Unable to regain his place on the ladder, he joined the US army after America entered the first World War in When he went for his medical, the doctor, noting the various knife wounds and marks on his body, asked Eastman what other wars he had fought in. Accepted, he was sent to France where he became a battlefield hero. Back in New York in , Governor Al Smith signed an executive order restoring Eastman to full untainted citizenship.
But the leopard changeth not his spots. He was buried with military honours.
This is a fascinating book, though many of the anecdotes related casually are much more ghastly than the quaint tale of the Monk - for example, the famed "Ladies' Night" of when "the boys" decided that for once they would answer the constant questions of their wives and girlfriends as to "what do you DO when you are out at night, where do you go when you disappear for 48 hours? One of the ladies had the honour of lighting the match which set off his funeral pyre. So then they knew. Cohen's book is very interesting, although it suffers somewhat from the circumstances of its birth, the old men's tales in diners which often seem to constitute its main structure.
The measured progression of Lawrence Ber green's biography of Al Capone, for example, is missing.
Yet Cohen did not base his book only on the anecdotes of those still alive who remember the Jewish gangsters. One of his main sources of information was an archive in Chambers Street, Manhattan, where, he says, he spent three solid months sorting through boxes of material relating to Jewish gangsters, and Murder Incorporated in particular. The archive boxes contain ice picks used in assassinations, ropes used to strangle people, getaway maps - a confused jumble that reflects colourfully the life and times of the Jewish gangs.
They were mostly small-timers, Cohen says, but the foot soldiers of the whole gang era.
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