Mickey Cohen by Tere Tereba
The Life and Crimes of L.A.'s Notorious Mobster

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Ms. Tereba brings flair and a tone of appalled fascination to her thorough and lively study of "the man who plundered Los Angeles"...
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This biography of celebrity gangster Mickey Cohen digs past the sensational headlines to deliver a remarkable story of a man who captivated, corrupted, and terrorized Los Angeles for a generation.

When Bugsy Siegel was murdered, his henchman Mickey Cohen took over the criminal activity in Los Angeles. Mickey Cohen attained such power and dominance from the late 1940s until 1976 that he was a regular above-the-fold newspaper name, accumulating a remarkable count of more than 1,000 front-pages in Los Angeles papers alone, and was featured in hundreds of articles in national and international periodicals. His story and the history of mid-century L.A. are inextricably intertwined.

Mickey Cohen is a seductive, premium-octane blend of true crime and Hollywood that spins around a wildly eccentric mob boss. Author Tere Tereba delivers tales of high life, high drama, and highly placed politicians, among them RFK and Richard Nixon, as well as revelations about countless icons, including Shirley Temple, Lana Turner, Frank Sinatra, and the Reverend Billy Graham. Meticulously researched, this rich tapestry presents a complete look at the Los Angeles underworld.
 

About Tere Tereba

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Tere Tereba is an award-winning fashion designer and journalist. She has written for Interview and Italian Vogue and her account of Jim Morrison in Paris was selected by The Doors to appear in their book, The Doors: An Illustrated History. She lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by ECW Press. 333 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Crime. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Tom Nolan on May 15 2012

Ms. Tereba brings flair and a tone of appalled fascination to her thorough and lively study of "the man who plundered Los Angeles"...

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