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American Gangster

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American Gangster

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
158 minutes
Wide Release Date:
11/02/07
performer:
Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington, Brian Grazer, T.I.
director:
Ridley Scott
distributor:
Universal
author:
71679, 10690
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it an A-

The highlight of magazine journalist Mark Jacobson’s collection is the title piece, a profile of ’70s Harlem drug lord Frank Lucas that inspired the Denzel Washington/Russell Crowe film. That riveting account of Lucas’ rise and fall is reason enough to pick up American Gangster, but Jacobson’s other stories, spanning 30 years of NYC history, offer gripping reading as well. Whether covering the high life or lowlifes, Jacobson boasts a novelistic eye and muscular prose in the tradition of urban chroniclers like Joseph Mitchell, A.J. Liebling, and Pete Hamill. A-

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