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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: 6.7 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,000 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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Must read for true crime fans.
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As a former Massachusetts prosecutor 20 years ago, I thought I had a pretty good handle on the Whitey Bulger case.
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The research is extensive, and the narrative flows very nicely.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Starr Reina on August 5, 2014
Format: Hardcover
“Whitey on Trial” by Margaret McLean and Jon Leiberman

Corrupt men and crooked law enforcement battle in the courtroom. It is fact that James Bulger (Whitey) is a violent, power-hungry, cold and calculated man. And unfortunately, it is fact that representatives of our government aided this man and many other gangsters to get what they wanted. Forget that innocent people were killed in the crossfire, these gangsters and law enforcement personnel—such as John Connolly, FBI agent, who now sits in federal prison, John Morris, FBI agent, and many others—looked out for themselves. Their personal agenda meant more to them than human beings.

And it wasn’t just murder—as if that wasn’t bad enough—it was also bribery, blackmail, and a multitude of other crimes that some of us cannot even imagine, that spurred these despicable people to continue on a path of others’ destruction. Anything to gain wealth and power for themselves.

“Whitey on Trial” is a non-fiction accounting of what went on at Whitey’s trial. But it also examines our own government’s actions as well. Some say the representatives of our government were just as evil as Whitey’s reign of terror. Witness after witness and bereaving family members, one after the other, spoke of the brutal conduct of Whitey, Stephen Flemmi, and the Winter Hill gang’s accomplices.

Judge Casper said during Whitey’s sentencing, “…I wished that we were watching a movie, that what we were hearing was not real…,” but unfortunately, “…we were hearing about the real inhumane things that human beings did to other human beings, seemingly without remorse and without regret.” Yes, it’s sad that what went on was not that of fiction, but real life horror.
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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 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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The courtroom drama that persisted throughout the summer of 2013 has been captured in Margaret McLean and Jon Leiberman’s WHITEY ON TRIAL. The theatrical feel of the book made me think I was sitting alongside the victims and spectators as they toiled through the “trial of the century.” It rivaled the suspense of its 2006 movie counterpart, The Departed, which is based on Bulger’s exploits.

The story builds from the opening day walk through courthouse security to the long wait for the elevator. As it continues, McLean and Leiberman create a beautiful visual of people piling in through the courtroom door, while many others were turned away towards the overflow rooms that waited. It quickly spurs ahead into the drama that would consume all who were in attendance.

The festivities would quickly heat up as James “Whitey” Bulger’s defense team set out to expound upon the government corruption in Boston, and to defend their client’s stance that he was not an informant. The government prosecutors lined up their case in grand fashion as star witness after star witness, most of whom were former Winter Hill Gang members, arrived to testify against a man they once considered a friend. Each one was given a sweetheart deal so that they would testify against the man they once called their friend and leader.

Bulger’s long, sorted history came to light for all to see. The most sought-after fugitive in the United States, just below Osama bin Laden, faced a jury of 12 that he felt was rigged against him from the start. The intensity of the courtroom action reached a boiling point on a couple of occasions as Bulger and his former cohorts clashed from their seats. One spectator even attempted to charge a witness on the stand because of that individual’s comments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave LaP on November 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
"Whitey on Trial" is a great read. Margaret McLean and Jon Lieberman do an excellent job reporting on the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger, who ran the Southie rackets for decades, often ruthlessly and murderously.

In the background, but not by much, is the corruption in the Boston FBI in supporting Bulger's activities, actively, while using him, supposedly, as an informant against the North Boston Italian mob.

FBI agent John Connolly is exposed as a de facto member of Bulger's crew in that he provided information on other Irish Mob informants, which caused those people to be killed. Connolly is currently serving 40 years in a Florida prison as an accomplice in a murder that occurred there based on his information to mob members.

McLean and Lieberman give great background information as an adjunct to the testimony taking place in the courtroom. Their coverage is detailed and compelling. Even those of us who have followed the career of Bulger find some information new.

Good job.
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More About the Author

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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