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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

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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 Most of the material I ve read about the Mob aka The Outfit has been in connection to the CIA and its nefarious dealings with the underworld Conseuently I was a bit in doubt about buying this rather large book up in Evanston Still it promised to focus on Chicago and on the Korshaks one of whom Marshall was a prominent politician in Illinois for most of my life Also the index revealed a lot of material about Allen Dorfman the Mob attorney who was murdered in the parking lot of the Rosemont Hyatt the Purple Hotel just behind the Honeywell offices Dad worked in for decades Thus I made the purchaseArranged around the biography of Sidney Korshak this book begins with the assassination of Czar Alexander II and the pogroms that led many Russian Jews to flee to the United States and to Chicago in particular Tracing the history of their Maxwell Street and then Lawndale communities author Russo introduces the Korshak and other families who were later to play roles in the black economies of sweetheart contracts casino skimming offshore accounts tax dodges influence peddling prostitution and the likePreviously Russo had published a book The Outfit about the Chicago Mob This book is substantially about how their illegal earnings were invested hidden and laundered by the likes of attorney Korshak and their political colleagues most notably Ronald Reagan It is an unsettling story many of my favorite public figures standing revealed as criminalsThe heroes of these dark tales of theft deceit extortion and murder are mostly such journalists as Seymour Hersh and others who dared expose the powerful as well as some law officers in the FBI and other agencies who tried and mostly failed to stand up against such criminally compromised bosses as J Edgar Hoover and Edwin Meese Celebrities abound in this book s stories of the corruption of Hollywood most of them riding the dark tide few standing against it I was proud to see one Chicago actor courageously oppose the Mob namely Steve AllenSupermob is dense almost too dense and well documented However the prudent reader should unlike me read the prior study The Outfit first Perhaps then the tide of information would be a bit less overwhelming


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 t

  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’

  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 dealings with the underworld Conseuently I was a bit in doubt about buying this rather large book up in Evanston Still it promised to focus on Chicago and on the Korshaks one of whom Marshall was a prominent politician in Illinois for most of my life Also the index revealed a lot of material about Allen Dorfman the

  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 busi

  5. says:

    Nicely done book about the lifetimes and connections of Sidney Korshak Mob influence and connections to Chicago LosAngeles and the mov

  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

  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 and I have to say that Supermob was probably one of worst books I've ever read I found several basic facts reported wrong for instance Nancy Reagan had NOT been married before she married Ronald Reag

  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 relat

  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 not that one the REAL one and their dominance over American business particularly Hollywo

  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

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