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A GUIDED TOUR OF BOSTON'S UNDERWORLD, REVEALING THE PLACES WHERE DEALS WERE MADE, PEOPLE WERE KILLED, AND BODIES WERE BURIED Gangsters have played a shady role in shaping Greater Boston's history. While lurking in local restaurants or just around the corner inside that inconspicuous building, countless criminals have quietly made their mark on the city and surrounding comm ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 19th 2017 by Lyons Press
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Alexandra
Dec 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
I'm rather confused as to what this book is supposed to be. In its first few pages, it clearly states it is not meant to a history of crime or gangs in Boston, and it certainly isn't. One would definitely need to know a little bit about the major figures to understand this book. Whitey Bulger is mentioned briefly only a few times before the main chapter on him, which is the very last chapter in the book. So, if its not meant to be an exhaustive history, perhaps its supposed to be a tour guide as ...more
Susan Foley
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really it is probably a 3 star, but I was excited to see photos of some relatives and that made me really enjoy reading this book. Lots of dirtbags, living the life of a wiseguy until another wise guy kills 'em. ...more
Jen
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book and it has GREAT potential. As it is currently arranged, it just jumps around way too much to be coherent. It's almost as if the author just left off with some unfinished thoughts and did not wrap everything up. For example... in chapter 13 while talking about Stevie Gustin. Gustin is reported missing after the Pickwick Club collapses on July 4, 1925. The next thing we hear about is in 1927 when he's accused of some other criminal activity. Where was he from 192 ...more
Mike C
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I get that this was meant to be more of a broad guide to Boston’s criminal history and not a straightforward story per se, I still found it to be kind of a mess. The narrative jumps all over the place. New characters are referenced once and never mentioned again, and there’s some really sloppy errors that weren’t caught in the editing process.

I was shocked to see the length of the bibliography. Emily Sweeney clearly put a lot of time and effort into her research. Unfortunately that effort didn’
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J.V. Speyer
If you’re looking for in-depth analysis, a study of the whys and the hows and the deep connections between crime and government and how organized crime evolved, this book is not for you. If you’re looking for something more like a travelogue or guide book taking you through the highlights of Boston’s “glory days” of organized crime history, this book is well worth your time.

If you live in Boston, or have any connection to the area, this book will hold special significance for you. I used to work
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Tavia
Feb 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Wow, this book is a lot of things but good is not one of them. It's poorly written, riddled with typos and unorganized. I would not recommend this book despite the flashy book cover. There are lots of photos but they are usually just of the exterior of a house taken 30-70 years after the event took place, aka complete filler. ...more
Vnunez-Ms_luv2read
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Good biography on gangs and their experiences in Boston. Very well researched and written. Lots of interesting information of the gang activity found in Boston. The pictures that are featured are a welcome addition. Overall, a very good book. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the Arc of this book in return for my honest review.
Ron Maskell
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
It's a good book and an eye-opener to some of the history of the gangs in Boston. I expected a little more to the book but still I found it an interesting read. Just keep in mind that the book is more of a flyover touching on several events rather than an in-depth analysis of the gangs in Boston. ...more
Du
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history-govt
Kinda a let down. There was nothing exciting or interesting in a lot of what's presented here. I wanted more color and intrigue, instead of facts and pseudo storytelling, you get bland stories that don't hold up. ...more
David Skinner
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
The information is good but all the stories are disjointed and very short and there are likely better books on these topics.
Kathy
Nov 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Debbie
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a good read

All true stories. Very interesting to read how things were even back in the early 1900s. It was rough times for those lived close to all these happenings
Abigail
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun to view Boston from this perspective. Only downside is that I wish it had maps to go with the neighborhoods/addresses!
Krissy
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gangsters
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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