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The General: Godfather of Crime

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The extraordinary life and crimes of Martin Cahill, gangster and criminal mastermind.
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Published March 1st 1996 by THE OBRIEN PRESS " (first published 1995)
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Bennie
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read. I was looking for something to read which dealt with the Irish turmoil of the 60s and 70s when I came across this at a book sale. A little scarce on details in parts but still good info on the Irish Godfather.
Tony
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
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Rob
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Maria McMahon
Fast paced, well written in journalistic style, no surprises however and you know the outcome from the start, which always kind of spoils it for me - I was not familiar with the criminal so I would have preferred to find out what happened at the end, rather than at the beginning. Still, a good read if you like biographies.
Matt
Aug 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a decent read about Organized crime in the last couple decades in Ireland. Some interesting points, and if you are a US based reader with fascination of Organized crime around the world, this does a nice job of going through the players.

I would give this a 3.5 stars personally, fairly well written, overall I would give it a shot if you like all things Organized crime.
Anp
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is fantastic. It leaves you pulling for the bad guy instead is the cops from time to time, very interesting tale.
Laurie
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty much tells the whole story of the general, the "troubles", the art.
Susan O
Jun 19, 2011 rated it liked it
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....
Diane Anderson
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frightening and fascinating.
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Paul Williams is an Irish crime journalist, and author of crime exposes depicting the rise and fall of some of Ireland's most notorious and brutal gangs and criminal figures.
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