- Title: Kill the Irishman
- Author: Rick Porrello
- ISBN: 9781439171745
- Page: 235
- Format: Paperback
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 fearleBe 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.
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I was living in Cleveland at the time Danny Greene's ascendency in the world of organized crime. I frequently heard rumors that gangsters were active in Murray Hill (Little Italy). It turns out those rumors were true. And the Mafia didn't like Danny Greene.
An interesting book which delves into the dark underworld of crime in 1970's Cleveland, Ohio. I was impressed with the level of detail that Porrello explored in this book about his subject, but my critique of it is that is read like an outline. It was incredibly formulaic in its story and followed a very generalized sequence.So from a difficulty standpoint, it's quite easy to read; perhaps the most challenging concept was that I could have had more understanding of the inter-relationships betwee [...]
This book is full of interesting facts and a very compelling story. However, it is not well written and even more poorly edited. It is packed with grammar and spelling mistakes that make it difficult for me to focus on the writing. Things like "Unitied States" or "the guy left town because he is a loaner" really take away from an author's point in my opinion. Too bad.
Who would guess that the most compelling Mafia story ever would be in a self-published book that takes place in Cleveland and features an Irishman as the main character? If the story sounds multi-faceted, consider the author: Rick Porrello, a descendent of early Mafiosi and a distinguished police chief, is also a talented jazz drummer who played with Sammy Davis Jr. Here, Rick's writing is not yet to the level he reaches in later books such as "Superthief," but no matter - "To Kill the Irishman" [...]
This book was a lot smaller than it looked from the outside; big font, big spacing, big margins, lots of addenda at the end, etc. It was supposed to be the story (I thought) about this dude who ran an Irish mafia in Cleveland, but ended up being more about the Italian guys trying to kill him. I never got a good idea of Danny Greene, the titular Irishman, I don't see how he segues into murder, or how any of these criminals were out in the open enough to be doing gossipy interviews with the newspa [...]
I was very interested in this book after I read his other book about the Cleveland Mafia. It was a good read and interesting to hear about the Cleveland underground. However, the book was a bit shallow at points where the relationships between the members was passed over for the action. There were a lot of names thrown out in the book and at times it was difficult to figure out/remember what everyone's role was and how it related to Danny Greene.
I am from Youngstown and grew up on stories about the Youngstown/Cleveland/Pittsburgh mafia, so the subject matter was of particular interest to me. Author Rick Porrello is a police officer by trade, not a writer, and it shows. It reads more like a text, listing events and facts, rather than a narrative. He clearly did his homework, though, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about true crime, history and/or mob stories.
I'm currently living in the Cleveland and thought this would be a great history of the mafia in this area. There was a lot of research done here and it shows. The writing was very simple anyone could read and follow along. A good book all in all.
The book was not well written overall. It is non-fiction, but it seems the author tried to write it as a novel and failed. He ends up spitting out too many names and facts and not explaining the story deeply enough. Despite this, I enjoyed learning a bit about the history of the Cleveland mafia.
Saw the film title "Kill the Irishman" and watched the movie. I didn't know anything about Danny Greene and do not live in the area. After watching the film and I checked for the source material and found this title. Although the book is written like short news articles, rather than an integrated whole, I was fascinated by the connections between the crime families and the labor unions. I also found Danny Greene's connections with the FBI as an informant and his obsession with Celtic warriors a [...]
This book tells the story of the Cleveland Mafia and their war against an Irish gangster Danny Greene. It tells of Greene’s short rise and then the campaign of terror and bombings between the two factions and the trial of Greene’s killers
My academic field is organized crime, but for some reason I'd not read this book before. Surprising since I remember Danny Greene,Shondor Burns, Angelo Leonardo and actually know through second degree of separation, some of the guys in this book, particularly Ronnie Carrabia, Joey Naples, and the LicovolisAll-in-all I liked the book. It refreshed my memory and also clarified some questions I've had for years. Lots of good pictures. It also left a lot of (for me) picky questions. Like how did Sho [...]
Although it was interesting to read about the mafia in Cleveland's recent history, I had a hard time getting through this book because of the way it was laid out and written. It reminded me of those term papers I had to write where I had strips of paper with one sentence thoughts written down and I had to arrange them in some sort of cohesive manner. Add to that editorial and grammatical errors that interfered with the flow of sentences (and there were many of those errors). I wish anyone else b [...]
A well-written, well-documented account of the rise and ultimate fall of Danny Greene (as well as most of his adversaries). But surprisingly brief—especially when read as an eBook. Just past the 60% point, the main story ends; then comes several pages of source material, followed by a series of very brief vignettes about other related individuals. Overall, rather disappointing, for this reason only English's Paddy Whacked includes a fantastic chapter on Danny Greene and the Cleveland mob wars, [...]
This book illustrates the collapse of the mafia in northeast Ohio during the late 70's; and in many ways explains why my father took the family to Wyoming in 1978 as Northeast Ohio was nothing but a volcano in constant eruption.The Author Mr. Rick Porello writes what i believe is an unbiased view, and factual accounts on the History of the Mafia in Northeast OhioI also recommend reading Porello's other book "corn, blood, sugar history of the Cleveland mafia"Anyone who follows the history Of Nort [...]
what I learned from this book?? really you have to ask? How about don't Fu** with the mafia! now admitally this book was set between 1933 and oh about 1979 (correction October 5, 1977) I think is when they finally got Danny Greene, It's interesting to me because a lot of it is based in and around Cleveland. Lot's of name dropping, lots of gangster talk and I don't mean the "Yo Yo" kind.It's based around the popular La Cosa Nostra gangs based all the way out to California. I am almost done and on [...]
I was living in NE Ohio when this story took place though oblivious to mob activity. True story of Danny Greene written by Cleveland police chief Rick Porrello. Greene rose to some sort of power in the Cleveland dock workers union, and in crime. He died comparatively young in a car bombing, and the investigation into his death led to the arrests of Mafiosi all over the country. Greene was one of those rather appealing criminals, a self-romanticizing Celtic warrior with spots of gold in his letha [...]
I've been meaning to read this book for awhile - as the central story is about a mob murder of Danny Green that happened here in Cleveland in Oct of 1977 - just 2 years after we moved here. There were a lot of interesting (Cleveland centric) things in the book. The writing was very poor - they made a movie of this book - I'll have to see if it's on Netflix, unless you're interested in Cleveland History or the mob in general - I wouldn't recommend it.
Well written, well researched I loved this book. I've always had a fascination with the mafia but I knew nothing about the Cleveland mafia or the fact that perhaps it still exists though nothing like it was in its heyday. It was very striking that Danny Greene had his hand in a few bombings and in money making schemes but he couldn't be touched because he was an F.B.I. informat which makes me wonder how much more he would have gotten away with had he not been killed.
About an average read. My biggest gripe was that I picked this book up looking for the story of Danny Greene as the main character. As the vowel at the end of this author's name should indicate, the story was more focused on the mafiosi to whom Danny Greene was a thorn in their side. An interesting read nonetheless.
Awesome book. I saw the movie on opening day and they kind of make Danny Green out to be a hero. Only in reading the book and getting to know the mob connections do you start to realize he was really just another thug. Still a fascinating story. I still can't help being somewhat in awe of his life, even if it was mostly that of a criminal.
The Italian mobsters have nothing on this Irish megalomaniac. Like all villains he died as he lived. Some looked him as a colorful Irish hero. In reality he was a thug like all gangsters irrepectve of ethnicity. He certainly, by his demise made a lot of careers both in the Clevelad PD and Cleveland FBI.
An interesting book about a time I vaguely remember when I lived in Cleveland. There's not a good guy in the bunch, but then it is about the mob and the man who, as the title says, crippled it. A fairly quick read and worth it if you're interested in one bit of the history of the Mafia, and of Cleveland.
Born and raise in Cleveland and personally familiar with some of the people in the book, I found this a fascinating read. The writing is decent, but not great; the storyline, however, is gripping. The film could have been much better.
In depth story of Danny Greene, the Irish American that brought down the Cleveland Mafia. Lots of names, lots of familiar places. Makes me miss Little Italy in Cleveland. Very interesting. I had no idea that Cleveland was bomb city usa in the early 70s, all due to Danny Greene.
Written by a former policeman with an easy writing style. This is a good book that chronicles the downfall of the Cleveland Mafia. I am a little disappointed that Porello seems to glorify Danny Greene and demean the Italians. Both factions were violent criminals.
Excellent book about Cleveland's Mafia history! All the cities in the book are very familiar to me since I grew up in the area. I had no idea that Cleveland had the 'honor' of being the car bomb capital in the late 70's. Easy to read.
Book was fascinating. I had never read a nonfiction book but wanted to read this since it took place in the area I grew up. I held my attention and continues discussion even after finishing the book. I am so glad I read it will definitely see the movie.
I always remembered Cleveland in the 70s being rather lawless and I guess now I know why. If you are interested in the mafia or the downfall of the mafia, this is a must read. If you are from Cleveland, also a must read. Otherwise, still pretty good.
Fascinating and frightening at the same time to read about Cleveland's mafia figures. Most of the book covers the time period in the 70's when I was in high school and college. Porello does a nice job of bring depth to Danny Greene.
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