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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

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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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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 (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,128,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You have to keep in mind, this is a story about a trial. For me, having already read two books about Whitey, this was a logical end to a fascinating story, and a must read. I was not disappointed.

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.
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“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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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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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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