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Lucky Eddie: The Life, Times, and Family of former U.S. Congressman, Edward G. Breen

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

    Books as good as this are rare to find these days

    I fell in love with the book ¿Lucky Eddie.¿ It is superb and wonderful in every way. I think everyone will find something to like in the fascinating stories. Young and old alike will be entranced with this man¿s life. If you have a passion for history and famous people, then this is the book for you. It is funny and also sad in parts. Just a truly interesting read that you don¿t want to put down until you have read it all. I learned so much from this book on major historical events of the past 100 years.

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  • Posted January 25, 2009

    Lucky Eddie is like a real life Forrest Gump

    For readers who like stories such as Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers, I highly recommend the book ¿Lucky Eddie.¿ It is about a poor Irish family who comes to America and achieves the American Dream. But it is far more than just a family saga. The focal character is Edward G. ¿Eddie¿ Breen whose life is as varied and exciting as Forrest Gump's. Without meaning to, Eddie always seemed to be in the middle of history making events. He started out in the hotel business, where he became friends with the famous people who stayed at the grand hotels he managed. With his movie star good looks he fit right in with such notables as Amelia Earhart, Ray Bolger, the Roosevelts, Orville Wright, Ohio Gov. James M. Cox, and even John Dillinger. Eddie then got drafted into World War II and was an integral part in the invasions of North Africa, Sicily and Bari, Italy. His adventures with sultans and kings, bombing attacks from Germans, as well as colorful fellow soldiers will not be found in any history book. After the war, he got into politics. He served as the youngest mayor ever in the Midwest city of Dayton, Ohio and then went to Washington as a congressman. He was friends with John F. Kennedy, President Truman, and was involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Eddie was in numerous situations where his life was in danger but somehow he made it through. This well-documented story is told through anecdotes, letters and newspaper articles, as well as historical photos, some of which have never been published before. And Eddie is not the only member of his family with an exciting life. His sister was a spy for the OSS during World War II, his grandfather helped runaway slaves escape to the freedom of the north, and various other members of his family had unusual experiences with the likes of Rudolf Valentino and Fred Astaire. How one family from the Midwest could have such amazing and unusual adventures with such a wide variety of historical characters makes for a fascinating read.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    A fine tribute from a son to his father.

    Being an old friend of the author's mother and the Focke family I would have liked to see more about them, but as the title certainly tells us, this is all about Eddie. The descriptions of Dayton and its two fine hotels brought back all sorts of memories, including a formal dinner where I met one of the twins, who became my high school sweetheart for about a year. A great family and - for me -- a great read. I gave the book to my sister, who had Connie Focke as her bridesmaid. A special niche book, but one of the first order. Someone interested in Democratic politics of the era will also enjoy "Lucky Eddie."

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  • Posted October 13, 2009

    Learning about local history.

    I have lived in Dayton for many years and find that I did not know much about local history other than the Wright Brothers, John Patterson, NCR Corp. and other stories that seem to appear many times. This book covers so many interesting aspects of Eddie Breen and his family plus his exceptional military service. I would recommend it to anyone that wants to read more about the city and its early history.

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