Dead Men's Wages: The Secrets of a London Conman & His Family (Financial Times Executive Briefings) pdf epub fb2

Dead Men's Wages: The Secrets of a London Conman & His Family (Financial Times Executive Briefings) by Lilian Pizzichini epub fb2 djvu

Author: Lilian Pizzichini
Title: Dead Men's Wages: The Secrets of a London Conman & His Family (Financial Times Executive Briefings)
ISBN: 0330484451
ISBN13: 978-0330484459
Other Formats: mobi lrf lrf azw
Pages: 271 pages
Publisher: Macmillan Pub Ltd (June 1, 2002)
Language: English
Size EPUB version: 1411 kb
Size FB2 version: 1624 kb
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Historical

Lillian Pizzichini's grandfather was a conman who worked with some of London's most notorious gangsters. Within the pages of this haunting and insightful account of his life, she recreates, in vivid detail, and with remarkable detachment, the world of criminals and corrupt policemen that he dominated until his death in 1978.Charlie Taylor's life spanned a period of social and political upheaval, and his story reflects those changes. Beginning in the early 1900s in working-class London, it charts his initiation into London's demi-monde by way of Oswald Mosley's blackshirts and wartime spivs. As a conman he used the postwar boom in building and the proliferation of illicit gaming clubs to infiltrate the highest echelons of society and the Flying Squad. Pizzichini also displays his dangerously chaotic family life, his obsession with adultery and drugs, and his unrelenting desire to be in control of all that he saw. This was a man who lived only for his own well-being. As his granddaughter lays bare his past, she reveals the corrosive effect of criminality on family life. And, finally, she gets to the truth behind the events and encounters that simultaneously crowned Charlie at the top of his dubious profession and pushed him over its precarious edge.This is a book to set the mind reeling with thoughts of cunning and intrigue, corruption, hardship and secrecy. Above all, it conveys beautifully the glamour and seduction of a London shrouded in mystery and this charismatic criminal who rose from its war-torn ashes.

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