In the tradition of The Godfather, The Westies is a powerful tale spanning 60 years. A gang of Irish-Americans, the Westies patrolled Manhattan's West Side throughout the '60s, '70s, and '80s. They ruled the tough blue-collar neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen, where bodies were known to literally fall from the sky. ...
|Title||:||The Westies: Inside New York's Irish Mob|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||538 pages|
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The Westies: Inside New York's Irish Mob Reviews
Comprehensive look at the Irish mob in NYC. Some gruesome accounts of crime in the city. I liked the casual nature of the narrative accounts.
This was Mr. English's first book and it is thoroughly engrossing and amazing. He has a very smooth, easy to read narrative style, that includes good use of conversation. He captures the flavor of this notorious, dangerous group of individuals and really brings a human face to Hell's Kitchen's gangsters. It really is a worthwhile book to read. Not only from a modern history standpoint but from a human standpoint--the names in this book are the names we all grew up hearing about. It is especially ...more
Wow. That was epic. Gotta love s good crime story. But this one is real. Crazy!
If the story told in this historical novel is true (and it's largely based on fact, as I am led to believe), this proves the ethos espoused by the mythical Keyser Soze in the movie, The Usual Suspects. You don't need money, guns or even numbers, you just need the will to do what the other guy won't.
The infamous Westies (a name the media and police gave a gang of west Manhattan Hell's Kitchen Irish crooks) never comprised of more than twelve members at any one time and yet, their reputation and i ...more
T.J. English is one of the best writers of true crime reporting that is a leap above the usual cheap paperbacks full of gory pictures that you see at the grocery store. His books are well-written, well-researched, and as much about the context of the crime or organized crime group that he is writing about.
The Westies is his first book. In it you can see him working through all the things that will make his later books so fascinating. While he's written most about organized crime, he's continuing ...more
My previous publishing job was headquartered just east of Hell’s Kitchen in New York City, a midtown neighborhood west of Times Square, running all the way to the Hudson River. I often walked home from work, and my route took me through this storied location. It’s gentrifying, slowly, now, but it used to be legendarily rough. The Westies tells a crime story set in the area during its last gasp as a scary place. During the 1970s and 1980s, Hell’s Kitchen was the home of a murderous, drug-dealing, ...more
A solid 4.5 for me! Biggest fans will be crime buffs and people very familiar with (and nostalgic for) Hell's Kitchen. One of the first places I lived in NYC was a tiny 2-bedroom sublet in the 40's between 9th and 10th, so I fall into the latter category. Really interesting psychological study as well.