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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

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Great story. Great book.

I rarely write reviews, but this was an outstanding book. Excellent story, excellent narrator. I did not know much about Hoffa or the teamsters now I do!

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wow, great story!

wow, it's better than a movie. well written and presented facts and places, can't believe It's true, especially since I'm from same town as Russ

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Awesome work

Read this book when it came out, lend it to a friend and never got it back. Can’t wait for the film, Charles Brandt did an amazing job with this one.

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A great true story! Audio could have been better!

Narration could have been better but overall a great true story!
interesting facts about Jimmy Hoffa and the unions in that era!

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Amazing read!

Shuch an interesting story about the mob and all of the iner workings of it.

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Amazing research...great insight

Being raised in Michigan, the Hoffa thing was always part of the folklore, not just his disappearance but his legend in general.

Local community always knew it was the mob but how and where was always suspect.

This book and it’s author bring to light incredible and complicated relationships which affected our culture, our nation, and our psyche and still do today.

Imagine if RFK was never the AG, imagine if Hoffa had not been released from prison till the 80s, imagine if Fitzsimmons was taken out in the late 70s. Any of these could have changed the outcome of many things to include the Vietnam War, Nixon winning the Presidency, and of course Hoffa living a long life and maybe averting the decline of Detroit.

This book is absolutely worth the read and its important, because to forgot history is to repeat it again.

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Entertaining

I've been a Teamster for 23yrs and was always curious about the history/death of Jimmy Hoffa. This book was very entertaining, and I was able to relive those moments that were so critical to Teamster history. I've read other books and not sure which is true, but this is by far the most entertaining.

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Outstanding!

Great book. Glad I finally did this one. I believe I know what happened now.

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Excellent overall

Great narrator, fantastic writing, and seemingly factual. The story progressed nicely and I'm looking forward to the movie in 2018.

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great story great narration

finally the case of the disappearance of Hoffa is solved. looking forward to the movie .