In 1915, two men-one a journalist agitator, the other a technically brilliant filmmaker-incited a public confrontation that roiled America, pitting black against white, Hollywood against Boston, and free speech against civil rights.
Monroe Trotter and D. W. Griffith were fighting over a film that dramatized the Civil War and Reconstruction in a post-Confederate South. Griffith's film, The Birth of a Nation, included actors in blackface, heroic portraits of Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and a depiction of Lincoln's assassination. Freed slaves were portrayed as villainous, vengeful, slovenly, and dangerous to the sanctity of American values. It was tremendously successful, eventually seen by 25 million Americans. But violent protests against the film flared up across the country.
Almost fifty years earlier, Monroe's father, James, was a sergeant in an all-black Union regiment that marched into Charleston, South Carolina, just as the Kentucky cavalry-including Roaring Jack Griffith, D. W.'s father-fled for their lives. Monroe Trotter's titanic crusade to have the film censored became a blueprint for dissent during the 1950s and 1960s. This is the fiery story of a revolutionary moment for mass media and the nascent civil rights movement, and the men clashing over the cultural and political soul of a still-young America standing at the cusp of its greatest days.
Le livre qui a inspir le film EVENEMENT de la rentre, BLACK MASS, avec Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, et Dakota Jonhson ! La vritable histoire de Whitey Bulger, le criminel le plus violent de l'histoire de Boston, qui est devenu un informateur du FBI pour dtruire une famille Mafia qui menaait son territoire. Whitey Bulger, le chef du gangs Winter Hill, auteur de 19 meurtres a t arrt le 22 Juin 2011, aprs une chasse l'homme de 16 ans, il avait 81 ans. Mais Black Mass, c'est l'histoire d'une amiti entre deux gosses perdus des quartiers dfavoriss de Boston, John Connoly et James " Whitey " Bulger, tous deux d'origine irlandaise. Connoly est devenu flic, Bulger voyou. Aprs une peine purge Alcatraz pour vol de 1956 1959, Whitey Bulger va mettre Boston sa botte en excutant tous ceux qui se dressent sur son passage et devenir le parrain incontest de Boston. Bulger va alors passer un pacte avec son copain Connoly, il donne des infos au FBI sur gangs rivaux en change de sa tranquilit. Mais avec le temps, la ligne de partage entre le bien et le mal va devenir floue et la criminalit ne cessera d'augmenter Boston ville du trafic de drogue, du racket et du meurtre. La ville est devenue un lieu o les bons taient mchants et les mchants taient des cauchemars. Prvenu par Conoly que les Fdraux vont l'arrter, Whitey Bulger entame une cavale avec sa compagne qui va durer 16 ans. En novembre 2013, il est condamn la prison vie. C'est lui qui a inspir le personnage incarn par Jack Nicholson dans le film Les Infiltrs de Martin Scorsese. La sortie du film BLACK MASS est prvue en octobre 2015.
One FBI Agent. One Boston Gangster. One Deal.
The greatest and bloodiest story of corruption ever told.
James 'Whitey' Bulger and John Connolly grew up together on the tough streets of South Boston. Decades later in the mid-1970s, they met again. By then, Connolly was a major figure in the FBI's Boston office and Whitey had become godfather of the Irish Mob. Connolly had an idea, a scheme that might bring Bulger into the FBI fold and John Connolly into the Bureau's big leagues. But Bulger had other plans. Black Mass is the chilling true story of what happened between them - a dark deal that spiralled out of control, leading to drug dealing, racketeering and murder.
/> From the award-winning journalistic pair Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill comes a true-crime classic which takes the reader deep undercover, exposing one of the worst scandals in FBI history.
From the bestselling writers of Black Mass, now a major film, comes the definitive biography of Whitey Bulger - the most brutal modern day mafia boss since Gotti.
Drawing on previously classified material, Whitey tells the story of James J. 'Whitey' Bulger, the crime boss, psychopath and killer who brought the FBI to its knees. From his childhood on the streets of South Boston and his cell in Alcatraz in the 1950s, to the corrupt pact with the FBI and the fifteen years he hid in plain sight as one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted, Whitey is the story of corruption, greed and an insatiable hunger for power and control. A sadistic crime boss who liked to get his hands dirty even at the top, this explosive biography creates a portrait of a monster, and one of the most successful organised crime careers of all time.
Now a major motion picture starring Johnny Depp
A New York Times Bestseller
A Boston Globe Bestseller
An ABA Indie Bestseller
James "Whitey" Bulger became one of the most ruthless gangsters in US history, and all because of an unholy deal he made with a childhood friend. John Connolly a rising star in the Boston FBI office, offered Bulger protection in return for helping the Feds eliminate Boston's Italian mafia. But no one offered Boston protection from Whitey Bulger, who, in a blizzard of gangland killings, took over the city's drug trade. Whitey's deal with Connolly's FBI spiraled out of control to become the biggest informant scandal in FBI history.
Black Mass is a New York Times and Boston Globe bestseller, written by two former reporters who were on the case from the beginning. It is an epic story of violence, double-cross, and corruption at the center of which are the black hearts of two old friends whose lives unfolded in the darkness of permanent midnight.
On February 26, 1986, Mafia underboss Gennaro Angiulo was convicted of racketeering and sentenced to forty-five years in prison. In The Underboss, bestselling authors Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill tell the story of the fall of the house of Angiulo. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, aided in part by the Irish Mob's Whitey Bulger, entered the Boston Mafia's headquarters in Boston's North End early one morning in 1981 and began to compile the evidence that would lead to the entire upper tier of one of the most profitable and ruthless criminal enterprises in America. Originally published in hardback by St. Martin's in 1989, The Underboss became a national bestseller. Information uncovered during the course of Lehr and O'Neill's Black Mass investigations adds new dimensions to the story and the authors include this new material-including Whitey Bulger's cagey manipulation of the FBI-in The Underboss's revised text and in a new preface and afterword.