May 11, 2005

by Andrew Silow-Carroll
What makes Jack Abramoff run?

Is Jack Abramoff the 21st century version of Sammy Glick, Budd Schulberg's ruthlessly careerist Hollywood mogul?

It’s probably unfair to compare Abramoff to Sammy Glick. Glick grew up in abject poverty on the Lower East Side; Abramoff’s parents moved to Beverly Hills when he was a boy. Sammy turned his back on religion, while Abramoff adopted Orthodox Jewish practice as a teenager. Sammy was a successful filmmaker; Abramoff’s stab at movie production, the lurid 1988 thriller Red Scorpion, was a critical and box office flop.

But there are certain parallels, shall we say.

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