Tokyo Underworld: the Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan
By (author) Robert Whiting
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Tokyo Underworld: the Fast Times and Hard Life of an American Gangster in Japan by Robert Whiting
Book Description"A fascinating look at some fascinating people who show how democracy advances hand in hand with crime in Japan."--Mario Puzo In this unorthodox chronicle of the rise of Japan, Inc., Robert Whiting, author of You Gotta Have Wa, gives us a fresh perspective on the economic miracle and near disaster that is modern Japan. Through the eyes of Nick Zappetti, a former GI, former black marketer, failed professional wrestler, bungling diamond thief who turned himself into "the Mafia boss of Tokyo and the king of Rappongi," we meet the players and the losers in the high-stakes game of postwar finance, politics, and criminal corruption in which he thrived. Here's the story of the Imperial Hotel diamond robbers, who attempted (and may have accomplished) the biggest heist in Tokyo's history. Here is Rikidozan, the professional wrestler who almost single-handedly revived Japanese pride, but whose own ethnicity had to be kept secret. And here is the story of the intimate relationships shared by Japan's ruling party, its financial combines, its ruthless criminal gangs, the CIA, American Big Business, and perhaps at least one presidential relative. Here is the underside of postwar Japan, which is only now coming to light.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780375724893
(204mm x 135mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 1-May-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert Whiting
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The first full-scale investigation of the dramatic material transformation of the English parish church during the English Reformation.
Tokyo Underworld, Paperback (June 2012)
An insider's view of Japan's underworld of organized crime.
Local Responses to the English Reformation, Hardback (May 1998)
Re-examines the impact of the English Reformation upon the English people. Drawing on the author's research into church art and written records such as wills and parish accounts, this book challenges several of the existing interpretations of this era.
Blind Devotion of the People, Paperback (October 1991)» View all books by Robert Whiting
A major investigation of the English Reformation, based primarily on original research in the south-west.
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