Essay on Review of "Paddy Whacked"

2594 Words Nov 18th, 2013 11 Pages
English, T. J. Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish-American Gangster. New York: Regan, 2006, 442 p.p
Throughout his career T.J English has written five books and a multitude of articles for the LA Times, The New York Times, Playboy, and a variety of other magazines and newspapers. All of his books (The Westies, Born to Kill, Havana Nocturne, and The Savage City) and articles cover some aspect of the criminal world, whether it be the criminal themselves, or the act that they carry out. T.J English was awarded the New York Press Club Award for Best Crime Reporting back in 2010 and had already written two books about organized crime which shows that he is more than qualified to write a book about Irish American Gangsters as a
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What we now call, the FBI’s Most Wanted List, was started in 1925 and was called the Public Enemies List. Contrary to how it’s used now, the list was originally created as an aid to the “blood sport” of the Beer Wars by providing a “virtual player program, helping the public keep the names and territories straight.” (160)
Among the various fun facts and educational facts that I learned, a few things really stood out in my mind. Five areas that I learned the most about were: how the gangs became so powerful, the corruption that went along with gangs, the amount that gangsters got away with, how many attempts the government made to convict Mafia and gang members, and how important rivalry and revenge was. These five areas are things that stood out to me due to the fact that a majority of these things either are, or could be still happening today. Although the Irish American gangster is no longer around, the Italian Mafia remains a well-known part of the criminal underworld joined now by the Mexican drug lords, and the Russian Mafia.
Without the help of the Prohibition era and the waterfront areas, the Irish American gangsters would have had a very difficult time fighting their way up the ladder of power. Of all the things that helped gangsters gain power, the Volstead Act was the most important one. Despite the laws being in effect, citizens refused to give up alcohol. They

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