My wife started this book first and after telling me snippets, got intrigued enough to read it myself. The interesting part is the detail of how the Jewish mob intersected with the everyday guy. Everybody has read about the Mafia and aspects of Murder, Inc., but the relationships that existed between those who lived the Mob life and the regular working man are well told here. Gross was lucky to translate his grandfather's story and does well to convey the man's struggles and strength of character. This is a quick read because the story is real and the personalities are available on Wikipedia so you can see what they looked like and learn more about them.
The man has a true talent for writing. He has a great concern for detail and is consistent with them. I find them a great for non stop flights from Los Angeles to London or Hong Kong. If you start in the lounge before boarding you'll be able to make it thru the book uninterrupted. I have had the pleasure of reading all of Andy's book (even the ones with Patterson) He has a style that gives you all the details needed tor the mystery or to set the stage without pages of unrelated and unnecessary information. Any time I see his name on a book I know it will be a good read and a welcome gifts for friends.
An author friend recommended this book to me and I’m so glad she did. This is the first book I’ve read by Mr. Gross, but the rest are coming to the Kindle immediately. The story, the style, the action, the love of family, and the courage and resolve of Morris “Raab” -- this book has it all. You can literally hear the “yiddisher”, “Noo Yawk” accent in every word of dialogue, and that’s a tough act. And to learn that this is a personal story to Mr. Gross; a loving tribute to his remarkable grandfather. Read this book!
The Button Man is a terrific page turner based on actual characters. Having family who grew up in that world, I found myself transported to the streets of the Lower East side of NYC and the extreme poverty that new immigrants faced after arriving in NY. One can only marvel at this time period - a one of a kind - that overtook the city and garment industry one hundred years back.
Well written historical fiction about a segment of society with which I was unfamiliar. The Jewish garment trade and the rise of illegal unions followed by legal trade unions was very interesting. Well worth reading for insight into history and how immigrants achieved the American dream.
Tough guy Jewish clothing manufacturer. It's not a comprehensive history but is a fast moving story with a good feel for the gangsters, the immigrant population, the neighborhoods, and the times. Lots of familiar names from Louis Lepke to Thomas Dewey. My only disappointment was that there was not a single communist in the book even though the labor movement was an important part of the story.
I am a 75 year old woman and this book took me home. My father owned a a small fur coat factory that in later years became fur trimming . The verbiage was so alike the hours when he would come home to dinner and the cursing of the unions so reminds me of growing up. The affluence had no parallel. I cried throughout.Thank you for a wonderful read.
As a New Yorker and growing up with the garment industry a part of my life it was very interesting seeing how it started in New York and watching it leave New York. I loved.watching the development of the main character. I loved his drive and values
Very much enjoyed this based-on-reality novel. Characters are very believable, warts and all. Colorful portrayal of New York's gritty garment business in its naissance, its unions and organized crime. Highly recommend.
I very rarely give five stars for a book, but this had everything! I loved the rich history, the characters, the excitement, and the story. I couldn’t put it down. Andrew Gross keeps get better and better. The author’s notes in the back touched my heart and made the perfect ending! Wait and read that last.