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On the Waterfront: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Articles That Inspired the Classic Film and Transformed the New York Harbor

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper stories that shook the nation-collected for the first time since their original publication in 1948.

Until the mid-twentieth century, organized crime ruled New York's waterfront. With the threat of communism in the air, the inhumane treatment of longshoremen implicitly condoned by the unions, and the suspicious disappearance of anyone
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 31st 2005 by Chamberlain Bros.
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William
Jan 26, 2017 William rated it really liked it
Man. It's cool to read important stuff like this. Crime is perverse when it's just run amuck capitalism. Kind of wish there was more story there but I knew what I was reading. Investigative journalism written with a specific policy end in mind. Nice to put some real life context to the movie. Will always be a favorite and thanks DISQUIET for introducing me. (My Acting for Writers class reenacted a scene from it. Best class I've ever taken and we met but for four sessions!)
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Reveals conditions on the New York waterfront; the awakening of mainstream America to the Mafia and its power; the awful choices available to ordinary people caught in a corrupt system; a WWII and post-war reality usually ignored; the impact a faithful parish priest can have; what constituted great journalism at that time. Also increases the impact of the movie by substantiating the reality captured by the movie.
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I remember liking the film, so maybe its the writing style or maybe its a dramatically different story or maybe Marlon Brando is really such an phenomenal actor....but not much about the book excited me.
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Excellent reporting. Now I want to see the movie.
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Budd Schulberg (1914–2009) was a screenwriter, novelist, and journalist who is best remembered for the classic novels What Makes Sammy Run?, The Harder They Fall, and the story On the Waterfront, which he adapted as a novel, play, and an Academy Award–winning film script. Born in New York City, Schulberg grew up in Hollywood, where his father, B. P. Schulberg, was head of production at Paramount, ...more
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