Button Man

Button Man

Book - 2018
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Morris, Sol, and Harry Rabishevsky grew up poor and rough on New York's Lower East Side, until the death of their father forced them to support the family. Morris, the youngest, but the most driven and pugnacious, apprentices himself at twelve to a garment manufacturer; bookish Sol drops out of accounting school; but Harry, scarred by a family tragedy, is lured under the wing of a charismatic crime figure. Morris rises through the factory until, at age twenty-one, he convinces Sol to join him in their own business. But Harry can't give up the glamor and prestige that comes from being a "button man"--a gun man-- for Louis Buchalter, now the most ruthless mobster in New York. And when Buchalter sets his sights on the unions that control the garment factories, a fatal showdown is inevitable, pitting brother against brother.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2018
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250179982
Characteristics: 371 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Button man : a novel


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Nov 29, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. The story is based on the true story of the author’s grandfather. The main characters are Jewish immigrants who make their way up in the garment industry in New York City. Along the way, they have to contend with members of gangs such as Murder Incorporated, so there are many characters whose names and histories the reader will recognize. The story is very well written; it moves along quickly and the characters are very real and have depth. All in all, a really excellent read.


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