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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. 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:

Here is the true saga of the Irish American mob, from the mid-nineteenth century all the way to the present day. 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 is not a wiseguy, a Latin King, or a gangbanging Blood or Crip, but an old-style Irish American mob boss from South Boston.Combining storytelling with thorough research and a slew of never-before-published material, English presents a cultural history of the Irish American underworld.

Table of Contents

Blood at the root — A perfect hell on earth — Up from Mud City — Delirium tremens or new clothes on an old dame — The dagos vs. the micks — Requiem for a mad dog — The smoke-filled room and other tales of political malfeasance — Hard hats & hard men — The patriarch — Irish vs. Irish — I left my heart in Hell's Kitchen — Last call at the Celtic Club — Mickey's monkey — Southie serenade : Whitey on the run.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061868153
Subtitle:
The Untold Story of the Irish American Gangster
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Author:
English, T. J.
Author:
T. J. English
Subject:
History : General
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:
Crime-General
Subject:
Crime-Mobs and Organized Crime
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Subject:
US History-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20060221
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
480

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"Synopsis" by , Here is the true saga of the Irish American mob, from the mid-nineteenth century all the way to the present day. 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 is not a wiseguy, a Latin King, or a gangbanging Blood or Crip, but an old-style Irish American mob boss from South Boston.Combining storytelling with thorough research and a slew of never-before-published material, English presents a cultural history of the Irish American underworld.
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