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“American Wop: Beaver Buffalo Buttons Brass Boxing and Beer: That’s why you’re here” shouts out our human history and social dilemma that contributed the rise of the American Wop (and American Flop.) The stories come from Jack’s Grandfather who taught the foundations of life through the art of boxing’s history and discipline, which couples with his Great Grandfathers story ...more
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published April 7th 2012 by Pub Tar
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Asails F
A wonderful write that I could not put away. This would be a perfect book for anyone. It would be a good book for high schools students who need a backbone too their history..
Natalie
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book. Would rate it more than 5 stars, if I could!

Before you read it, go to the homepage http://www.americanwop.com/and get "in the mood".

The description of the story, here on Goodreads, is already perfect, so I will not add to that. (Would not be competent enough to do so anyway... I know my limits...)

I can honestly say that, to me, it was the sucker-punch of the year.

And thats what I am looking for in a book. A roller-coaster-ride of emotions, memories and thoughts written by a g
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Edward Pietrowski
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Jack Tar is a rebel.

The prose is disconnected in the best way possible and very often dream like, though at times incredibly rich and factually packed. I find myself floating back into many of the scenes he's written. I assume because, I have had these similar, familiar thoughts myself, and they become recognized and truly alive though his work.

Jack is recreating what I believe must be an oral history. The story line reads personally, through characters who have not only felt but lived our Ame
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Al
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, if all memoirs are like this one, then I’m obviously missing out. American Wop surprised me. I didn’t anticipate the impact it would have on me. I’ve always loved history but haven’t quite heard it being told in such a way that is filled with so much passion and personality. The characters were brilliant. I learned quite a bit – from info on JFK to the story behind Moby Dick, which I still need to read. It’s a very informative book with a wonderful blend of humour and gentle melan ...more
Dan
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read for anyone who has any family who have come over from THE OLD COUNTRY.. Jacks stories about his family are a hoot. The history woven into the story will make one wonder ,how did we ever let these things happen,and why do we keep letting it go on? Do yourself a favor read this book,and give a copy to a friend or two.
Renne
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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This is not a book you want to hurry through,you might miss something. So much history is slid in between these pages in a conversational way that you can't help but be drawn in. Me, a person whom can get easily bored with history related in just the factual,this is what happened type of delivery, found it quite entertaining as well as informative. ...more
Elena Chimaera
Dec 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Jack Tar’s quirky and highly personal book American Wop defies genre. It is a 207-page “Part 1” that tells subjective histories of the Guappo subculture in 19-20th century Southern Italy, and Italian-American immigrant families in the 20th century, through narratives surrounding Tar himself; his idolized grandfather, a boxer (among other things); and other friends and family members.
The book is titled and subtitled: “AMERICAN WOPTM: Beaver Buffalo Buttons Brass Boxing and Beer: That’s why you’r
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Mike Figliola
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jack Tar's American Wop is a tour through family history complete with rollicking prose and deep reference to Americana (not to mention Gypsies, Scots, and Italians!). The narrative is refreshing in its slow burn movement across the past and the present; Jack's peppering of anecdotes that pair with the plot of American Wop is what will keep you invested in what happens next. Sad, serene, funny, and at times mad, you'll want to take the ride that is American Wop. ...more
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Jack spent his childhood in Waterbury, Connecticut and on Long Islands South Shore. On the Island he repaired and worked on wood boats that he used for digging clams. When not fishing Great South Bay, Jack worked on a "truck farm" and often brought produce to Hunts Point Market. After high school, he worked in the oil patches of Canada and the United States.

Jack attended the University of North C
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