- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Vantage Press (December 22, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0533163803
- ISBN-13: 978-0533163809
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,362,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bombing Harvey Paperback – December 22, 2010
About the Author
The author, John Birges, Jr., and his brother James Birges, were recruited by their father and also involved in the Harvey’s Resort Casino incident in 1980, eventually convicted of conspiracy to commit extortion, and given a sentence of three years felony probation. Their father, John Birges, Sr., was convicted and received a sentence of twenty years in prison – where he died in 1996 of liver failure at the age of seventy-four. The author resides in Southern California.
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The sage of John Birges, Sr. (aka “Big John”) begins back in Hungary where his life was shaped by a period in a Russian prison camp. A tough man, he was tough on his wife and kids, particularly his namesake oldest son, John, Jr. (The book’s author.) Junior’s relationship with his father and younger brother Jim were complicated, and it’s clear he was the alpha of the brothers even though he was intimidated and abused by their father. (One of the most intense sequences in the book is a confrontation between the brothers when Junior vents his anger on Jim, claiming that he has no idea what abuse is really like.)
There’s a compelling story here but it is not told in a compelling manner. Birges had the help of a reporter, but the book is disorganized and often simply … dull. The behind-the-scenes story of what happened and how the plan went wrong is intriguing, but the writer never fully fleshes out the story and doesn’t always answer questio