Sutton

Sutton

Book - 2012
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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 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.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2012.
ISBN: 9781401323141
Characteristics: 334 p. :,map ;,25 cm.

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Pudder13
Oct 22, 2015

Not as good as anticipate but an ok read.

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rooibos
Dec 18, 2013

Riveting read

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KarenW
Jan 21, 2013

When bank robber William Sutton is finally released from prison, he finds himself the guest of a newspaper man and a photographer that want the story of his life from his lips. Willie, however, is only going to do it his way. And what evolves from a simple chronological tour of New York and its boroughs becomes a story of love, loss, and redemption.

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dontbugmeimreading
Jan 19, 2013

loved it! it grabbed me on page one and didn't let me go until the end.

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bookwormjeph
Dec 21, 2012

an interesting insight into the life and mind of one of America's most wanted bank robbers. Willie Sutton had a policy of not hurting anyone during his robberies and simply robbed banks because he hated them so much due to his belief they were the cause of the financial ruin of many millions of Americans during the depression of the 30's. Sound familiar? the style it is written is one of flashback and present day activities and paints a vivid picture of life in the 30's, 40's and 50's.

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