Skip to main content
  1. Arts & Entertainment
  2. Books

Sandra Lansky's memoir 'Daughter of the King: Growing Up in Gangland'

See also

In her memoir Daughter of the King: Growing Up in Gangland Sandra Lansky tells the fascinating story of what it was like to growing up as the daughter of infamous mob boss Meyer Lansky. Sandra’s unusual background is full of contradictions, explored in this book. She may have been the daughter of a man who was at the forefront of organized crime but she had the upbringing akin to a debutante. Growing up, Sandra was an American Princess, surrounded by luxury, and attended finishing schools but hers was not always the typical life of a privileged rich girl. She was aware of her father’s dark secrets but as his child was also in a position to see a surprisingly tender side to his personality.

Wild, fun-loving and wealthy Sandra lived it up at El Morocco and the Stork Club, described as the Paris Hilton of her time. However, she would know more than a little heartache in her life, including a psychologically troubled mother and her younger brother’s physical disability, as well as drug addiction.

This book provides a personal view of Meyer Lansky, who was probably the most private mafioso of his generation. Sandra’s feelings of love and devotion toward this complex man come shining through, along with an insider’s depiction of a colorful era in organized crime and the iconic figures that dominated it.

Bestselling biographer Bill Stadiem was Sandra’s collaborator on the book. The foreword was written my Wise Guy author Nick Pileggi.

Some information provided by Amazon.

Advertisement

Arts & Entertainment

  • Jack White
    Watch as Jack White covers Jay Z at the Forecastle Music Festival
    Headlines
  • Jay Z and Beyonce
    See how the rumors about Jay Z and Beyoncé splitting up came about
    Video
    Celebrity Buzz
  • Comic-Con
    San Diego Comic-Con 2014 exclusives: Entertainment Earth
    Camera
    20 Photos
  • Paul McCartney
    Take an exclusive look at Paul McCartney's soundcheck before a recent show
    Camera
    20 Photos
  • Katy Perry
    Watch Katy Perry transform from pop princess to one of the world's hottest women
    Camera
    19 Photos
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman
    Find out why Philip Seymour Hoffman left his children out of his will
    Video
    Today's Buzz