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Harlem Godfather

By: Karen E. Quinones,Mayme Johnson
Narrated by: Patricia R. Floyd
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The first and only full biography on legendary Harlem gangster, Bumpy Johnson who was depicted in the movies Cotton Club, Hoodlum, and American Gangster 

Al Capone may have ruled Chicago. Lucky Luciano may have run most of New York City. But from the 1930s to the late 1960s, when it came to Harlem, the undisputed king of the underworld was Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson. Bumpy was a man whose contradictions are still the root of many an argument in Harlem. But there is one thing on which both his supporters and detractors agree in his lifetime, Bumpy was the man in Harlem. Harlem Godfather: The Rap on My Husband, Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson is the first complete biography of a man who for years was Harlem's best kept, and most cherished, secret. There is also a full chapter on Madame Stephanie St. Clair, the infamous Harlem numbers banker who instigated the famous fight with Jewish mobster Dutch Schultz. The book is written by Bumpy's widow, Mayme Johnson, and details not only his criminal life but also his personal life. 

This book also details Bumpy's relationship Harlem dopedealer with Frank Lucas, who has called himself Bumpy's right-hand man, but was -according to Mrs. Johnson - little more than a flunky.

©2008 Oshun Publishing, Inc. (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Narrator was terrible! She tried too hard and at times was a total distraction.

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Great Story!

Great Story about the man known as Bumpy Johnson as told by his wife!

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Farewell to the KING OF HARLEM!

This was a great read I learned so much more about Bumpy Johnson. Farewell.

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Excellence in the reading and story telling

I stayed on the edge of my seat even though I have known about Bumpy Johnson for many years

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Great Reviewer

I loved the background story, describing how Bumpy Johnson became a NYC crime boss .

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Amazing

Growing up in harlem Mr. Bumpy was a legend of course I was too young to ever meet him but I knew a few old timers that spoke of him highly this book confirmed almost word for word what they told me about him thank you mrs Johnson this book is perfect

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Great Book

Entertained from start to finish. She touched on every single topic that I hope she would; Malcolm X, Bumpy's involvement with the Alcatraz escape, Redd Dillard, Bumpy's mistresses, Frank Lucas, etc. Great Book!

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All over the place!

This book is more of a Harlem History lesson than about Bumpy Johnson 1 star for sure.