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Of Rats and Men 2nd Edition

Of Rats and Men 2nd Edition

Oscar Goodman was the country’s pre-eminent defense attorney for alleged gangsters, then the colorful “Mob Mayor" of Las Vegas. This is his big biography. 

For more than 35 years, Oscar Goodman defended 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. 

Originally available only in hard-cover format, this all-new paperback edition of Of Rats and Men has also 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.

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Of Rats and Men 2nd Edition / 515 pages / John L. Smith

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