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Where the Money Was: The Memoirs of a Bank Robber (Library of Larceny)

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The Broadway Books Library of Larceny
Luc Sante, General Editor
For more than fifty years, Willie Sutton devoted his boundless energy and undoubted genius exclusively to two activities at which he became better than any man in history: breaking in and breaking out. The targets in the first instance were banks and in the second, prisons. Unarguably America’s most famous bank
Paperback, 464 pages
Published March 23rd 2004 by Broadway (first published 1976)
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"Willie the Actor" Sutton may have been a prolific robber; but he was more prolific as a prison escape artist. Much of the book profiled his (considerable) time in prison. There was a great amount of detail and a lot of the expected self pity that ex-convicts write when recalling their lives of crime. Sutton and Linn offer a little more balance. Sutton recalls the detail and sheer bravado of some of his exploits while Linn balances the self pity of spending nearly half his life in prison.

Nov 21, 2012 rated it liked it

An interesting look into the mind of a brilliant thief and escape artist. It's almost as if Sutton were sitting and talking with you.
Charley Duschen
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Having been born and raised in Attica, I had a special interest in Willie Sutton. This plus the fact that in the 60s there was a television series about his life. I enjoyed this book and learned a lot about his early life, and that of the various mobs.
Peter Wibaux
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first heard about this autobiography during the dotcom boom in the 1990s, in a book about a stockmarket. I guess it was the title that drew the topic. Sutton is quoted as having made the statement 'that's where the money was' when asked why he robbed banks (his book tells a slightly different version).

What made this a must (e- and re-) read, and led me to keep a hardback copy when I made my bookshelf triage last year (about one in ten books made it onto the new shelves) is the early part.

It is
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
A really fun read. Willie Sutton, bank robber extraordinaire, has written a book about his exploits (and life), which were the basis for the book Sutton. Although Willie has a "co-writer" you get the feeling that Willie actually wrote the book (or dictated it). It isn't philosophical, Willie admits his evil deeds, he doesn't try to blame his actions on a bad upbringing, government programs, etc. He simply enjoyed what he did. It was a challenge to his "problem solving" instincts to rob a bank wi ...more
Wes Locher
Apr 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, 2011-reads
I found Willie Sutton's memoir, "Where the Money Was," to be an enjoyable view into the mind of a criminal who used his brains over his brawn.

Though the 400+ pages gave more detail than was perhaps necessary in most situations, we got a good view into Willie's youth and his family and it explained a bit about why he grew up to be a criminal mastermind. Though the book got a bit long in the tooth toward the end (where we spend many pages meticulously recounting the details of courtroom drama), i
David Chess
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
An entertaining, informative, fast-moving story about a fascinating character. It also touches on interesting historical developments that are relevant to the story, like the actual on-the-ground consequences of the Supreme Court ruling that allowed prisoners convicted in state courts to file writs in federal courts, and have those writs actually considered. In fact being a smart guy, Willie Sutton was just as interested in the law while in prison as he was in robbing banks when out of it, and t ...more
Cindy Hartley
Mar 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Willie was a very interesting character. He went down in history as Willie the Actor because he wore many uniforms and accessories during his robberies, he didn't use violence, and he was never a "rat". The fictional book "Sutton" really was the catalyst of my interest, and I must admit I lost a little of it in this actual account of his life. His story was told simply to appeal to the average person and I'm sure I may have read it cover to cover if I didn't have a huge stack to "to read" books ...more
Suzie Quint
Aug 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Willie Sutton spent more time in prison than he did robbing banks, but he escaped some of the tightest security even there with the same style and imagination he used to rob the banks. It's hard not to admire this man of intelligence, wit, and loyalty, even while acknowledging that he wasted his life.
Oct 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldnt-finish
could not imagine myself reading this book for the next month when there is new Murakami and Palahniuk sitting on my shelf right now.
Aug 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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I learned that bank robbers do get caught eventually. But Willie Sutton was a character.
David Hooper
Mar 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Good book from a criminal who also a master of psychology and used his brain, not force, to rob banks, break out of jail, and defeat the court system.
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“(Why do you rob banks, Willie?) Because that's where the money is.” 5 likes
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