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Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice | [Kevin Cullen, Shelley Murphy]

Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice

Raised in a South Boston housing project, James "Whitey" Bulger became the most wanted fugitive of his generation. In this riveting story, rich with family ties and intrigue, award-winning Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy follow Whitey’s extraordinary criminal career - from teenage thievery to bank robberies to the building of his underworld empire and a string of brutal murders.
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Publisher's Summary

Raised in a South Boston housing project, James "Whitey" Bulger became the most wanted fugitive of his generation. In this riveting story, rich with family ties and intrigue, award-winning Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy follow Whitey’s extraordinary criminal career - from teenage thievery to bank robberies to the building of his underworld empire and a string of brutal murders.

It was after a nine-year stint in Alcatraz and other prisons that Whitey reunited with his brother William "Billy" Bulger, who was soon to become one of Massachusetts’s most powerful politicians. He also became reacquainted with John Connolly, who had grown up around the corner from the Bulgers and was now - with Billy’s help - a rising star at the FBI. Once Whitey emerged triumphant from the bloody Boston gang wars, Connolly recruited him as an informant against the Mafia. Their clandestine relationship made Whitey untouchable; the FBI overlooked gambling, drugs, and even homicide to protect their source. Among the close-knit Irish community in South Boston, nothing was more important than honor and loyalty, and nothing was worse than being a rat. Whitey is charged with the deaths of 19 people killed over turf, for business, and even for being informants; yet to this day he denies he ever gave up his friends or landed anyone in jail.

©2013 Globe Newspaper Company, Inc. (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    A. Garofalo boston 02-20-14
    A. Garofalo boston 02-20-14 Member Since 2013

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    "boring"

    I could barely finish this book. I'm familiar with Boston and Whitey Bulger, but for some reason this book just could not spark my interest. I feel like everything I read was the same old thing. Boring.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Joliet, IL, United States 03-13-14
    Michelle Joliet, IL, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2013

    Just started listening to audiobooks and have found I really love them! I mostly listen when I run/walk but am now adding other activities.

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    "Bored and couldn't get into it."
    What would have made Whitey Bulger better?

    I'm not sure what would have made this book better, but I consistently lost interest. I tried and tried to get through this book but just couldn't.


    Has Whitey Bulger turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This book has turned me off of other books in this genre, unfortunately.


    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 01-28-14
    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2010

    Why ever would I do that?

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    What did you love best about Whitey Bulger?

    While I do not wish to glamorize what Bulger did in his crime-centered existence, I must say that he was a cool cat. Loyal to his parents, brother and immediate "families." Whitey did have his principles - Sunday was a thug-free day. He adhered to the mobster code that bystanders and children were never to be hurt.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Whitey Bulger?

    For me, when Whitey, gun in hand, looked through a front-facing window of a rival's house, drew down on the man, but smiled and walked away instead. He passed up on an easy kill because there was a child in the room with his nemesis.


    Have you listened to any of James Colby’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. What a gem I have missed.I greatly admire James Colby's credibility in his reading. It's as if either Bulger is telling the story, his FBI "handlers" or other gangsters. Colby was a perfect fit for this book. My next step is to search Audible for books read by Mr. Colby.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Irish wiseguy ... I have no clue. Wiseguy offs other wiseguys (who need killing)?


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Engrossed and hooked from the first chapter.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    John Covey 03-31-14
    John Covey 03-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    Would you listen to Whitey Bulger again? Why?

    Very good book and interesting subject matter. Read with just the right tone, and excellent skill. Like a "who done it" mystery, but real life.


    What other book might you compare Whitey Bulger to and why?

    I've read Rifleman about Stevie Flemmie and that was good background to this book. Being from Massachusetts I'm fascinated by this subject.


    Have you listened to any of James Colby’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wish I could, but too long.


    Any additional comments?

    Good read/listen. I recommend it highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Gangsters and guns - A real life story."

    It seems that the successful American Boston family had a Polititian and a ne'er do well. A policeman and a gangster. And Whitey Bulger's was no different. I was amazed to see he was still active right up into the recent past! Only in June 2012, at 83 he was in Court on numerous counts of murder.

    This is a man who's past had to catch up with him. His life as a gangster in the 50's and 60's in Boston was not for the faint hearted and the biggest surprise is that the Feds. took so long to get him permanently in prison.

    A great book and really well narrated. Thank you.

    Brian

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