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Written by east coast journalist Marc Songini, Boston Mob is a riveting account of the New England Mafia and its rise to power on the shoulders of Ray Patriarca (“The Godfather of New England”), who was on every “most-wanted” list in the nation. Songini’s treatise is impeccable – deep and insightful, it not only strives to tell what happened, but why it happened. In turn, readers get a glimpse into the criminal mind and the factors that make men wed themselves to the underworld as means of survival. Songini’s book is born in information gleaned from newly declassified documents paired with interviews with underworld sources. One of the most compelling of all segments is the reportage on the feud between the Charlestown and Winter Hill Mobs in Boston that led to the rise of Whitey Bulger (memorialized on screen in Martin Scorsese’s brilliant The Departed). As good as the movie is, it’s not the whole story. Go to Boston Mob to learn it all.
Written by journalist Jon Leiberman and former Boston prosecutor and legal analyst Margaret McLean, Whitey On Trial chronicles the fall of Whitey Bulger while attempting to sift through the rubble of what really happened – before Bulger went on the run, and after he was captured (following 16 years as a fugitive). Whitey On Trial is an easy read – simply, the story captivates and the pages turn themselves. This is true crime drama at its highest level, with larger-than-life characters taking hold and refusing to let go.