Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.74 × 2.56 × 0.39 in
Published: February 6, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1401323146
ISBN - 13: 9781401323141
From the Publisher
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,Suttontells a
story of economic pain that feels eerily modern, while unfolding a
story of doomed love, which is forever timeless.
About the Author
J.R. Moehringer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing
in 2000, is a former national correspondent for theLos Angeles
Timesand a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
Moehringer is the author of theNew York
TimesbestsellingThe Tender Barand coauthor
ofOpenby Andre Agassi.
"A mesmerizing portrait of a remarkable man . . . The author''s eye
for detail and sense of place make every stop on Sutton''s internal
and external journeys resonate-from smoking a Chesterfield to
Sutton''s first sight of the moon as a free man, every scene is
saturated with life."-Publishers