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Sutton - J.R. Moehringer
Sutton
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Born in the squalid Irish slums of Brooklyn, in the first year of the twentieth century, Willie Sutton came of age at a time when banks were out of control. If they weren't taking brazen risks, causing millions to lose their jobs and homes, they were shamelessly seeking bailouts. Trapped in a... show more
Born in the squalid Irish slums of Brooklyn, in the first year of the twentieth century, Willie Sutton came of age at a time when banks were out of control. If they weren't taking brazen risks, causing millions to lose their jobs and homes, they were shamelessly seeking bailouts. Trapped in a cycle of bank panics, depressions and soaring unemployment, Sutton saw only one way out, only one way to win the girl of his dreams. So began the career of America's most successful bank robber. Over three decades Sutton became so good at breaking into banks, and such a master at breaking out of prisons, police called him one of the most dangerous men in New York, and the FBI put him on its first-ever Most Wanted List. But the public rooted for Sutton. He never fired a shot, after all, and his victims were merely those bloodsucking banks. When he was finally caught for good in 1952, crowds surrounded the jail and chanted his name. Blending vast research with vivid imagination, Pulitzer Prize-winner J.R. Moehringer brings Willie Sutton blazing back to life. In Moehringer's retelling, it was more than need or rage at society that drove Sutton. It was one unforgettable woman. In all Sutton's crimes and confinements, his first love (and first accomplice) was never far from his thoughts. And when Sutton finally walked free--a surprise pardon on Christmas Eve, 1969--he immediately set out to find her. Poignant, comic, fast-paced and fact-studded, Sutton tells a story of economic pain that feels eerily modern, while unfolding a story of doomed love, which is forever timeless.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781401323141 (1401323146)
ASIN: 1401323146
Publisher: Hyperion
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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2020
2020 rated it
A story of an Irish kid from a tough Brooklyn neighborhood who grows up to become a legendary, and very well read, bank robber because "the banks are the real crooks". What's not to like? Well, if, like I was, you are looking for an informative biography that digs into what makes a character like ...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
5.0 Sutton
If you believe the author, in this moving and very human portrait of Willie Sutton, he was a good boy gone bad because of circumstances beyond his control; he fell madly in love with a beautiful teenage girl of a different social class and was stoutly rejected by her family. She, Bess, encouraged hi...
Constantly Moving the Bookmark
Constantly Moving the Bookmark rated it
5.0 Sutton
Born on June 30, 1901 Willie “the Actor” Sutton was a notorious bank robber through the early part of the 1900’s. He died on November 02, 1980 after having spent more than half of his adult life in prison. He served time in several different penal institutions and managed dramatic escapes three ti...
florinda3rs
florinda3rs rated it
Making celebrities out of people whose deeds aren’t exactly things to celebrate is well-established American pastime, and for several decades through the mid-20th century, bank robber Willie Sutton was one of the biggest. A master of disguise dubbed “The Actor” by the press, Sutton learned his “trad...
LAUREN B. DAVIS
LAUREN B. DAVIS rated it
5.0 Sutton
Wonderful book. Look for my complete review on Truthdig.com in the next few weeks. I'll post a link when it's up.
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