Bugsy Siegel: The dark side of the American Dream

Hosted by The Detroit Jewish Book Fair


  • Thu, Nov 11
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST
  • Online event



Author and journalist Michael Shnayerson discusses his new biography, Bugsy Siegel: The Dark Side of the American Dream with Mike Smith, Archivist at Detroit Jewish News Foundation.

About Bugsy Siegel: The dark side of the American Dream (Click here to purchase)

In this captivating portrait, author Michael Shnayerson sets out not to absolve gangster Bugsy Siegel of his crimes, but rather to understand him in all his complexity. In a brief life that led to a violent end, Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel rose from poverty to ill‐gotten riches. Born in 1906 to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants and raised on the Lower East Side, Siegel would build a kingdom of his own making in Las Vegas that ultimately led to his demise in 1947. Along the way he would gain and lose a fortunate, befriend some of the most famous actors in Hollywood and infamous gangsters of his time, and may have been responsbile for numerous murders.

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