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Although superior to some other tellings of the incredible story of how two brothers came to dominate Boston's political and criminal underworlds for decades, this account by veteran Boston Herald reporter Carr still falls short of being the definitive version he intended. The stranger-than-fiction rise to power of Billy Bulger, the longtime Massachusetts senate president, kingmaker and consummate deal maker, and his brother Whitey, a psychopathic killer who took over the city's Irish mobs, is compelling, but despite Carr's closeness to the story, he fails to bring his protagonists' inner world to life. For those broadly familiar with the corruption scandal that indelibly tarred the FBI because of the active role some of its agents took in protecting Whitey and enabling his brutalities, the author gives a detailed, hit-by-hit description of his crimes. Most readers from outside the Bay State will be almost as appalled at the wheeling and dealing of his "respectable" brother, who crossed path with presidents and presidential aspirants, and who extended his patronage practices to his subsequent position as president of the University of Massachusetts. (Feb. 23)
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"Listeners might imagine the late Edward R, Murrow telling this fantastic story . . . Anyone who doesn't know the details of the Bulgers' amazing dual saga will find them all spelled out in Michael Prichard's clean, understated delivery, which makes the whole thing even more incredible." ---Publishers Weekly Audio Review --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446618888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446618885
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Pepin Torres on February 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Many hours can be spent scouring all sorts of documents in order to gain the same amount of information Howie Carr presents in his book. Howie has gathered and distilled all his knowledge on the subject into this handy tome. Anyone moving to Massachusetts and in need to catch up on the seedy past of this Commonwealth need not go too far. And if that someone is still willing to move to Massachusetts even after reading this book, then he or she will be ready to strike up a conversation with any of the locals and fit right in. Regular listeners of the Howie Carr Show will delight in the amount of detail Howie goes into. Over the years, Howie has told many a crime tale but the book goes way beyond what he can cram into 15-minute segments. A fine read, but also an abridged encyclopaedia of crime in its own right.
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Howie Carr has written a tell all book about the chronic corruption taking place in Massachusetts. I have to agree with one of the previous reviewers with regards to the FBI. They don't want to capture Whitey. He can probably put the whole FBI in prison. The only hero in this book is Keating who had the guts to stand up to Billy Bulger. I stay awake at night, thinking about the State cop who committed suicide after Billy Bulger ruined his life for doing his job. After reading this book and all the others about corruption,I hope Whitey, Billy ,Kevin Weeks,and Johnny Martorano rot in hell for eternity. A great read
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Carr gives a whirlwind view of Boston gangsters and politics and

shows how the likes of H. Paul Rico and John "Zip" Connolly

helped Whitey Bulger, and the "everything is a deal, no deal

too small" political climate served Billy well. From murdering girlfriends who knew too much to hobnobbing with the likes of

Kennedy and Kerry at that annual St. Patrick's Day breakfast,

the Brothers Bulger got away with murder and corruption. A few

amusing anecdotes, like how Gerry Anguilo, upon being informed

that a fellow gangster was dead, shouted, "He can't be dead!

He owes me $30,000!!" Can't make up stuff like that.

Fans of Carr's column and radio show should be delighted.

He has more photos and information at his various websites.
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Format: Hardcover
People reviewing this book seem to think Billy Bulger is not corrupt and this book slanders him. Uh huh.....Just a few things regarding that slime.. the fact that he took at least 1 phone call that we know of from his killer brother after he was on the lam, he invoked the 5th at the comittee assembled to try to get info,he has said he was disinclined to cooperate with authorities and would never be "helpful to anyone against him."...William Bulger has no more right than any other American to defy a Congressional subpoena. Further, as someone who holds a position of public responsibility -- indeed, one who has profited from public positions for most of his adult life -- he has a duty to uphold due process and respond to whatever demands it makes on him.

Also the states biggest crime figure was one brother, and the other ran the state. And it gets better. The gang had a club house. The house was next door, not down the street, or near, but right next to.....Massachusetts Senate leader Billy Bulgers house..tell me he knew NOTHING about what these people were involved with. RIIIGHT. Don't get me started on his obgoing lawsuits where he has been trying to sweeten his annual six-figure pension by $32,000

His second brother jackie lied to grand juries investigating his fugitive brother and lost his pension as a court clerk because of it. Now ONE brother is involved with the fugitive and has taken his phone calls but the other brother has not? No freakingw ay..the whole family stinks to high heaven and they all should share a cell togther, but that sadly will never happen. I really dont think the FBI wants to catch Whitey because they do not want him to air all their dirty laundry..if he is prosecuted he may say things that will shake the FBI to their foundations..and that will never do.
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Format: Hardcover
If you grew up in South Boston this is "Inside Baseball" and a lot of it will be very familiar, with Carr filling in the details and motives. A real page turner outlining the back stabbing treachery employed by both of South Boston's infamous son's as they followed their dual paths to the top. If Whitey hadn't killed 19 people (and probably way more than that)the question of "Who is more treacherous - Whitey or Billy?" might be more of a jump ball. But treacherous or not Billy was loyal to South Boston and lots of people wouldn't have decent jobs to support their families if it wasn't for him. Patronage is not a new component of political life, Billy just perfected it to an art form. This book also seems to be a more accurate portrayal of what actually happened than the hubris and revisionist history that seems to be prevalent in a lot of auto-biographical gangster books. But note to Howie Carr: South Boston High is on G Street, not H Street. Also there are places in the book where you seem to deliberately omit names, opting instead for a general description of the speaker or source etc... Why? The theory that Whitey is gay and used to be a male hustler in the Back Bay seems hard to believe and I wonder if Howie is just busting Billy's stones but who knows? Some of the facts in this book are stranger than fiction so I guess anything is possible. Read the book. It's very good.
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