Author Sammy Levitt gives readers a tour de force as he examines pressing issues in old school Philadelphia in his book, “Ben’s”

Renowned author Sammy Levitt brings a top-notch novel about old school Philadelphia, giving readers a sense of what it was like growing up in the Logan part of Philadelphia in the ’60s and ’70s.

Author Sammy Levitt’s top-rated book “Ben’s,” which examines pressing topics of politics, racism, organized crimes versus law enforcement in Philadelphia in the ’60s and ’70s, is now available in leading digital stores globally.

Beginning with the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Logan experienced a massive change and a shifting population. 

The racial boiling point in Philadelphia was ten years later, in 1978. Ben’s is set in the summer of that year when turf wars, crime, and political upheaval were rampant in the city. 

The central character, Torch, is a small-time numbers writer who works for Bah-Bah, the head of a lucrative gambling and loan shark operation in south Philadelphia. 

When Bah-Bah is forced to change the location of his business and go underground, he runs into some tense situations with the members of Ben’s. 

They are a loosely organized group of young men – including Torch – who are engaged in various types of petty crime and hustles. 

The situation is made more complicated and dangerous by the existence of a hidden meth lab and several local, rogue cops who want to find it and rip it off.

In a review, Jane Schmidt commended the book for containing an impressive action-packed adventure and gives readers a sense of what it was like growing up in the Logan part of Philadelphia in the ’60s and ’70s.

“Street gang wars between Logan and Olney as well as Nicetown mirrored the gang wars of the mafia that were running rampant,” Schmidt shared. 

Praises pour in for Levitt, with readers calling “Ben’s” a compelling and memorable novel that centers on social ills, including racism and drugs, at the time in Philadelphia.

A separate review from Victoria Sanita described the piece as a “great novel about old school Philadelphia.”

“The writing is good, and the characters are very substantial and real. It’s definitely worth the read,” Sanita said in her review.

Levitt was born and raised in Philadelphia. He graduated from Temple University and is a former Philadelphia city employee. 

His articles have appeared in Gambling Times, Win, and American Turf Monthly magazines. He has been an officer in the Roxborough Lodge Son’s of Italy for over 25 years.

Those who want to get a copy of “Ben’s” can purchase it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Book Depository

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