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Sutton

by J R Moehringer

Hyperion | February 6, 2014 | Hardcover

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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,Suttontells a story of economic pain that feels eerily modern, while unfolding a story of doomed love, which is forever timeless.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.74 × 2.56 × 0.39 in

Published: February 6, 2014

Publisher: Hyperion

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1401323146

ISBN - 13: 9781401323141

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer J.R. Moehringer makes his fiction debut with this delicious read about the life of Depression-era bank robber Willie Sutton. Willie Sutton (1901 - 1980) was kindhearted, hardworking, and inherently honorable. But from a young age, the goodness in him was beaten down and bullied out. At every turn his attempts to earn a living and live a decent life were thwarted. Banks loomed large in Willie's life, and he came to understand that the people who ran them were the worst dregs of society – immoral and greedy men who had no compassion for those who struggled to eke out a living. One pivotal humiliation turned Willie toward a career he could control: robbing banks. Notwithstanding his talent as a bank robber, Willie Sutton was no stranger to incarceration, or to extricating himself from jail. His charm and personality – as well as his creed of non-violence – made him a folk hero. In Sutton, the reader meets Willie as an old man just after his final release from prison on Christmas Eve, 1969. Within minutes of walking out, he is kidnapped by a reporter and photographer who have been waiting for hours for the big "get" – the first real interview with Willie Sutton. Willie obliges – but in his way. Over the course of the next 24 hours, Willie takes his captors through a chronological series of emotional flashbacks of the defining moments in his life. It is a fascinating story, loosely based on truth, and filled with memorable Runyonesque characters, including Willie's love, Bess. Like with Bonnie and Clyde, this story will draw you in and have you rooting for the bad guy all the way. Sutton is very much a book to savour.

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Sutton

by J R Moehringer

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.74 × 2.56 × 0.39 in

Published: February 6, 2014

Publisher: Hyperion

Language: English

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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 Weekly
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