Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish American Gangster

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - History - 480 pages
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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.

 

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User Review  - liz.mabry - LibraryThing

I'm putting this one on hold to come back to later. As neurotic as it sounds, the editing issues really put me off, but I will give it another chance at a later date. Read full review

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User Review  - schwager - LibraryThing

This book is an interesting conglomeration of the history of Irish American gangsterism in the United States. English (such an unfortunate name for an author writing on Irish Americans) presents a ... Read full review

Contents

introduction
PART One
CHAPTER One
CHAPTER Two
CHAPTER Three
CHAPTER Four
CHAPTER Five
CHAPTER Six
CHAPTER Eleven
CHAPTER Twelve
CHAPTER Thirteen
CHAPTER Fourteen
epilogue
sources
acknowledgments
searchable terms

CHAPTER Seven
PART two
CHAPTER Eight
CHAPTER Nine
CHAPTER Ten
About the Author
Praisefor Paddy Whacked
Copyright
About the Publisher

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T. J. English is a noted journalist, a screenwriter, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Havana Nocturne, Paddy Whacked, and The Savage City, as well as of The Westies, a national bestseller, and Born to Kill, which was nominated for an Edgar Award. He has written for Vanity Fair, Playboy, and Esquire, among other publications. His screenwriting credits include episodes of the television crime dramas NYPD Blue and Homicide, for which he was awarded the Humanitas Prize. He lives in New York City.

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