The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber A deadpan true story so improbable and freewheeling that it reads like a tall tale, The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber sings the song of… The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber A deadpan true story so improbable and freewheeling that it reads like a tall tale, The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber sings the song of… Nonfiction Little Brown & Company
Book Review

The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Writer: Julian Rubinstein; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Little Brown & Company

A deadpan true story so improbable and freewheeling that it reads like a tall tale, The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber sings the song of Attila Ambrus, a Transylvanian pro hockey goalie who once gave up 23 goals in a single game and upped his income by robbing 29 Hungarian banks during a seven-year period in the 1990s. To a downtrodden, postcommunism public, ''Chicky Panther'' was a national hero; to the bank teller he presented with red roses before sticking her up, he was a gentleman robber; to the bartenders who filled him with whiskey before his heists, he was just another drunk. Julian Rubinstein, an American journalist, gives off a bit of the rogue-robber spirit himself; he plies us with so much (too much?) color and information on Attila and his times that his funny book might just make off with all your free time.

Originally posted Oct 01, 2004 Published in issue #786 Oct 01, 2004 Order article reprints
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