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The Irish Wise Guys: My New Book by John Joe McGinley

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John Joe McGinley

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Delighted to become a member of writing.ie I’d like to say hello to everyone and tell you about my book Irish Wise Guys.

The United States has always opened its arms to the huddled masses of Irish men and women, who have left their native land for a better life, and most have repaid this hospitality many times over.

23 of the 46 presidents of America claim Irish descent. The first man on the moon Neil Armstrong’s ancestors came from Fermanagh and Tyrone. In the world of business, Henry Ford the inventor of the modern assembly line, considered himself both an American and a west cork man.

When you think of the Irish in America, an iconic image is of the cops who pounded the beat of New York and other major American cities such as Boston and Chicago.

However, an unsavoury side to the Irish in America has always been the rise of, and violence of the Irish Gangsters, many of whom became Americas most wanted criminals some even public enemy number 1!

As the young America began to mature between the wars the Irish established themselves in all walks of live including crime. The Irish Wise guys explores the tales of the most famous and influential Irish American gangsters and their gangs who ruled the streets of New York, Boston and Chicago.

It is a no-holds-barred account focusing on the most notorious Irish American Gangsters, crime bosses for whom death and destruction was a daily currency in their lives. Gangsters like Whitey Bulger, Vincent ‘Mad Dog’ Coll, George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly and Owney ‘The Killer’ Madden. In different circumstances these men could have been captains of industry, politicians or union leaders. Instead they choose a path of crime that would make them into some of the most wanted men in America

Loaners like Vincent Mad Dog Coll are rare in the annals of Irish American gangsters who mostly achieved notoriety as part of the many gangs that sprung up almost from the first moments Irish emigrants came of the famine boats in New York or settled in Boston and Chicago. Gangs like the Gophers, The White Hand gang, the Northside gang, Winter Hill Gang and the Westies.

No story of Irish American gangsters would be complete without a look at each of these gangs who were the steppingstone for so many in their rise in the world of crime.

Irish Wise Guys is available to buy on www.irishwiseguys.ie priced €14.99 plus €5 postage worldwide

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