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Whitey on Trial: Secrets, Corruption, and the Search for Truth Hardcover – February 25, 2014
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
For me, a reader familiar with the story, the verbal and eye-contact confrontations that took place in the courtroom are the most interesting thing in the book. They are described well.
There are MANY books out about Whitey, and some of them are good. I recommend "The Brothers Bulger: How They Terrorized and Corrupted Boston for a Quarter Century." Whitey's brother and the angle he brings to the story is probably as interesting as anything else to be told about Whitey.
This book about the trial is a good read even if you don't know much about the story, but if you like mob or true crime books there is a lot of really interesting stuff out there.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book. A must read for anyone interested in Boston's Winter Hill gang.Published 3 months ago by Bette J. Amsler
Couldn't put it down. A terrific job of expressing the Whitey Bulger saga from different sides: the victims, the prosecution, and the defense. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joseph Montgomery
Engrossing, engaging and enraging all at the same time. Very well written narrative about the darkness that rests just under the thin layer of darkness which inhabits us all. Read morePublished 11 months ago by James P. OHare
Awesome book. I have read a lot of all kinds of gangs and mafia and this is up there. Written very well. Easy to follow. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Peter Sedddon
Excellent and well-researched book. Must read for true crime fans.Published 13 months ago by Nap Dog Media
"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... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dave LaP
This rather boringly reports the details of the Whitey Bulger trial, amping up the daily coverage a bit, but including some repetitive elements that slow things down. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Brad Smith