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The Devil HimselfCluding the largest cruise ship in the world Normandie destroyed at a Manhattan pier after Pearl. The story of organized crime's contributions to exposing Nazi spies in the New York New Jersey area and preparing Sicily for the Allied invasion is a fascinating story that would have been much riveting if told by a gifted author However I found Dezenhall's writing to be awkward clunky and herky jerky meaning it did not flow smoothly from one point to the next In addition I feel using President Reagan to set up the story was an obvious plot construct used in an attempt to hook the reader and make the story relevant to modern times Unfortunately it stuck out as an obvious manipulation and actually detracted from the tale Meyer Lansky is an enormously intriguing character and a historically important one Miami Las Vegas Havana etc However he does not come to life in this tale and as a result neither does the book

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FREE DOWNLOAD ´ The Devil Himself ¾ In 1942 German U boats prowled the Atlantic sinking hundreds of US ships along the East Coast including the largest cruise ship in the world Normandie destroyed at a Manhattan pier after Pearl Harbour Desperate to secure the coast the Navy asked for help from Jewish mob boss Meyer LanskyHarbour Desperate to secure the coast the Navy asked for help from Jewish mob boss Meyer Lansky. This is the sixth adventure of Jonah Eastman a pollsterspin doctor for hire The author is a crisis managementdamage control consultant in “real life” Jonah lives in New Jersey but unsurprisingly spends a lot of time in Washington DC He is also the grandson of Mickey Price a well connected Atlantic City mobster And although maybe not the “deepest” of books the series is highly entertaining and at times laugh out loud funnyThe Devil Himself is somewhat of a departure in that it’s a story about another story Let me explain Current day Jonah takes us back to when he was a young pup working as an aide in the Reagan White House and “given” an off the books assignment Utilizing his “family connections” Jonah is to root out the true story behind the mob’s covert involvement in World War II Since Jonah’s grandfather and Meyer Lansky are pals our hero packs a bag and heads to Florida and the story begins – although taking a somewhat convoluted path to get there – as Meyer spills the 1940’s beansI’m a big fan of historical fiction and this book combines WWII and gangsterdom a daily double for me The good news is that the story here is a good one – and although not necessarily provable is probably in essence true The bad news is the lack of character development Along the way besides Lansky the reader meets Lucky Luciano Paul Costello Bugsy Siegel – interestingly Vito Genovese is not here and a few other gangsters who are all pretty much indistinguishable Luciano uses “dis” and “dat” and “speaks” with an accent Lansky – the brains provides us with a few not so poignant uotes such as “Freedom exacts a helluva vig” And although in “real life” these gangsters were life long hardened criminals they are portrayed here as misunderstood tough guys who if given the chance ie fight the Nazis are than willing to do the “right thing” The “Nazis” encountered are all cowardly buffoons So The Devil Himself is simplistic and unfortunately – at times cartoonish An admirable effort here that falls short in the execution

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In 1942 German U boats prowled the Atlantic sinking hundreds of US ships along the East Coast in. Excellent novelization of a true story Real people and historic events tied together with a fictional narrative that hews very close to the truth Eric Dezenhall had to do a lot of research to accomplish this In 1943 the US Navy needed help on the NYC docks They needed the cooperation of longshoremen and other dock workers but the docks belonged to the mob After some unsuccessful attempts to obtain cooperation they were advised that only Charlie Lucky Luciano at that time serving a long prison sentence is upstate New York had the juice to order the cooperation And the way to contact Charlie Lucky was to enlist the aid of Meyer Lansky The contact was made a deal struck and the Government goal was achieved but it seems that elements in the Government didn't really didn't want to live up to their part of the deal This book is a very close to truth novelization of that at times difficult process Dezenhall has a deep imho correct understanding of the personalities involved and that comes through in the writing