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Paddy Whacked

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2005

    Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish American Gangster

    A sad but great detailed look into Irish American history. At times it is actually scairy that these things even occured in the U.S. and only blocks from where I had grown up. I enjoyed this better than the 'Westies' , which is one of my all time fav's. Good luck to T.J.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2005

    Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish American Gangster

    A must read for any Irish-American. I found this book 10 times better than 'The Westies', and that was a great book. I read it in two sittings. A+

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2005

    A classic and monumental history of poor inner city Irish in America.

    TJ English masterfully ties together 150 years of Irish American criminal history from the desperate hooligans created by the great potato famine of the1850s to their descendants still living in Irish American ghettos today. The American inner city world of politics and crime, in English¿s skilled hands, becomes a sort of ¿new old country¿ in which the reader is completely immersed with brutal stories of desperation and survival. If you are a crime buff of any kind you will not be able to put this book down. If you are Irish American and curious about why we are the way we are, this book is a high powered microscope focused on the primal struggles of the toughest of the tough, trying to get ahead using the only skill they ever learned on the streets of America, violent crime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2006

    The Real Mobsters

    The real mobsters in the United States underworld were not, as this book makes clear, the Mafia or La Cosa Nostra. It was the good old paddies from counties Galway, Donegal, and Kerry in Ireland who came over in the mass immigration from English tryanny and entrenched themselves within a generation into the preeminent political force behind the WASPS in our society. Being an Irish American with several other ethnicities, but primarily Irish, I proudly found out that the Irish mob had its fair share of very illustriuiousally colorful but otherwise savage characters in its history like Old Smoke Morrissey, Mike McDonald, Owney Madden, Big Bill Dwyer, George 'Bugs' Moran, the Celtic bomber fatalist Danny 'The Irishman' Greene, Pat Nee, and my personal favorite, Dion O'Bannion, who told Al Capone that those 'Sicilians can go to hell.' The war between the dagos and the micks started into an underground war that reverberates on the streets to this day. Also in this authoritaive paean is back gangland stories of Lucky Luciano and his ushering the Irish off the center stage. Also is the patriarch and the brilliance of the white-collar side of the Irish mob in the form of Joseph P. Kennedy. English has a marvellous chapter on the second-generation Kennedys as they played hardball against the Italians and Jack ended up on the wrong side of the bullet as a resul t of Bobby's crusading and Joseph's dealing with La Cosa Nostra, particularly Giacona. The latter-day Irish mobsters were repugnant, straying from the old ways, being dry snitches and C.I.'s for the government, especially Whitey Bulger. The Westies were the most malicious group of the Irish and the off-the-wall in drug taking and their liquor (a regrettable habit of the Irish), whereas Whitey and his partner Steve Flemmi were nothing but Third World thugs ruling an American borough on the East Coast. Whitey was particularly brutal and evil, quite simply, a killer just for killings' sake because he enjoyed while Flemmi was psychotic especially with women. As English writes, 'Only the demons survive.'

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    irish eyes really do smile

    If uve seen gangs of new york, and liked it, then u will love this read. Plenty of historical facts that take u back when new york was a gangster ran city. Nothing really changes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    learned more than i xpected and very interestin to read .....

    learned more than i xpected and very interestin to read .....

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  • Posted February 5, 2012

    And you thought the Irish were all religious!

    Slow in places, but a very good read - especially if you're Irish.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    PADDYWHACKED

    EXCELLENT !!!!

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