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"T.J. English, one of the great reporters of our time, has outdone himself with this amazing panorama of strivers and thugs.  The continuities over nearly two centuries are so striking that the past seems improbably clear. Paddy Whacked is a page turner and a revelation."

– Luc Sante,
author of Low Life

"Compulsively readable…."

USA Today

"A riveting history of Irish thug life inextricably linked to some of America’s most cherished institutions."

– Michael Patrick MacDonald,
author of All Souls

"A colorful history of Shamrock gangdom... captivating... T.J. English gets his Irish up."

– Tom Robbins,
The Village Voice

"An admirable counterweight to the bullet-splattered romances of Mafia Lit... Very entertaining... intriguing.  Where Paddy Whacked truly sings is in the vivid closing chapters about the charming and murderous Whitey Bulger."

Chicago Sun-Times

"Entertaining and useful... compelling... memorable.  Nothing has been tried on this scale before. Lovers of true-life gangster books will find plenty to like... [T.J. English] has created some remarkable portraits, fascinating chapters in his ambitious and rewarding history."

– Nathan Ward,
New York Sun

"Sets the record straight...  An intense, erudite yet sometimes horrifying account of violent Celtic criminals who make the Dead End Kids look like choirboys."

Publishers Weekly

"Compelling history…"

San Francisco Chronicle

"A fun read for anyone who is interested in the history of crime in America...  Gritty and horrific...  English does an admirable job of bringing to life some of the most famous Irish American gangsters... and is on equally solid ground when examining the lives of the men who built and sustained the great urban political machines."

California Literary Review

"A swell read, and an instructive one...  An attention-grabbing book... told by a master storyteller and facile, observant writer who has explored in depth the context of his subjects... fascinating."

Toledo Blade

"Exhaustive... English shines in his depiction of recent gangs and gangsters."

Buffalo News

"A truly encyclopedic account of the rollicking rise of Irish American gangsters.  And boyo, what a whale of a tale it is... Painstakingly researched... an awesome work of scholarship – and an outrageously enjoyable read...  English is a master storyteller, and the Irish American outlaws have provided him with 200 years of marvelous material."

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Goes down like a series of ales and whiskey chasers, consumed to a soundtrack of violent ballads sung by someone who knows how to bring a laugh and a tear...  English marshals his material for maximum storytelling."

The Flint Journal

"A fascinating combination of biography, ethnography, and social history... compelling, honest and startling."

Richmond Times-Dispatch

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New York, NY   10003
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