Forty Shades of Green: The Junkman of Brooklyn

Forty Shades of Green: The Junkman of Brooklyn


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Forty Shades of Green: The Junkman of Brooklyn by Joan Flynn Beesley, Kimberly Beesley

Come with me on a journey across time and space. Across the landscape of today's Denver, Ireland in the mid-1800's and Brooklyn, New York in the early 1900's, to meet the "Forty Shades of Green". Meet Michael Flynn, the frail, coughing 3 year old boy fleeing the Famine and the English in County Leitrim, making his way up to Amity Street from the Brooklyn Harbor. Walk the streets as he and his father collect hawsers from the immigrant ships to sell for scrap. Listen to the sounds of the ships on the East River by his warehouse, the sounds of his horse-drawn wagon as he, now a teenager, collects old pots and pans from his neighbors to sell for scrap. Take a good look at his evolution to a canny Irish businessman, now in a top hat, pin-striped suit and gold watch fob, "intimate" with senators and politicians of The Democratic Brooklyn Ring, equivalent of Tammany Hall, yet equally active and charitable in The Emerald Society, The St. Patrick Day Parade and The Knights of Columbus. Watch the building of the Brooklyn Bridge as he rises from "Junk Man" to wealthy scrap metal industrialist. Hear the humanitarian decision he made during The Great Depression which in turn, made him a millionaire. Watch as he salvages anything metal, from submarines, Brooklyn "L" lines to the Huntington and many other WWI destroyers, even buying, and then selling the Normandy, back to the Navy as scrap for profit.

Told by his great-grand daughter, "Forty Shades of Green" is both a biography and autobiographical novel, recounting also the events beyond his death at 88, how the now-stern Irishman, confined to bed with arthritis, moved up to Prospect Park, passing his global aluminum and steel window business along to his sons and grandsons after WWI and WWII. Is the magic, talent and entrepreneurship of the family patriarch passed down through the Flynn family, the "Forty Shades of Green"? No stranger to terrorism, read the touching ending as Michael Flynn alters the destiny of the author herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491274071
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/17/2014
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Joan Beesley was born in 1946 in Brooklyn, New York and has had a lifelong fascination with her great-grandfather, Michael Flynn, the "Junkman of Brooklyn" and the empire he built.

Joan currently lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband of 45 years, Ed Beesley, children Robert, Rosemary and Kimberly and grandchildren Tyler, Dillon, Ellen and Ashleigh. Other books by Joan include "Hot House Flowers, I Just Wanted to Be Here When You Called My Name", a novel about pediatric cancer survival. Joan has also published two poetry collections,"Lot's Wife" and "Poems Along the Path", and "Witchbox, A Collection of Short Stories", all available on Kindle and most recently a memoir entitled "Through the Looking Glass."

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