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I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran and the Inside… (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Charles Brandt (Author)

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AS I HEARD YOU PAINT HOUSES New York Times Bestseller Now a major motion picture directed by Academy Award® winner Martin Scorsese, starring Academy Award® winners Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, and Academy Award® nominee Harvey Keitel, and written by Academy Award® winner Steven Zaillian.   The Irishman "gives new meaning to the term 'guilty pleasure.''' -- Bryan Burrough, author of Public Enemies, in The New York Times Book Review   "Told with such economy and chilling force as to make The Sopranos suddenly seem overwrought and theatrical." --New York Daily News   "A terrific read." --Kansas City Star   Includes an Epilogue and a Conclusion that detail substantial post-publication corroboration of Frank Sheeran's revelations about the killings of Jimmy Hoffa, Joey Gallo and JFK. The Irishman is an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th Century. Spanning decades, Sheeran's story chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and it offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics. Sheeran would rise to a position of such prominence that in a RICO suit against The Commission of La Cosa Nostra, the US Government would name him as one of only two non-Italians in conspiracy with the Commission. Sheeran is listed alongside the likes of Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano and Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews, Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than twenty-five hits for the mob, and Brandt turned Sheeran's story into a page-turning true crime classic.… (more)
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Title:I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran and the Inside Story of the Mafia, the Teamsters, and the Final Ride of Jimmy Hoffa
Authors:Charles Brandt (Author)
Info:Steerforth (2004), Edition: 1st, 383 pages
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Stunning confessions told as only the Mafia can. Tremendous insight into the reason and thought process behind every move they made. RIP Jimmy R. Hoffa. ( )
  Lcmcsr | Apr 22, 2022 |
apparently a lot of the claims sheeran made (at least the most explosive ones) were probably false. still a good read and an excellent movie
  rottweilersmile | Feb 27, 2022 |
I read this book years ago and just recently re read it. Still just as good the second time. ( )
  loraineo | Mar 9, 2021 |
This book was the basis for Martin Scorsese's movie of the same name, and perports to solve the mystery of what happened to Jimmy Hoffa as well as the assassination of John F. Kennedy. One man was responsible - Frank Sheerhan

The author spins a good gangster story as anyone who has seen Scorsese's movie can attest to. however, despite going into voluminous explanations for his claims, most of them have been debunked since the publication of the book.

My advice is to read the first half of the book which is a great mob story, and then ignore the last half where Brundt tries to convince you of his tale's authenticity. ( )
  etxgardener | Dec 24, 2020 |
Quick impressions: Interesting book overall. Sheeran's life from post the Depression, WWII, and after into the 70s is very interesting. A lot was happening, and he describes it well. This edition is the movie-tie in, and it has a lot of extra material (almost 100 pages more than the original book), and a lot of that feels like filler. Brandt fills in gaps in the history in the main narrative, but the stuff after Sheeran's story ends just makes the book drag. Still, if you have seen the movie, or are planning to see it, you may consider reading the book.

(Full review on my blog later). ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AS I HEARD YOU PAINT HOUSES New York Times Bestseller Now a major motion picture directed by Academy Award® winner Martin Scorsese, starring Academy Award® winners Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Anna Paquin, and Academy Award® nominee Harvey Keitel, and written by Academy Award® winner Steven Zaillian.   The Irishman "gives new meaning to the term 'guilty pleasure.''' -- Bryan Burrough, author of Public Enemies, in The New York Times Book Review   "Told with such economy and chilling force as to make The Sopranos suddenly seem overwrought and theatrical." --New York Daily News   "A terrific read." --Kansas City Star   Includes an Epilogue and a Conclusion that detail substantial post-publication corroboration of Frank Sheeran's revelations about the killings of Jimmy Hoffa, Joey Gallo and JFK. The Irishman is an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked for legendary crime boss Russell Bufalino alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th Century. Spanning decades, Sheeran's story chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and it offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics. Sheeran would rise to a position of such prominence that in a RICO suit against The Commission of La Cosa Nostra, the US Government would name him as one of only two non-Italians in conspiracy with the Commission. Sheeran is listed alongside the likes of Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano and Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews, Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than twenty-five hits for the mob, and Brandt turned Sheeran's story into a page-turning true crime classic.

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