Join us at The Book Stall as author R.D. Rosen discusses and signs copies of his new book, Tough Luck!
"Who could ever imagine that the ascent of professional football in the 1940s and the demise of the rackets in New York City could be told through the lens of one immigrant family! This is a great and beautifully written untold story."--Gay Talese, author of The Voyeur's Motel.
This event is free and open to the public. We ask that you buy your copy of Tough Luck from The Book Stall if you enter the book-signing queue.
About the book: TOUGH LUCK: Sid Luckman, Murder Inc., and the Rise of the Modern NFL by R.D. Rosen tells for the first time the full, remarkable true story of Sid Luckman, legendary quarterback for the Chicago Bears, and his disgraced father, a Brooklyn mobster convicted of murder. Layered over an unforgettable era of 1930s and 1940s, TOUGH LUCK follows the Luckmans, an immigrant Jewish family, and the role they played in two important historical events—the disintegration of the murderous New York mob rackets and the rise of the National Football League.
About the author: R. D. Rosen's many books include recent nonfiction that connects America's past and present, including A Buffalo in the House: The True Story of a Man, an Animal, and the American West and Such Good Girls: The Journey of the Holocaust's Hidden Child Survivors. He won an Edgar Allan Poe Award for his first of five mystery novels featuring retired Jewish major league baseball player-turned-detective Harvey Blissberg, and has written about sports for many national publications. He has served as a senior editor for both ESPN Books and Workman Publishing, and once upon a time wrote or performed comedy for PBS, HBO, and Saturday Night Live. He grew up across the street from Sid Luckman in Highland Park, Illinois, and lives in New York, where he still roots for the Chicago Bears.
In the long annals of sports and crime, no story compares to the one that engulfed the Luckman family in 1935. As 18-year-old Sid Luckman made headlines across New York City for his high school football exploits at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, his father, Meyer Luckman, was making headlines in the same papers for a very different reason: the gangland murder of his own brother-in-law.