Rogues and Redeemers: When Politics Was King in Irish Boston

Rogues and Redeemers: When Politics Was King in Irish Boston

by Gerard O'Neill

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From the bestselling coauthor of Black Mass, a behind-the-scenes portrait of the Irish power brokers who forged and fractured twentieth-century Boston.
Rogues and Redeemers tells the hidden story of Boston politics--the cold-blooded ward bosses, the smoke-filled rooms, the larger-than-life pols who became national figures: Honey Fitz, the crafty stage Irishman and grandfather to a president; the pugilistic Rascal King, Michael Curley; the hectored Kevin White who tried to hold the city together during the busing crisis; and Ray Flynn, the Southie charmer who was truly the last hurrah for Irish-American politics in the city.
     For almost a century, the Irish dominated Boston politics with their own unique, clannish brand of coercion and shaped its future for good and ill. Former Boston Globe investigative reporter Gerard O'Neill takes the reader through the entire journey from the famine ships arriving in Massachusetts Bay to the wresting of power away from the Brahmins of Beacon Hill to the Title I wars of attrition over housing to the rending of the city over busing to the Boston of today--which somehow through it all became a modern, revitalized city, albeit with a growing divide between the haves and have-nots.
     Sweeping in its history and intimate in its details, Rogues and Redeemers echoes all the great themes of The Power Broker and Common Ground and should take its place on that esteemed shelf as a classic, definitive epic of a city.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307952790
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 03/13/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,116,526
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

GERARD O'NEILL was editor of the Boston Globe's investigative team for 25 years before retiring to teach graduate courses in journalism at Boston University. With Dick Lehr, he coauthored The Underboss in 1989 and  Black Mass in 2000. Black Mass was a New York Times bestseller and number one on the Globe's bestseller list for a year. He has won several regional and national reporting awards over several decades, including the Pulitzer; the Associated Press Managing Editors Award in 1977 and 1998; the Loeb Awards for business reporting in 1991; and was a Pulitzer finalist in 1997. He holds a master's in journalism from Boston University and lives in Back Bay with his wife, Janet. He has two sons.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Chapter 1 famine's progeny 1

2 Shawn A Boo 25

3 The Good Shepherd 47

4 Himself 63

5 The Badger Game 101

6 Whispering Johnny 115

7 All or Nothing 143

8 Baby-faced Assassin 159

9 I Am a Legend 185

10 Whither Boston 209

11 Maybe Not Wendell from Worcester 241

12 Halloween Massacre 279

13 Losing Ground 307

14 Still Broke 333

Epilogue 369

Acknowledgments 377

Notes 379

Index 385

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Rogues and Redeemers: When Politics Was King in Irish Boston 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JTO1 More than 1 year ago
so well done. agree with thomas o'connor - this will be the next great history of boston classic. great writing, learned a lot, couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago