No other Southie underworld figure can match Pat's reputation for resolve and authenticity. In the mid-1970s, these two longtime friends take the reins of New York's Irish mob, using brute force to give it hitherto unthinkable power. Whitey Bulger belong the exception of course. Nee was not more a criminal than an Irishman or a Southie gang member. This book was a straightforward, easy read, but it was also a little flat.
The book is to let people know about Nee's life, what happened in it, and how he came back from it. When he talks about the Marines and being a Marine, he hits the nail right on the head. What people knew was heard over the news or radios. The authors also talked to the ship's captain to add life to this story. He is a screenwriter and father of six. You get a sense of what drives him to do the things that he did. Michael Blythe, like his good friend Pat Nee, is a lifelong South Boston resident who served in the U.
I felt some empathy for him initially but he lost his credibility somewhere along the way. To buy this book at the lowest price,. It's not a book about Nee vs. On the run, he was pursued by bikers and a neo-Nazi gang bloodthirsty for revenge, while a homicide detective launched a nationwide manhunt. I liked the book as it rounded out my thoughts of Southy. Although I enjoyed his description of what it was like to grow up in South Boston, along with how he turned to crime full time, he came across as disingenuous and hypocritical. This is a definite good read.
Nee details his evolution from tough street kid to armed robber to dangerous potential killer, and discloses for the first time how he used his underworld connections and know-how as a secret, Boston-based operative for the Irish Republican Army. Nee's core values are unchanging and have put him in discord with people who opposed or didn't value them. Picked this because it was it staring me in the face at my favorite used book store, and I've just finished a spate of Whitey Bulger-related fiction following his arrest. Whitey blamed and killed a crew member, who he was convicted of murdering in 2013. What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative? The reader comes away from this well-crafted story with both a keener sense of its related history and a different outlook on the collective characters that comprise recent gang and racketeering activity in South Boston.
He had me laughing when should have been appalled or concerned. Co-authors Rich Farrell and Michael Blythe used no confidential informant sources or existing news archives in the book's narrative. Nee, a gang member who became a citizen and graduated to the Marines, saw combat in Vietnam, came home and picked up a life a crime. Overnight it legitimized the made men of the Garden State. The way he opens up about his life and his family, I was moved. I always am amazed that the writers of such histories always seem to be at the fringes of actual serious crimes such as murder. Patrick Née with his collaborators told a wonderful tale about real events.
Like Nee, I am a former Marine that can trace family members back to Galway including a branch with the same last name as Patrick's. Nee gives readers new perspectives to consider, and they are all highly plausible. I loved this book, and everything about it. Nee's story puts it all into perspective and negates all the other fiction. Whitey went on the lam before being indict Picked this because it was it staring me in the face at my favorite used book store, and I've just finished a spate of Whitey Bulger-related fiction following his arrest.
I've read several accounts of this time era and specific group. He seems to be seen universally as a psychopath. I vividly recall taking him and his gang to court later that same day for their initial appearance. From a young teen, peering from behind a bush at an unknown Mongol, Scott fulfills his childhood dreams. Nee details his evolution from tough street kid to armed robber to dangerous potential killer, and discloses for the first time how he used his underworld connections and know-how as a secret, Boston-based operative for the Irish Republican Army. When politician Joe Kennedy gave Giancana the chance to use mob muscle to get his son John elected, Giancana jumped at the task.
Very fluent and not repetitive on wording, phrases etc - that seems to be a problem with my recent reads. From information based on newly declassified documents and the use of underworld sources, Boston Mob spans the gutters and alleyways of East Boston, Providence, and Charlestown to the halls of Congress in Washington, D. Beginning with the Misuse of Drugs Act in 1971, we watch decades of violence, racial tension, organised crime and a monumental increase in addiction unfold. You can either love or hate him but he seems to be a respectable guy from this book. Not amazing writing, but not bad either.