Brutal: The Untold Story of My Life Inside Whitey Bulger's Irish Mob Paperback – Mar 13 2007
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“Weeks lands a knockout punch with this compelling look at one of the most intriguing figures in the American underworld.” (– George Anastasia, bestselling author of The Last Gangster)
“Rarely have the nuts-and-bolts of ‘the gangster life’ been laid bare in such shocking, unvarnished detail.” (– T. J. English, New York Times bestselling author of Paddy Whacked and The Westies)
“Mesmerizing and fascinating ... no organized crime fiction I have read has anything on this book. I couldn’t put it down.” (– Michael Palmer, New York Times bestselling author of The Society)
“…most interesting and accurate. When Weeks talks about Bulger, he’s got the goods and he makes clear the others don’t.” (– Boston Sunday Globe)
“Weeks has made his literary bones. He has credibility…” (– Boston Phoenix)
“Absorbing.” (—Deseret Morning News)
“Bulger has spawned a handful of books about his mayhem. So far, Weeks’ is the best. ” (– Cleveland Plain Dealer)
“A dazzling story...Brutal is the most revealing and chilling true crime story that I have ever read.” (– Julian Krainin, Producer of “Quiz Show” and “Something the Lord Made”)
About the Author
Kevin Weeks is out of prison and living a clean life in Massachusetts.
Phyllis Karas is the coauthor of two previous books. She is a contributor to People magazine and an adjunct professor at the Boston University School of Journalism. She lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with her husband.
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Another well-written book about the Boston Irish mob, which will provide further insight into this fascinating topic (from the view of two Boston journalists)is Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill's "Black Mass". I have purchased Rat Bastards (about alleged enforcer James O'Shea), however have yet to read it. The Westies (T.J. English - author) is another book written on the New York Irish Mob and also looks like a very good read. I like the writing style of T.J. English (Born to Kill) and am sure I will not be disappointing. A book which really peaks my interest is Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob written by Edward MacKenzie Jr.
Furthermore, the most interesting looking book on this genre (which I haven't read) is the book Paddy Whacked. Paddy Whacked is also written by T.J. English and looks like a very informative read. It would probably be the best book to start out with if you are new to this topic. P.W. details the rise of the Irish Mob from its early origins here in North America and it looks like a very interesting read (which I will undoubtedly purchase in the near future).
In my view there are too many Biker (1%) and Italian Mafia (LCN) books out there and not enough about the Irish Mob. Dick Lehr, T.J.Read more ›
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The one thing that the reader walks away with is that in this part of Boston and in this mileu, all the cops and robbers are in bed with each other-metaphorically of course. FBI, police, gangsters, and various thugs. What a cesspool! Kevin says throughout the whole book that it's always about money, not power- but in the end he's bankrupt; and he's telling all these tales of his businesses and how successful he could have been if he and Whitey went legit.Then again, in the "real" world when you lock horns with someone you cannot just shoot the guy through his eyeballs and bury him in the basement. Hello- it's call anger management, emotional maturity and lawfulness.These characteristics or lack of them qualify us as regular folks or as CRIMINALS. We don't have too many heros these days, but in these small corrupt factions where brutes unite, and of course in certain HBO series', most of the world will be shocked and amazed at the utter lack of scruples and the detached violence that was a way of life for criminals of this ilk.Next time you drive by a gated prison like Allenwood or Norfolk and you think, gosh, what would a person have to do to get a sentence in one of these places-if you read this book you'll get a glimpse.
The book was insightful of course, and closer to the truth of Whitey Bulgur than any other books in print.You don't have to worship Kevin Weeks to buy this book; and he's not going to be making red hot millions from his portion of the profits; everyone wants their story to be heard and he's no exception- so read it for yourself and make up your own opinion.
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