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Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish American Gangster

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Here is the shocking true saga of the Irish American mob, from the mid-nineteenth century all the way to the present day. History shows that the heritage of the Irish American gangster was established in America long before that of the more widely portrayed Italian American mafioso, and has held strong through the modern age. In fact, the highest-ranking organized crime figure on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List — alongside Osama bin Laden — is not a wiseguy, a Latin King, or a gangbanging Blood or Crip, but an old-style Irish American mob boss from South Boston.

In Paddy Whacked, bestselling author and organized crime expert T. J. English brings to life nearly two centuries of Irish American gangsterism, which spawned such unforgettable characters as Mike King Mike McDonald, Chicago's subterranean godfather; Big Bill Dwyer, New York's most notorious rumrunner during Prohibition; Mickey Featherstone, troubled Vietnam vet turned Westies gang leader from Hell's Kitchen; and James Whitey Bulger, the ruthless and untouchable Southie legend. This is an epic story of corrupt politics, wanton murders, gambling empires, notorious brothels, tough women, and hard-drinking pugilists from the underbelly of America's most dangerous cities — including New York, Boston, New Orleans, Chicago, Kansas City, and Cleveland.

Combining storytelling verve with thorough research and a slew of never-before-published material — including new interviews with former gang members — English presents a riveting, seamless cultural history of the Irish American underworld. He offers a brilliant portrait of a people who fought tooth and nail for a better life from the moment they arrived in America, whether it meant taking charge within the realms of law enforcement and politics — from Tammany Hall to the White House — or capitalizing on what opportunities they could in the darker world beyond the law. Paddy Whacked is an irresistible tour of the undercarriage of our history — a ride that stretches from the earliest New York and New Orleans street wars through decades of bootlegging scams, union strikes, gang wars, and FBI investigations ... and along the way deepens our understanding of the American experience.

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Here is the shocking true saga of the Irish American mob. In Paddy Whacked, bestselling author and organized crime expert T. J. English brings to life nearly two centuries of Irish American gangsterism, which spawned such unforgettable characters as Mike "King Mike" McDonald, Chicago's subterranean godfather; Big Bill Dwyer, New York's most notorious rumrunner during Prohibition; Mickey Featherstone, troubled Vietnam vet turned Westies gang leader; and James "Whitey" Bulger, the ruthless and untouchable Southie legend. Stretching from the earliest New York and New Orleans street wars through decades of bootlegging scams, union strikes, gang wars, and FBI investigations, Paddy Whacked is a riveting tour de force that restores the Irish American gangster to his rightful preeminent place in our criminal history — and penetrates to the heart of the American experience.

Synopsis:

Re-created by the bestselling author of "The Westies, Paddy Whacked" is the shocking history of Irish-American gangsterism from the 19th century to the present. 16-page photo insert.

About the Author

T. J. English is a noted journalist, screenwriter, and author of two previous books: The Westies, a national bestseller and New York Times Notable Book, and Born to Kill, which was nominated for an Edgar Award. A former writer for Irish America Magazine, English has also been published in Esquire, Playboy, and New York magazines. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060590031
Author:
English, T J
Publisher:
ReganBooks
Author:
English, T. J.
Author:
by T. J. English
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Organized crime
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Organized crime -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Irish-American criminals - United States -
Subject:
US History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20060231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.08 in 16.08 oz

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History and Social Science » Crime » Criminology
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Product details 480 pages ReganBooks - English 9780060590031 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Here is the shocking true saga of the Irish American mob. In Paddy Whacked, bestselling author and organized crime expert T. J. English brings to life nearly two centuries of Irish American gangsterism, which spawned such unforgettable characters as Mike "King Mike" McDonald, Chicago's subterranean godfather; Big Bill Dwyer, New York's most notorious rumrunner during Prohibition; Mickey Featherstone, troubled Vietnam vet turned Westies gang leader; and James "Whitey" Bulger, the ruthless and untouchable Southie legend. Stretching from the earliest New York and New Orleans street wars through decades of bootlegging scams, union strikes, gang wars, and FBI investigations, Paddy Whacked is a riveting tour de force that restores the Irish American gangster to his rightful preeminent place in our criminal history — and penetrates to the heart of the American experience.
"Synopsis" by , Re-created by the bestselling author of "The Westies, Paddy Whacked" is the shocking history of Irish-American gangsterism from the 19th century to the present. 16-page photo insert.

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