King of the Jews (book)

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King of the Jews
AuthorNick Tosches
CountryUnited States
GenreBiography, Crime, Journalism
PublisherEcco (USA)
Publication date
May 3, 2005 (USA)
Media typePrint (Hardback, Paperback)
Pages336 pp (hardback first edition)
364.152/3/097471 22
LC ClassHV6534.N5 T67 2005

King of the Jews is a book by Nick Tosches. On the surface it is a biography of Arnold Rothstein, the man who reputedly fixed the 1919 World Series, inspired the characters of Meyer Wolfsheim in The Great Gatsby and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, and created the modern system of organized crime.

The book also contains numerous digressions away from its main subject, including: an extended linguistic discussion of transformation of the Hebrews from a polytheistic to monotheistic religion, early 20th-century European Jewish culture, acknowledging the lack of real information on the life of Rothstein, several instances of the author breaking from the various narratives to speak in the first person to the reader, and a repeating motif involving Jesus having sex with a woman.

The book began as an article in Vanity Fair, for which Tosches was a contributing editor.

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