GRITTY MEMOIR BURSTS THE GLAMORIZED BUBBLE OF HOLLYWOOD’S “WISEGUYS”
Rumble in Brooklyn is one of those all-too-rare books that combine history and art with intelligence, heart, and wit. If you want to know the way it really was, “Rumble” will show you. Outstanding. — Warren Murphy, screenwriter, The Eiger Sanction,
Description: A fat, four-eyed kid somehow finds himself growing up in the toughest and most Mafia-filled slum in the country. From surviving protection rackets at the age of five, violent anti-Semitism, and brutal gang wars, Rumble in Brooklyn goes straight into East New York to depict the street-fighting childhood of New York Times acclaimed crime writer Joseph Trigoboff. During the 1950’s and 60’s, he not only knew, but exchanged blows with members of street gangs that were headed by future “Goodfellas.” Rumble in Brooklyn tells the story of Trigoboff’s poignant, violent coming of age amidst the brutal bigotry of East New York – the most violent neighborhood in the toughest town in America – and the favorite dumping ground for any self-respecting Mafioso. Challenged daily to fights with bigger and stronger opponents in an environment that was always threatening and always changing, Rumble describes the enduring power of friendship as Jewish street kids fought together against anti-Semitic neighborhood gangs such as the New Lots Boys, Fountain & Pitkin the El Tones and the Roman Lords. But Rumble is also a tale about a father-son relationship that was not based on a love of sports, but his father’s love of literature. Lee Trigoboff, nicknamed Samson and Popeye for his immense strength, not only taught young Joe how to fight and survive on the streets, but also encouraged his son’s love of reading and writing.