Soon to be the major motion picture The Irishman starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, directed by Martin Scorsese.
"I heard you paint houses" are the first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran. To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors.
In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than 25 hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa. Sheeran learned to kill in the U.S. Army, where he saw an astonishing 411 days of active combat duty in Italy during World War II. After returning home he became a hustler and hit man, working for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino. Eventually he would rise to a position of such prominence that in a RICO suit then-U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani would name him as one of only two non-Italians on a list of 26 top mob figures.
When Bufalino ordered Sheeran to kill Hoffa, he did the deed, knowing that if he had refused he would have been killed himself. Sheeran's important and fascinating story includes new information on other famous murders, and provides rare insight to a chapter in American history. Charles Brandt has written a page-turner that is destined to become a true crime classic.
©2005 Charles Brandt; (P)2008 Random House Audio
This is a real page turner and the man that read the book was amazing he really added to the story making it feel like you were in it and not just listening to our reading it I highly recommend this book!
It would be number one. This is a riveting tale of Frank Sheeran's life, how he became a hit man for the Mob, a leader in the Teamsters Union, and Jimmy Hoffa's murderer. Every moment is an astonishing revelation of what occurred between the Mob, the Kennedy's, Castro, Nixon and Jimmy Hoffa. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for the answers to so many questions about the events of the 50's, 60's and early 70's.
It is a true inside account of what it was like to slowly become indoctrinated into the Mob and rise to power on a national level. Also, what it was like being present at some of the most historic events of the mid 20th century. Sheeran created one event by being the trigger man in the Hoffa murder.
Nothing can match the account of how Hoffa was killed. Not only do we see the evil mechanics of such a high profile murder, we also can taste the emotion of the moment, and what a hit man thinks while going through such an action.
It is sad not only how he was abused by his father, but how he looses his own family twice.
Don't pass this up if you have any interest in the Mafia, Nixon's crimes, JFK's murder, Bobby Kennedy, and the revolution in Cuba.
Pretty great material in this book. Scott Brick does (as usual) a great job narrating. Brandt did a really great job in his research, although seems to be a little sympathetic (probably due to his personal relationship with the subject) towards the end. This person was an obvious monster in Life (regardless of how the subject wants to try to prop himself up by measuring himself against his own version of morality). The only thing I could have done less with, was with how I perceived Brandt praising his own book. Try playing the game of counting the number of times he brings up the title "I Hear you Paint Houses" throughout the book; or how he cites other people talking about how he single handedly solved the Hoffa case and you get frustrated quickly. It was a good book on it's own, it didn't need the author to sell you on that fact.
good story not sure you can believe everything in the book. have to remember criminals are good at making up stories. I find out plausible he was the killer. just not sure about all the other stories inn the book.
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