"A first-rate portrait...a rare exception... Cheers to Ms. Jacobson for keeping alive the memory of New York nightlife’s golden era, and a man who embodied it."—The New York Times


Toots Shor is many things to many people,” said Edward R. Murrow of the legendary Manhattan saloonkeeper in 1955.  A friend to the famous, a crook to the feds, father, brother, gambler, bum, but most of all Toots Shor was the owner of America’s greatest saloon. From its post-WW II heyday to its devastating decline in the 1970s, TOOTS reveals as much about the city Toots loved as it does about this self-made, unapologetic, quintessentially American man and his enduring legacy.