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Paddy Whacked Audiobook

Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish American Gangster

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Publisher's Summary

Here is the shocking true saga of the Irish American mob.

In Paddy Whacked, best-selling 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 seemingly 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.

©2005 T. J. English (P)2016 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"This is an intense, erudite yet sometimes horrifying account of violent Celtic criminals who make the Dead End Kids look like choirboys." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Kevin Armstrong Naples, New York USA 03-06-17
    Kevin Armstrong Naples, New York USA 03-06-17 Member Since 2015

    Trackin Dog

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    "East coast gangland history."

    If you enjoy history and gangland stories you will love this. From 'Gangs of New York' to Hoffa and Booger. It is all here. Especially with regard to Irish gangsters.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Williams Asbury Park, NJ 07-10-16
    Jeremy Williams Asbury Park, NJ 07-10-16

    Jeremy S. Williams

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    "Amazing"

    One of the best. Informational but captivating storyline which traces the Irish mob from its origin up to recent times

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Casey Henn 01-26-17
    Casey Henn 01-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome book. T.J English is the man"

    David Colacci nailed it!! Irishman were tough bastard's, gritty to the core. Makes me want to research my roots.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    P. Higgins Hawaii 11-23-16
    P. Higgins Hawaii 11-23-16 Member Since 2016

    At the end of the day...it's the end of the day!

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    "Paddy Whacked"

    This was overall a great book full of fascinating facts on US underworld history. The only reason I did not give it full stars was it took a bit to get going and a tad long. But again, history is not always exciting, still a must have book.

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    Nick 02-04-17
    Nick 02-04-17
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    "Bad. Really, really bad."

    after chapter 8 this book becomes unbearably boring. I gave up around chapter 21. bummed I wasted my money.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu 08-29-16
    Lulu 08-29-16

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

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    "First Half - 4 Stars - Second Half - 2 Stars"

    I am evidently one of the few people not fascinated by organized crime. I see nothing romantic about gangsters or their activities and think that celebrating it in writing just encourages people to emulate essentially ugly and violent people. Plus I typically find most stories about organized crime raciest and bigoted. If I came from one of the ethnic groups typically maligned in these books I would be insulted.

    That said, this book was recommend to me primarily because the recommender thought it shared some Irish history I would find interesting. And I did. The first half of the book deals with Irish immigration to the US and some of the forces that led this group of immigrants to become disproportionately involved in organized crime - masquerading as politics. The author presented colorful characters that are often caricatured, as flesh and bone people.

    The later half of the book deals with prohibition, the rise of the Italian organized crime families and more recent Irish criminals. I did not care for this half of the book

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    Dr. Ron 05-23-17
    Dr. Ron 05-23-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A Masterpiece of Crime Writing"

    Loved this book. Great writing and great reading. A must-read if you are interested in American history. The Irishman 's role in crime in America is significant and enduring. A fascinating read.

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    Dennis United States 05-07-17
    Dennis United States 05-07-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Well Researcheand Reads Like A Crime Novel"

    This is the history of the Irish gangs in America. The author has well researched his topic and while there is ample details it is never boring. It reads more like a crime fictional novel but the events and characters are real. You wont be bored. T. J English does a great job at narration. I'm Irish and I really enjoyed this book.

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    B. Rush santa rosa CA USA 03-09-17
    B. Rush santa rosa CA USA 03-09-17 Member Since 2014
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    "a truly great book."

    The amount of time and detail in this book is amazing. Well done sir. History lessons.

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    "Damn Brutal Dem Irish"

    great read/listen.
    truly entertaining and informative.
    Anyone interested in Irish, gang,or even just the history of crime over the last 150 years , will be educated in an entertaining way.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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