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The General: Godfather of Crime

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The extraordinary life and crimes of Martin Cahill, gangster, criminal mastermind, MOST WANTED MAN. Now a major film from John Boorman
Published March 1st 1996 by Irish American Book Company (first published 1995)
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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
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.
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....
Definitely informative about The General but also quite helpful at understanding a bit of the crime and justice system in Ireland.
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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