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The General: Irish Mob Boss

3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  94 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In a twenty year career marked by obsessive secrecy, brutality, and meticulous planning, Martin Cahill, aka, The General, quickly rose through the ranks of the Irish underworld, until he himself became an international celebrity.

His criminal record included assassination, kidnapping, the bombing of a car belonging to a forensics expert who could finger him, and pulling off
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Forge Books (first published 1995)
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Dec 29, 2014 Tony rated it liked it
I found this book quite frustrating at times. The story is fascinating, and the author clearly knows the subject intimately, having written about Cahill, and the Irish underworld more generally, for many years for the Sunday World. But, like several other similar books I've read recently, he gets so bogged down in simply getting across so many individual stories, that the overall narrative suffers.

George F. Snell III makes a useful distinction between reporting and journalism, in that the forme
Aug 02, 2015 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a decent read about Organized crime in the last couple decades in Ireland. Some interesting points, and if you are a US based reader with fascination of Organized crime around the world, this does a nice job of going through the players.

I would give this a 3.5 stars personally, fairly well written, overall I would give it a shot if you like all things Organized crime.
Oct 07, 2012 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent read, good insight into early organised crime in Ireland at a time when such a thing wasn't exactly top of the agenda on 'Bad shit that needs to be taken care of'.

The overview of 'The General' seemed to be free of Bias one way or another and stuck to showing the good and the bad sides of Martin Cahill. Undoubtedly, most of his sides would be considered bad. He also had a penchant for shooting people in the legs. Top Bloke.
May 26, 2015 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty much tells the whole story of the general, the "troubles", the art.
Susan O
excellent read.... great insight into the life and crimes of martin cahill also known as the general.. a real eye opener of how far a person will go to get what they want....
Aug 29, 2012 Fawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely informative about The General but also quite helpful at understanding a bit of the crime and justice system in Ireland.
May 13, 2011 Anp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is fantastic. It leaves you pulling for the bad guy instead is the cops from time to time, very interesting tale.
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