Kill the Irishman

Kill the Irishman

The War That Crippled the Mafia

Book - 2011
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Be sure to see Kill the Irishman --the major motion picture based on Rick Porrello's true-crime masterpiece!

A modern warrior known as Greene
Was very quick and smart, and mean.
He scrambled hard and fought like hell,
And led a charmed existence.
They shot him down and blew him up
With most regular persistence.
--From The Ballad of Danny Greene Clevelan d, the 1970s:

A fearless Irishman boldly muscles in on the Italian-American Mafia--intrepid, charismatic, shrewd, cunning, and armed with a master plan to take over the rackets under the auspices of the Irish banner of which he was so fiercely proud. His name is Greene, his signature color is green, and with his Irish luck for surviving bungled mob attempts on his life, he is seemingly indestructible. In the end, the war with Danny Greene--and his ultimate murder--severely crippled the Italian stranglehold on organized crime, with historic repercussions that outlived the unsinkable Irishman himself.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2011.
Edition: First Pocket Books pbk. edition
ISBN: 9781439171745
Branch Call Number: 364.106 PORRELLO
Characteristics: x, 283 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 18 cm.


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LRS1969 Feb 16, 2015

Excellent book by an author who did some VG research on this subject. I knew of Danny Greene and met him very briefly a couple of times when I was quite young. And at the time really had no idea as to the direction that he was going.

Danny Greene overview:

(I was like 10-12 age range and this was in time frame where DG was interim and then later full president of the local International Dockworkers union and I moved on away from area for several years around age 15 by which time DG was more deeply involved in his "Celtic Mafia" activities... as I recall, DG was same age as my father who lived in Collinwood at that time and for several years)

I proceeded the author into "The Job" elsewhere in the Cleveland Metropolitan Area and kept track of the latter era of Danny Greene and the affairs surrounding his "wars" with opposing organized crime mafias. The author covers this - as well as DG's early days - in very good and accurate detail.

I would suggest checking out the author's biography, as it brings the excellence of the book into focus.

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