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Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish-American Gangster
In this book T.J. English brings to life nearly two centuries of Irish American gangsterism, which spawned unforgettable characters such 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.
At once a brilliant social history, a startling examination of the dark side of the American Dream, and a great rip-roaring yarn spun by a master storyteller….English’s feat of tying it all together is nothing short of a literary triumph.
Thomas Kelly — author of EMPIRE RISING