Gangster Squad

Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles by Paul Lieberman

  • Published: Sep 04, 2020

"Read this man's book." -James Ellroy A harrowing, edge-of-your-seat narrative of murder and secrets, revenge and heroism in the City of Angelsthe real events behind the blockbuster Warner Brothers film starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan... read more

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Details of Gangster Squad

Exact title of the book
Gangster Squad
Book author
Paul Lieberman
ISBN
9781250020161
Publisher
St. Martin's Publishing Group
Published
Aug 07, 2012
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
560
File size (in PDF)
5040 kB

Some brief overview of book

"Read this man's book." -James Ellroy A harrowing, edge-of-your-seat narrative of murder and secrets, revenge and heroism in the City of Angelsthe real events behind the blockbuster Warner Brothers film starring Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. GANGSTER SQUAD chronicles the true story of the secretive police unit that waged an anything-goes war to drive Mickey Cohen and other hoodlums from Los Angeles after WWII. In 1946, the LAPD launched the Gangster Squad with eight men who met covertly on street corners and slept with Tommy guns under their beds.

But for two cops, all that mattered was nailing the strutting gangster Mickey Cohen. Sgt. Jack O'Mara was a square-jawed church usher, Sgt.

Jerry Wooters a cynical maverick. About all they had in common was their obsession. So O'Mara set a trap to prove Mickey was a killer.

And Wooters formed an alliance with Mickey's budding rival, Jack "The Enforcer" Whalen. Two cops - two hoodlums. Their fates collided in the closing days of the 1950s, when late one night "The Enforcer" confronted Mickey and his crew.

The aftermath would shake both LA's mob and police department, and signal the end of a defining era in the city's history. Warner Brothers developed the film Gangster Squad based on the research award-winning journalist Paul Lieberman conducted for this book, which reveals the unbelievable true stories behind the film. He spent more than a decade tracking down and interviewing surviving members of the real police unit as well as families and associates of the mobsters they pursued.

Gangster Squad is a tour-de-force narrative reminiscent of LA Confidential.

About author

LIEBERMAN spent 24 years as a writer and editor at the Los Angeles Times and before that was projects editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has won dozens of journalism honors, including the Robert F. Kennedy Awards Grand Prize, a George Polk Award, Gerald Loeb Award and American Society of Newspaper Editors Award.

He also shared in two team Pulitzer Prizes at the L. A. Times, as a writer on its coverage of the Los Angeles Riots and an editor of its reporting on the Northridge Earthquake.

A native New Yorker, Lieberman is a graduate of Williams College and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, where he studied law and social history. He lives in Westchester County with his wife, Heidi, a school administrator.

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