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Charles 'Lucky' Luciano was a vicious mobster who rose to become the king of the New York underworld. He was a legend - but also a fake master criminal manipulated by the federal agents who had put him behind bars. This myth-busting biography tells Luciano's real story, from his early days as a top hit man to his exploits running sex and narcotics empires and revelations about his trip to Nazi Germany to set up a drugs racket. Through painstaking research, Newark exposes the truth about what Luciano really did during the war and reveals the gangster's role as a Cold War agent, helping the US government fight Communism in Sicily. "Lucky Luciano: Mafia Murderer and Secret Agent" turns accepted Mafia history on its head with an extraordinary story that has never been told before.
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Tim Newark is the author of the critically acclaimed Mafia Allies and Empire of Crime. He contributes book reviews to the Financial Times, Time Out and the Daily Telegraph, and has also worked as a TV scriptwriter and historical consultant.
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