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IZZY: A Life Inside The Old Philly Jew Mob
IZZY: A Life Inside The Old Philly Jew Mob by Fred Lavner from www.retrophilly.com

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Fred Lavner details an amazing true story of a life in crime spanning six decades by his infamous uncle, Edward "Izzy" Lavner, who even in death continues to share the distinction of being the most arrested career racketeer in Philadelphia history--some 144 times!  The book contains never before shared insight on how the Jew Mob was run and by whom, who was paid to look the other way and how all profited from the prodigious illegal capers.  What a time it was!  Philadelphia from the Roaring Twenties to the boom years of the 50s and 60s, when cash was king and street smart sharpies were happy to take it from you.  In most urban cities at the time this would've been the Jew Mob, a loose alliance of young gangsters, bootleggers, gamblers and con men with almost anything and everything for sale.  Izzy Lavner was known as one of the biggest bookies in town, having made and lost many fortunes over a 65-year career in the rackets.  This is his story, from working during Prohibition for Boo Boo Hoff to moving over to the new Philly Jew Mob led by Nig Rosen in the 1930s, from escapades with Stumpy Orman, Cappy Hoffman and Willie Weisberg to dalliances with the K&A Gang, from arrest number one at the age of 12 for bootlegging to decades of paying off cops, pols and judges...all told in a colorful narrative by a nephew who spent over 50 years interviewing, researching and cataloging this rare and unique history of one of the most significant criminal enterprises in Philadelphia history.  Hardcover.  476 pages.

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