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Umbrella Mike: The True Story of the Chicago Gangster Behind the Indy 500

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He was known as "Umbrella Mike": a hard man among the beautiful people. He moved among the elite of New York society with little notice, his sharply cocked fedora, his broad Irish face and his ever-present cigar setting him apart from the celebrities and socialites. Umbrella Mike is Michael Joseph Boyle, the corrupt leader of Chicago's most powerful union and himself a Chi ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published June 21st 2006 by Da Capo Press
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Dave
Nov 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
A good read-
it is part of the ongoing love i have for this early era of racing- and it spans a long time too apparently. when every year would bring- innovations and new heroes. No safety gear and muscling in on people made profit.
It really is a good read- drifting away from "umbrella Mike" and focusing on the Indy 500 and the Maserati of Wilbur Shaw mostly- who it turns raced for Umbrella Mike Boyle the whole time-
Brock yates add alot of his own opinion into the historical aspects of the story
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Mark Shafer
Good book about the beginning of the Indianapolis 500.
Nick Rothert
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Umbrella Mike The True Story of the Chicago Gangster Behind the Indy 500 by Brock Yates, is an amazing book about Michael J. Boyle a.k.a "Umbrella Mike". The book is about all of his successes and his failures in the Indianapolis 500. Mike was a rich man who was also very good friends with one of the biggest gangsters is history, Al Capone, making him a very famous and scary figure both on and off the racetrack.
I think Brock Yates' purpose in writing this book was to give us information about on
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Collin Hecker
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it

Set in the Great Depression era, Umbrella Mike: The True Story of the Chicago Gangster Behind the Indy 500 is a jaw-dropping account of the notorious Michael J. Boyle a.k.a "Umbrella Mike" and his failures and successes in the Indianapolis 500. Mike was a wealthy man who was good friends with Al Capone, making him a very distinguished and intimidated figure both on and off the racetrack.
Brock Yates' purpose in writing this book was to share information on one of the most historic Chicago gangs
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Dale
May 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Incorrectly Named and a Rather Disjointed Effort

Published by Thunder's Mouth Press in 2006

Full disclosure: I am a huge fan of the Indy 500. I have been to every 500 since 1986 and I live within earshot of the track. I have whiled away many a day at the track watching qualifications, practice or just going through the gift shop during the winter when the track is silent.


I was dimly aware that a Chicago gangster had fielded an entry in the Indy 500 in the 1930's so I hoped that this book would tel
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Scott Vondebur
Sep 20, 2012 rated it liked it
"Umbrella Mike is a book about the feared Mike Boyle and the Indy 500. Mike Boyle was a Chicago gangster who was very wealthy and friends with Al Capone. Mike Boyle was a big auto racing fan, and since he had a lot of money, he could afford to have his own sponsors. The point of the book is about the Indy 500 scandal and what Mike Boyle had to do with it. I think the author succeeded in telling the point of the book. After reading the book, I now know who Mike Boyle was, and what he had to do wi ...more
Zak Leezer
Oct 16, 2011 rated it liked it
"Umbrella Mike is a book about the feared Mike Boyle and the Indy 500. Mike Boyle was a Chicago gangster who was very wealthy and friends with Al Capone. Mike Boyle was a big auto racing fan, and since he had a lot of money, he could afford to have his own sponsors. The point of the book is about the Indy 500 scandal and what Mike Boyle had to do with it. I think the author succeeded in telling the point of the book. After reading the book, I now know who Mike Boyle was, and what he had to do wi ...more
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Brock Yates was an American journalist and a best-selling author, most frequently about automotive topics and motor sport.

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