James Michael Curley
"One of the best-known Boston politicians of our times recalls the life of the controversial but beloved mayor, congressman, and governor James Michael Curley. Curley was the greatest Irish-American politician in Boston history before John F. Kennedy, who actually won Curley's seat in Congress. As the voice of working Boston, Curley was loved to the point of adoration, even as he was being hustled off to jail for what he called ""taking care of constituents."" Bulger, who was growing up in Boston just as Curley's career and life were winding down, explains how such a ""rascal"" could have been an inspiration to him and so many others."
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Excellent read!!! Curley's influence on Boston and its residential life still endures today. He boldly enforced a seismic shift in Boston politics from Brahmin prioritizing their businesses and dominating generational wealth to prioritize Boston's invaluable working class. Only William Bulger could capture the essence of Curley. Bulger lived during Curley's time and none have more firsthand experience in the politics of Boston and Mass. Whether you are a Boston native or are new to the city, this book gives a highly entertaining education on the real Boston. Loved it!