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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books (February 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765337762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765337764
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Whitey on Trial, cinematic in scope and presentation, brings to life the intense and complex experiences of the ‘stage and battleground’ of criminal prosecution. I was hooked from the opening paragraphs. If you read the headlines and think you understood this case, think again. This is a must-read."
—Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of Dr. Drew on Call, Loveline, and Celebrity Rehab  

"Leiberman helped me hunt Whitey for years with passion for all of his victims. This book is truly an inside and compelling view of a legendary trial. McLean and Leiberman have written a must-read for true crime lovers."
—John Walsh, creator and host of America’s Most Wanted

"Jon Leiberman is one of America’s top investigative journalists. He and Margaret McLean have formed an incredible team—relentlessly searching for the truth in this case. You will be stunned by what they've learned. A can’t-put-it-down real life thriller."
—Jane Velez-Mitchell, HLN Host

"For a quarter century, Whitey Bulger terrorized the city of Boston and corrupted even the FBI agents charged with bringing him down. In this meticulous, day-by-day account of Whitey's final reckoning, Margaret McLean and Jon Leiberman vividly capture the drama of a major criminal trial and the downfall of one of America's most notorious gangsters. Like the best true-crime writing, it reads like fiction. Utterly riveting."
—William Landay, New York Times bestselling author of Defending Jacob

 

About the Author

 MARGARET MCLEAN practiced law as a criminal prosecutor and civil litigation attorney. She currently teaches law at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. McLean is a legal analyst on numerous national television and radio shows, and has a weekly nationally syndicated radio show called It's A Crime Radio.  

JON LEIBERMAN is an award-winning investigative correspondent, host, producer and victim advocate. He is currently an investigative reporter for the Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM. Jon hosts "Leiberman Live" on Sirius XM and is a crime contributor for CNN HLN and WildAboutTrial.com and a crime blogger for Huffington Post. 

 

 


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Jon Leiberman is an Emmy award-winning investigative correspondent, host, producer and victim advocate. He is currently an investigative reporter for the Howard Stern Show on Sirius XM. Jon hosts "Leiberman Live" - a daily news show on Sirius XM and "Embedded with Jon Leiberman" on Howard TV. He is a CNN HLN contributor and a contributor to WildAboutTrial.com and "Snapped" on Oxygen. Jon hosts "The CrimeLine With Jon Leiberman" for Spreecast. and a web series for AOL entitled "Searching For Justice." He is currently working on co-authoring his first true crime book on the James "Whitey" Bulger trial for Forge/MacMillan. "Whitey On Trial" comes out Feb.25,2014.

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Ms. McLean and Mr. Leiberman have done an excellent job.
Stephanie Langlois
Like a good suspense novel, this real-life drama will dazzle you with its ability to make you feel for all the characters in it.
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Even if you followed the trial all summer long in 2013, so much more comes out in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fred Schreiber on March 8, 2014
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Unlike other Whitey books, This one takes right into the courtroom. With a large cast of characters the narrative never got confusing. The only negative I found was that the pictures in the book was too small for the pages. Other than that it was an excellent book , . If there ever make a Whitey Bulger movie, this should be it main source.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Polesel on March 4, 2014
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I was hooked from the very beginning. I had read and seen things on the internet and t.v. about Whitey and his career. I didn't know the half of it. This book placed me front in center of it all. I felt like I walked in to that courtroom every day and attended the trial of the century. I felt the pain of the victims families. I felt fear of the criminals who took the stand and the man who was at the center of it all. This book was well written. Hands down this was the best true crime book I have read in a long time. Jon and Margaret have out done themselves. All of their hard work has truly paid off, and it shows in every word written in this book. THIS IS A MUST READ!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Loretta on February 27, 2014
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This book is well written and hard to put down While there are many characters and facts in this case, the authors did a good job helping the reader keep track of it all.
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Never thouht anyone would have the courage to tell exactly what happened. Wrong photo stating it was Catherine Greig whe it was Definitely Teresa Stanley. Other than that found it accurate for a change.
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I certainly don’t consider myself any more learned on the subject of crime than the next person. What I can say is that in this lifetime I’ve read my fair share of ‘true crime’ non-fiction, none of it the sensational tabloid style variety. I tend to like stuff that digs a bit deeper beneath-the-surface and/or behind-the-scenes, possibly because I’ve always been so fascinated with how crime evolves from, say, Point A to Point B in our shared history. I’ve done a ton of reading on Prohibition and the gang violence of that era, and what I’ve learned is that quite a bit of it was practically a natural development of social ills stretching back two, three, and four decades before – that’s the kind of stuff I gravitate toward. Needless to say, something like WHITEY ON TRIAL: SECRETS, CORRUPTION, AND THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH didn’t exactly fall into that frame of reference at first blush; still, after finishing it, I realized how most of the tale was a true scorcher, the kind I just couldn’t put down.

Initially, I closed the book and experienced a flurry of emotions, most of which gravitated toward anger, frustration, and confusion. How could one man – Whitey Bulger – essentially put a stranglehold on an entire city? Co-authors Margaret McLean and Jon Leiberman don’t really make any attempt to analyze the systems in place at the time of the gangster’s rise to prominence, nor would they given the title promise to focus almost entirely on the man’s trial. Granted, there are pieces of reflection tied up inside the guts of several chapters; but instead of offering up any explanation for how things devolved to the point where Bulger was calling his own shots the writers focus on a fairly impartial blow-by-blow of what went down each day throughout the entire affair.
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If I did not know this was non fiction I would believe it was the most suspenseful thriller ever. Unbelievable this really happened. A must read especially if you have Irish heritage. Could not resist after hearing radio interview with author.
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If you are looking for a great Whitey Bulger book, a great book about the Boston mob and the FBI, a great book PERIOD, read WHITEY ON TRIAL by Margaret McLean and Jon Lieberman. Margaret sat in on everyday of Boston's "trial of the century." She captured the courtroom as no one else has, and she got some absolutely amazing interviews.
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This book grabbed my attention from the very first page. I had general knowledge of the James 'Whitey' Bulger story, and I was very impressed with the amount of information I learned and how riveting a manner it was told.

Jon Leiberman and Margaret McLean give first hand accounts of the trial of Bulger, and all the drama which ensued. Considering no parts of this trial were ever televised, they gave me a true sense of being in the courtroom. They also detail the victims' perspective which I appreciated. This helps to reinforce and remind the reader that while the story of Bulger's criminal exploits is so vast and sounds like fiction, it is indeed a true story with horrific consequences. The personal letter from Bulger gives insight into the mind of this killer.

I enjoy true crime and biographies, and I loved this book. The research is extensive, and the narrative flows very nicely. It is as engrossing as any suspense/thriller novel I have read. I highly recommend WHITEY ON TRIAL. Ms. McLean and Mr. Leiberman have done an excellent job.
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