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Sutton explained Sutton, review Sutton, trailer Sutton, box office Sutton, analysis Sutton, Sutton f6c0 Willie Sutton Was Born In The Squalid Irish Slums Of Brooklyn, In The First Year Of The Twentieth Century, And Came Of Age At A Time When Banks Were Out Of Control If They Weren T Failing Outright, Causing Countless Americans To Lose Their Jobs And Homes, They Were Being Propped Up With Emergency Bailouts Trapped In A Cycle Of Panics, Depressions And Soaring Unemployment, Sutton Saw Only One Way Out, Only One Way To Win The Girl Of His DreamsSo 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 ListBut 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 , Crowds Surrounded The Jail And Chanted His NameBlending Vast Research With Vivid Imagination, Pulitzer Prize Winner JR Moehringer Brings Willie Sutton Blazing Back To Life In Moehringer S Retelling, It Was Than Poverty 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, He Immediately Set Out To Find HerPoignant, Comic, Fast Paced And Fact Studded, Sutton Tells A Story Of Economic Pain That Feels Eerily Modern, While Unfolding A Story Of Doomed Love That Is Forever Timeless Overview Via Barnes And Noble

  • Hardcover
  • 334 pages
  • Sutton
  • J.R. Moehringer
  • English
  • 03 March 2017
  • 9781401323141

About the Author: J.R. Moehringer

J.R Moehringer is an American journalist and author Born in New York City and raised in Manhasset, New York, he is a former national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.A 1986 graduate of Yale University, Moehringer began his journalism career as a news assistant at The New York Times.He won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2000.

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    Sutton is the first multigeneration bank robber in history, the first ever to build a lengthy career it spans four decades In his heyday Sutton was the face of American crime, one of a handful of men to make the leap from public enemy to folk hero Smarter than Machine Gun Kelly, saner than Pretty Boy Floyd, likable than Legs Diamond, peaceable than Dutch Schultz, romantic than Bonnie and Clyde, Sutton saw bank robbery as high art and went about it with an artist s single minded zeal He believed in study, planning, hard work And yet he was also creative, an innovator, and like the greatest artists he proved to be tenacious survivor He escaped three maximum security prisons, eluded cops and FBI agents for years He was Henry Ford by way of John Dillinger with dashes of Houdini and Picasso and Rasputin The reporters know all about Sutton s stylish clothes, his impish smile, his love of good books, the glint of devilment in his bright blue eyes, so blue that the FBI once described them in bulletins as azure It s the rare bank robber who moves the FBI to such lyricism Willie SuttonWillie The Artist Sutton stole an estimated 2million dollars over the span of his forty year career and spent than half of his adult life behind bars J R Moehringer takes us from his childhood until his death The story is told from the vantage point of Willie Sutton aged 69 on the day he is released from prison and as his memories unfold the reader is allowed to ride shotgun with Sutton as he guides us through his career One thing that really struck me is that just before World War One the United States was in a depression and then experienced several depressions long before the Great Depression of the 1930s Willie was one of those guys born in an Irish borough, achieving only an 8th grade education, and every time there was even a slight downturn in the market he was among the first group to be let go from his job The disparity between rich and poor was a wide chasm and he and his friends, growing up barely able to keep food in their mouths, were well aware of the disadvantages The uneven playing field that people, by dint of birth, found themselves fighting against their whole lives is the same rigged machine that exists today The rich just keep getting richer, the middle class is shrinking, and the poor are losing all hope of climbing the rungs to prosperity Willie has a natural animosity towards the banks and the Wall Street tycoons The name Rockefeller rarely leaves his mouth without being preceded and followed by a handful of expletives It is beyond ironic that when Willie gets the call that he has been pardoned in 1969 it is Nelson Rockefeller that secures his release Death stands at your door, hitches up its pants, points its baton at you then hands you a pardon New York loved Sutton, thought of him as a Robin Hood character because he used guile rather than violence to rob banks He meets a doorman who happens to be a fan Three greatest Willies in New York, my old man says Willie Mays, Joe Willie Namath, and Willie the Actor Willie loves New York and spends most of his life, while not in prison, in the city He casts a jaundiced eye on his own relationship with his home city New York, he says No matter how many times you see it, you never quite get over how much it doesn t fuckin need you Doesn t care if you live or die, stay or go But that that indifference, I guess you d call it that s half of what makes the town so goddamn beautiful Willie was a lifetime reader, a fact that endeared him to me He started out reading Horatio Alger books because they were predictable and reassured him that if he worked hard he would eventually succeed After being laid off numerous times regardless of how well he performed his duties it didn t take him long to realize that Horatio Alger was selling a load of crap While in prison he discovered the series of pamphlets produced by E Haldeman Julius about every subject under the sun They raised his familiarity with subjects to the point that he was comfortable reading the regular editions of Cicero, St, Augustine, Bronte, and one of his favorite authors Proust For a man marking time, obsessed with time, Proust was a natural fit for a man stacking every hour in prison The police knew that Willie liked books and after one of his escapes bookstores were on the list of sites to be staked out Yep that would be me, FBI s MOST WANTED JEFFREY DEAN KEETEN snagged at a bookstore Like John Dillinger, cops liked to be photographed with Willie Sutton.Sutton was in love with one girl for most of his life A girl named Bess Endner was the object of his affection A girl not only unattainable, but existing in a life of security and wealth so far removed from Sutton that the air was too precious for him to breath The bisection of fantasy and reality that surround his relationship with Bess are difficult to unravel A reporter who spent most of his professional career following the exploits of Willie Sutton finds himself hitting inconsistency not only in his relationship with Bess, but with details regarding Sutton s criminal career How many of the contradictions in Sutton s memoirs, or in his mind, were willful, and how many were dementia, Reporter doesn t know HIs current theory is that Sutton lived three separate lives The one he remembered, the one he told people about, the one that really happened Where those lives overlapped, no one can say, and God help anyone who tries More than likely, Sutton himself didn t know Willie lived long enough to control his own legend His most quoted line that I had heard, but couldn t have attributed to Sutton is Willie, why do you rob banks He was asked by a reporter Because that s where the money is He famously replied I know he looks harmless lady, but that little old man is a notorious bank robber I was absolutely transported by this book It is a book of many layers, sprinkled with politics and a clear eyed view about crime It gives us an extensive overview of the risk versus reward of the profession There is philosophy Whenever an Indian is lost or sad, or near death, he goes and finds the place of his birth and lies down on top of it Indians think that gives a man some kind of healing Closes some kind of loop. And hookers with a heart of gold Her touch is surprisingly gentle, and skillful, and Willie is quickly aroused She drags her rich chestnut hair up his chest, across his face, like a fan of feathers He likes the way it feels, and smells Her hair soap, Castile maybe, masks the room s other baked in scents Male sweat, old spunk and Fels There are hardboiled statements straight out of Chandler or Hammett A safe is like a woman She ll tell you how to open her, providing you know how to listen There are beatings by cops, there are narrow escapes, unexpected kindnesses, soul tearing betrayals, and hair raising robberies The book delivered exactly what I wanted and best of all, even though this is a novel, Willie Sutton really existed I worked as a loan officer in a bank for a year and interesting enough they had to do a back ground check on me, my father, and my grandfather before I could go to work there I had these visions of sitting there before the bank president He looking at me over the top of his bifocals and saying we are so sorry Mr Keeten, but there was this little incident with a bank in Oklahoma back in 1936 I was as it turned out hired, but there was a small part of me rooting for my grandfather, who I never knew, to have done something nefarious After experiencing how banks think about their customers, talk about their customers, and screw the people most in need with higher interest, maliciously so, I probably have sympathy for guys like Dillinger and Sutton than I should I ve always had an adage to get away from untrustworthy people and I couldn t leave the banking business fast enough On a moral scale I m not sure much than a sheet of paper with a financing degree separates most bankers from a bank robber Watching my father deal with banks, especially through the 1980s farming crisis, I learned pretty quickly there are no rules The friendly grin you see one day from a banker can turn into a shark smile the next day Believe me, there are reasons why the banking industry is heavily regulated and I can assure you they spend a lot of time trying to figure out ways to bend the rules to their advantage I didn t experience finance on the epic scale that is Wall Street, but what I observed on the smaller scale made it pretty easy to project what was going on further up the food chain If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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    The novel begins with Sutton s release from Attica and nostalgically follows this notorious bank robber s career through flashbacks Though I m not related, I d heard of Slick Willie The Actor Sutton most of my life Moehringer s account makes it clear just how famous Sutton was and why he d earned a place in the folklore of bank robbers I don t think the novel stretches any of the previous interpretations of Sutton s life, but it was an easy and fun read.

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    The sound of men in cages nothing can compare with it.I read this line, within the first twenty pages of J.R Moehringer s Sutton, on the streetcar I had been given the book by a colleague and had no real expectations It was a book about a real life criminal, notorious for his bank robberies and ability to escape high security prisons But, like they say, love finds you when you least expect it And, I can assure you, that is exactly how it happened.First, to address my previous statement, I was wrong about the criminal stereotyping William Francis Sutton was, by definition, a criminal But he was also a lover of literature, a swell gardener, a loyal friend and a painstakingly devoted romantic Known for his polite and charming persona, Sutton s crimes were never violent More than a criminal, Willie Sutton was a modern day Robin Hood.So when I read this line, I knew, J.R Moehringer was going to make me love this man And love him, I did Though Sutton is a fictional story, it is based very accurately on historical events Willie Sutton did grow up in the Irish slums, and did hold a severe resentment for the banks that swam in cash while the public starved He did get arrested repeatedly, and subsequently escaped prison repeatedly He was released from prison for the last time on Christmas Eve at the age of 68 He proceeded to write two memoirs, both of which contradicted the other, leaving so much room for the imagination to fill in the gaps And I must admit, I am so glad that this is exactly what J.R Moehringer did.Upon his release from prison, Sutton was forced to drive around New York with a reporter, taking him to all the scenes of his life s most significant moments Moehringer frames the story of Willie s life with this trip New York comes alive in Moehringer s vivid descriptions of the concrete jungle during the whole of the 1900 s I was captivated But than this, I was moved.Moehringer s depiction of Willie Sutton was a force, from the narrative voice he is given, to his poetic thought and his astoundingly passionate love for the woman who lead him into a life of crime, Bess Endner Willie s story is not just one of money it is primarily a story of love.An entire world exists in the pages of this book One that has dug deep into my heart and burrowed there The amount of feeling that this novel evoked from me is a pure testiment to the raw talent that is scribed within these pages I proceeded to read everything I could on this book, Willie Sutton, and J.R Moehringer I will go as far as saying that Moehringer s Willie Sutton is one of the most wonderful literary characters that I have ever encountered.One last quote to leave you with, because the writing in this novel was so beautiful, I could feel it in my bones Sadly, my favourite lines would reveal spoilers, so you ll just have to read the book for yourself He never realized until now that ribs are nothing but bars made of bone, and the heart is just a scared prisoner pleading to get out.And if you have the time, please listen to the amazing speech that J.R Moehringer did at BEA this year I listened to it three times in a span of eight hours Oh, and read this book And be prepared to want to start it all over again once you finish.

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    I m going to write the author an extended thank you letter for this book It has opened up and fleshed out a childhood question that has intrigued me since I was old enough to read The author already established himself as one of my favorite writers with his memoir, The Tender Bar Reading Sutton cemented this feeling for me It is a deeply affecting, highly entertaining book.Sutton reconstructs the story of folk hero bank robber Willie Sutton in a really creative way after Sutton s release from Prison in 1969, he takes a reporter and a photographer on an exclusive chronological journey through his old haunts As they visit the five boroughs of New York City the newspapermen begin to get glimpses of the man behind the myth or do they Sutton is an intriguing character, beautifully drawn here A product of a keen intellect and one of the hardest stretches of Twentieth Century American History His story is the story of rising disillusionment and corruption and the mental gymnastics needed to survive Sutton moves through a succession of impossible situations beginning with a brutal childhood, with the grace of a philosopher or a prizefighter , buoyed along by his love of knowledge and the pursuit of the love of his life He finds there is one thing he does really well The fact that it isn t legal has a basically very moral man jumping through hoops to convince himself that his life has meaning and is justified, much as we all do Sutton s life was just writ on a larger stage than most of us will ever tread upon.Moehringer s portrait of the slums of Irish Town, Brooklyn in the first decades of the last century is so resonant with sensory elements, I could smell the streets His description of the elation of a released convict slipping off the prison garb and putting on his release suit, is worth the price of the book alone For any student of the criminal component of American Culture and the achievements of the heart rising above its surroundings, this novel should be considered part of the canon.

  5. says:

    This book is amazing You keep thinking about it even after you stop reading it The ending is such a shock and makes you rethink the entire book Absolutely adored this book.

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    I read Moehringer s A Tender Bar after being impressed by the Agassi bio Open I loved A Tender Bar On the basis of that, I got hold of Sutton I read two pages and raved to all who would listen Moehringer is a great writer of sentences and paragraphs But perhaps there is good reason he hasn t attempted a novel before this the structure of this book was a letdown.Yes, it is a clever device to have Sutton drive around with the journos and retelling his past bit by bit The problem is that the flashback device makes it harder for the reader to become as invested in the character and his fortunes as it would ve been had the story unfolded without the flashback framework.This issue could ve been mitigated had the two story strands melded inventively or meaningfully at the end To my mind, they didn t Also, what is arguably the key scene in the book, where Sutton goes to meet Bess or her descendants, didn t take me along on the journey Sutton s strange confusion at this point left me confused, not enlightened.And the last chapter, which one supposes was meant to be in some way a commentary or key to what had gone before, seemed a bit pointless and tacked on.I m eager to read Moehringer s next book He s that good a writer This book, however, was a disappointment Maybe Moehringer was too respectful of history, too much of a journalist and not enough of a novelist.

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    Such a great read I loved this one I would not have come across it if it wasn t for my book club It was such an interesting character sketch of a real criminal, Will Sutton The author did a great job in scene setting and getting you immediately engrossed into the story I loved the dual timelines, it was presented in such an interesting and effective way I found myself caring for the MC despite his criminal life and the ending was fantastic.

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    Sutton by J.R Moehringer is a work of fiction but the protagonist, Willie Sutton actually existed Willie Sutton or William Francis Sutton, Jr was a prolific American bank robber who during his forty year criminal career stole an estimated 2 million, and spent than half of his adult life in prison and escaped three times He robbed banks in different disguises and got the nickname Willie the Actor He also gained another nickname Slick Willie and to know the story behind this name you got to read the book And if the story in the book is actually true I do not want to think about it It was yuck People in the early twentieth century hated banks and loved Willie for robbing these blood sucking banks He was a hero among the American population and police officers liked to pose with him for photographs When Sutton was interviewed by a reporter and was asked why he robbed, Sutton replied Because that s where the money is This quote went on to evolve into the Sutton s law which is taught in medical schools to suggest to medical students that they might best order tests in that sequence which is most likely to result in a quick diagnosis, hence treatment, while minimizing unnecessary costs.But, what is astonishing is that Willie confessed that he never said it He said that if some one had asked him, he would have answered the same as it was obvious But, in real he never mentioned anything like this He says that it just came up somewhere and the reporter just filled it in his copy It appeared one day and then it was everywhere You can read about Sutton hereAnd Sutton Law hereAnd you can watch the author talk about Sutton and this book hereThese are just few sources, there are many other articles on this interesting bank robber on the internet Book CoverIsn t the cover beautiful well, we don t get this The cover available in India is a different one which I don t like much It shows Sutton holding a pistol which does not really goes with his character because he never killed a single person during his criminal life when he robbed the banks in real life too not only in the book PlotThe story is the retelling of America s one of the most notorious bank robbers This book tells his journey from the Irish slums of Brooklyn where he was born and how he ended up becoming one of FBI s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives in fact the FBI site still has him listed in famous cases of history.The book is written in two parts one part is in present where Sutton after being released from Attica State Prison has to spend an entire day with a reporter and a photographer for a newspaper article Sutton takes the two through his major life events in a chronological order at different places in and near New York.The second part is in past where Sutton narrates his life encounters to the readers The story he tells to readers and to the reporter and the photographer are sometimes the same and sometimes different When is Willie telling the truth in the past or in the present Well, as a reader, you decide because Sutton is one unreliable narrator.CharactersAfter reading this book, Willie Sutton goes to my favorite characters list A bank robber who is a voracious reader and is a die hard romantic can any character beat that How can one not like him Also, he is a criminal, a bank robber but as a reader you still vouch for him all the time If you forget the fact that he is a bank robber he is such an amazing character he never hurts any one, never takes revenge on people who cross him or hurt him If he befriends any one, he is a friend for a lifetime In his teens he falls in love with a girl and loves her till his very last breath Sum this all up and you get a real hero Even if you keep in mind that he is a bank robber, well, you still will not be able to dislike him.He has a good humor and is highly intelligent all in all a wonderful character with whom you will easily fall in love with.What I likeThe character, the story, the pace of the book, the writing together make it a great piece of work J.R Moehringer is a Pulitzer Prize winner and his writing and story narration will make it difficult for you to put this book down.The book is a fantastic read throughout but the last few chapters unfold in a way that leaves you in a shock and you are left unsure what and who to believe It s up to the readers to decide what they want to deduce.There are some amazing quotes in this book and I have got most of this book highlighted Since there are so many, I have shared the quotes in a different post here.What I did not likeI did not dislike any thing in this book, yes the last few chapters left me thinking and I was like what I was confused that do I still love this book or not But, after gathering my thoughts, I would say I ended up loving this book even And this is a sign of a book good book that when you finish it you sit thinking about it for few minutes, hours or days and this book does that.My final thoughts on the bookAn extraordinary work of fiction about a non fiction protagonist that makes you laugh, makes you sad and in the end leaves you thinking about this book and Willie Sutton for days.I cannot recommend this book enough and this is one of the best books I have read this year Read this and my other book reviews at www.book choose.com

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    Remember how I fussed and fumed over The Movement of Stars and how a completely fictional romance was shoehorned into a real person s life, presumably to make it interesting And how I complained that whenever the protagonist is a woman, it seems like there has to be a grand romantic sub plot, but when the protagonists are men, it doesn t I take it back I lied Here is a book, about a man, written by a man, that does the EXACT SAME THING.J.R Moehringer got the idea for the novel while wanting to write a non fiction book about how evil modern banks are But he went this route instead Willie Sutton was a gentleman bankrobber whose career spanned the 20s through the 50s, included 3 jailbreaks, and caused him to be somewhat of a folk hero Overall, a good subject for a novel And I saw an interview with the author where he talked about the importance of following history, just filling in the gaps, that he thinks this is what historical fiction readers want to experience He said this is what he did no CHANGING history, just following it and adding his own imagination where no evidence exists.Woe, WOE to authors who make those promises and then don t follow through A good historical fiction will make me look up the subject, and then I will KNOW what you did and did not do So as I said at the beginning, this book takes and runs with the idea that a girl Willie met early on Bess Endner is the grand love of his life and that his whole life of crime somehow revolves around her and his love for her This is not a spoiler, it becomes evident very early in the book Almost unmentioned go his two real life wives and his real life daughterless than a paragraph is devoted in total to the three of them Moehringer s determination to give Willie Sutton an Anakin Skywalkeresque I did it all for love character arc means it s all Bess Bess Bess, all the time Never mind that in my opinion, it would have been way interesting to see a career criminal s interactions with his REAL wives, his REAL daughter, as opposed to some fakey relationship fakey in that there s no historical evidence that Moehringer s hypothesis is true, and fakey in that even in the novelverse the romance barely passes the 1 4 of the way mark before it s all just remembrances Because we re so focused on that, we see very little of Willie s life we don t even get a good walkthrough of any of his famous bank heists Usually I complain of too little going on in characters heads, but this is the opposite we spend so much time in Willie s head we don t get to see his life.Also, whatever you do, view spoiler don t get interested enough in Bess Endner that you google her and find a PDF of a contemporaneous NYT article that gives away the ENTIRE FREAKING ENDING The whole, ludicrous, WTF this is on a par with chimpanzee Lincoln from Tim Burton s Planet of the Apes ending hide spoiler

  10. says:

    mi a placut cartea, m a tinut acolo , imi place cum scrie Moehringerpacat de final, m a bagat in ceata si a sters ceva din frumusetea cartii.

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