to rambling on about minor details that have no impact or bearing on other parts of the chapter He introduces ch

  7. says:

    I had to read Supermob How Sidney Korshak and His Criminal Associates Became America's Hidden Power Brokers because it was used as the basis of a class in a Life Long Learning program I read a lot of non fiction and history

  8. says:

    Film industry legend Robert Evans referred to Sid Korshak as The Myth since he was such a pivotal figure in US industry labor relations organized crime politics and the film industry Korshak and Lew Wasserman were key players in the rise of people like Ronald Reagan and Frank Sinatra yet Korshak is unknown to the vast ma

  9. says:

    Well documented tale of post war American history which by the way will make you sick It's the story of power influence money the mob

  10. says:

    If you're from Chicago or Los Angeles or are intrigued by the origins of Las Vegas you will enjoy this occasionally over detailed book The original lawyer without an office who predates Mickey Haller is Sidney Korshak and his all American rise to power is stunning Ronald Reagan is prominently featured as a union president

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