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A Criminal and An Irishman: The Inside Story of the Boston Mob - IRA Connection

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A Criminal and an Irishman is the story of Pat Nee’s life as an Irish immigrant and Southie son, a Marine, a convicted IRA gun smuggler, and a former violent rival and then associate of Whitey Bulger. His narrative transports the reader into the criminal underworld, inside planning and preparation for an armored car heist, inside gang wars and revenge killings. Nee details ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Steerforth (first published March 14th 2006)
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Nov 05, 2013 Andreasoldier rated it liked it
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.
If you're not from Boston, Whitey Bulger was psychopathic murderer who ran the Southie section of the city. He took over by ratting out his rivals to the FBI — he was top-level secret informer — and those the FBI didn't take care of, Whitey and partner Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi did. Whitey went on the lam before being indict
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Aug 06, 2011 Justin Sylvia rated it really liked it
If Your a fan @ all of books about the past like the 80's, 90's and maybe even further back then that, and...if u like books about the Mafia, in this case, the Irish Mafia then i think you'll enjoy this book. At first i was exactly sure what to expect considering that i had only read one other previous book about the Irish Mafia, The Winter Hill Gang & Whitey Bulger. I was presently supprised when i opened it up and started to get into the book iteself. To get u a synapses of the book its ab ...more
Sep 16, 2012 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book - I was inspired to do some research on the politics the author spoke of and I always like a book that pushes me to learn something new.

Not amazing writing, but not bad either. Very fluent and not repetitive on wording, phrases etc - that seems to be a problem with my recent reads.

I think the title should have been "An Inside Story..." instead of "The inside story..." as I am sure there are tons more details out there and this is from 1 point of view.

Pat Nee, thanks for
Steven  Wetter
Jun 15, 2016 Steven Wetter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well told...

I've read several accounts of this time era and specific group. Paul New is one hell of a story teller ad fate ad I'm concerned. This was the most entertaining account I've read so far. He had me laughing when should have been appalled or concerned. The southie crew never seemed so down to earth, like regular Joe's, until I read this. Whitey Bulger belong the exception of course. He seems to be seen universally as a psychopath. If you're from the. North East, ad I am, you've heard ab
Dec 11, 2012 Jason rated it it was amazing
I was leery of this one. I'm not into the whole gangster genre, but it came highly recommended, so I dove in. I then proceeded to rip through it. It's very refreshing to read an unapologetic memoir. Mr. Nee's view of the world may not be the same as everyone else's, but it's clear and methodical and makes sense in an odd way.
Feb 11, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this perspective on South Boston and gunrunning to the IRA. A fun, easy read with a lot of interesting points to think about.
Deni Finch-frederick
Really good story. Sometimes it's a little hard to follow the timeline, but otherwise an easy and informative read. Must have for true crime buffs!
Jul 03, 2012 Barbara rated it it was ok
Read it in 2 hours. Nothing really new or interesting here.
Apr 02, 2009 Kara rated it really liked it
I grew up in Southie. I used to babysit in this guy's house. The next year he was arrested for shipping over $1 million in arms to the IRA.

Oct 25, 2007 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I couldn't put this down. Learned a fair bit about Irish history along the way; things that were more meaningful to read as a first-person account rather than straight out of the history books.
Oct 23, 2012 Sean rated it it was ok
Typical run of the mill gangster yarn ,replete with chest thumping hype.
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