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John William Tuohy is a writer who lives in Washington DC. He holds an MFA in writing from Lindenwood University.
He is the author of No Time to Say Goodbye: Memoirs of a Life in Foster Care and Short Stories from a Small Town. He is also the author of numerous non-fiction on the history of organized crime including the ground break biography of bootlegger Roger Tuohy "When Capone's Mob Murdered Touhy" and "Guns and Glamour: A History of Organized Crime in Chicago."

His non-fiction crime short stories have appeared in The New Criminologist, American Mafia and other publications. John won the City of Chicago's Celtic Playfest for his work The Hannigan's of Beverly, and his short story fiction work, Karma Finds Franny Glass, appeared in AdmitTwo Magazine in October of 2008.

His play, Cyberdate.Com, was chosen for a public performance at the Actors Chapel in Manhattan in February of 2007 as part of the groups Reading Series for New York project. In June of 2008, the play won the Virginia Theater of The First Amendment Award for best new play.
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This is a book of short stories taken from the things I saw and heard in my childhood in the factory town of Ansonia in southwestern Connecticut.

Most of these stories, or as true as I recall them because I witnessed these events many years ago through the eyes of child and are retold to you now with the pen and hindsight of an older man. The only exception is the story Beat Time which is based on the disappearance of Beat poet Lew Welch. Decades before I knew who Welch was, I was told that he had made his from California to New Haven, Connecticut, where was an alcoholic living in a mission. The notion fascinated me and I filed it away but never forgot it.     

The collected stories are loosely modeled around Joyce’s novel, Dubliners (I also borrowed from the novels character and place names. Ivy Day, my character in “Local Orphan is Hero” is also the name of chapter in Dubliners, etc.) and like Joyce I wanted to write about my people, the people I knew as a child, the working class in small town America and I wanted to give a complete view of them as well. As a result the stories are about the divorced, Gays, black people, the working poor, the middle class, the lost and the found, the contented and the discontented.

Conversely many of the stories in this book are about starting life over again as a result of suicide (The Hanging Party, Small Town Tragedy, Beat Time) or from a near death experience (Anna Bell Lee and the Charge of the Light Brigade, A Brief Summer) and natural occurring death. (The Best Laid Plans, The Winter Years, Balanced and Serene)

With the exception of Jesus Loves Shaqunda, in each story there is a rebirth from the death. (Shaqunda is reported as having died of pneumonia in The Winter Years)
Sal, the desperate and depressed divorcee in Things Change, changes his life in Lunch Hour when asks the waitress for a date and she accepts. (Which we learn in Closing Time, the last story in the book) In The Arranged Time, Thisby is given the option of change and whether she takes it or, we don’t know. The death of Greta’s husband in A Matter of Time has led her to the diner and into the waiting arms of the outgoing and loveable Gabe.

Although the book is based on three sets of time (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and the diner is opened in the early morning and closed at night, time stands still inside the Diner. The hour on the big clock on the wall never changes time and much like my memories of that place, everything remains the same.


And here's some other books I wrote........ 

Photographs I’ve taken
I vacation each summer in my home state of Connecticut and I thought that I had been through every town in Connecticut (There are 250 in total) but what a delight to discover Groton Long Point on the eastern end of the state on the coast where Long Island finally ends and the Atlantic pours onto the coast line. Plum Island (which is part of New York) is just off the beach, perhaps a half mile away. Fishers Island, where my father was posted at the start of the war, is even closer. We had rented a house in Mystic for several summers and as beautiful as that was, it doesn't hold up to the Groton Waterfront.

MISH MOSH..........................................

Mish Mash: noun \ˈmish-ˌmash, -ˌmäsh\ A : hodgepodge, jumble “The painting was just a mishmash of colors and abstract shapes as far as we could tell. Origin Middle English & Yiddish; Middle English mysse masche, perhaps reduplication of mash mash; Yiddish mish-mash, perhaps reduplication of mishn to mix. First Known Use: 15th century
Walking on ice. The Netherlands, 1919.



“I know nothing, I didn't see anything, I wasn't there, and if I was there, I was asleep.”
 Mob dictum

"This life of ours, this is a wonderful life. If you can get through life like this and get away with it, hey, that's great. But its very, very unpredictable. There's so many ways you can screw it up."  Paul Castellano

"I never lie to any man because I don't fear anyone. The only time you lie is when you are afraid." John Gotti

"Murders came with smiles, shooting people was no big deal for us Goodfellas." Henry Hill

"I was never able to leave home without my bodyguard.   He has been with me constantly for two years. I have never been convicted of a crime, never, nor have I ever directed anyone else to commit a crime.   I don't pose as a plaster saint, but I never killed anyone.   And I am known all over the world as a millionaire gorilla." Al Capone

"I haven't had any peace of mind . . . it's a tough life . . ." Al Capone

"Once in the racket you are always in it, it seems," Al Capone

"The parasites will trail you begging for money and favors and you can never get away from them no matter where you go.   I have a wife and a boy who is eleven--a lad I idolize--and a beautiful home in Florida.   If I could go there and forget it all I would be the happiest man in the world.   I want peace and I will live and let live.   I'm tired of gang murders and gang shootings . . . it's a tough life to lead.  You fear death every moment and, worse than death, you fear the rats of the game who would run around and tell the police if you don't constantly satisfy them with money and favors." Al Capone

"Newspapers and newspapermen should be busy suppressing rackets and not supporting them.  It does not become me of all persons to say that, but I believe it." On the death of newsman Jake Lingle Al Capone

"Well, I'm on my way to do eleven years. I've got to do it, that's all. I'm not sore at anybody. Some people are lucky. I wasn't. There was too much overhead in my business anyhow, paying off all the time and replacing trucks and breweries. They ought to make it legitimate. If it was legitimate, you certainly wouldn't want anything to do with it," Al Capone

“Vote early and vote often” Al Capone

“You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot farther with a smile and a gun.” Al Capone

“I've been accused of every death except the casualty list of the World War. “ Al Capone

(Protesting IRS claiming of unpaid back tax] They can't collect legal taxes from illegal money.
“I don't even know what street Canada is on” Al Capone

“You can get more with a nice word and a gun than you can with a nice word.” Al Capone

“When I sell liquor, it's called bootlegging; when my patrons serve it on Lake Shore Drive, it's called hospitality.” Al Capone

"You know, lady, I'd rather the newspapers wouldn't print a line about me. That's the way I feel.  No brass band for me.  There's a lot of grief attached to the limelight.  Say, if I was just plain Izzy Polatski, living in Chicago, I'd not stand out in the gutter trying to get a peek at Capone.   I'd attend to my business and let him attend to his; no use making a laughingstock of the city . . . All I ever did was supply a demand that was pretty popular.   Why, the very guys that make my trade good are the ones that yell the loudest about me . . . They talk about me not being on the legitimate.   Why, lady, nobody's on the legit when it comes down to cases; you know that . . . “ Al Capone

“If people did not want beer and wouldn't drink it, a fellow would be crazy for going around trying to sell it.   I've seen gambling houses, too, in my travels, you understand, and I never saw anyone point a gun at a man and make him go in.   I never heard of anyone being forced to go to a place to have some fun." Al Capone

"My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way."-Al Capone

"This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we seize it with both hands and make the most of it." Al Capone

 "You can get a lot more done with a kind word and a gun, than with a kind word alone." Al Capone

"When I sell liquor, it's called bootlegging; when my patrons serve it on Lake Shore Drive, it's called hospitality"- Al Capone

"Sure, and some of our best judges use my stuff." Al Capone when asked if he was a bootlegger

"They call Al Capone a bootlegger. Yes, it's bootlegging while it's on the trucks, but when your host at the club, in the locker room, or on the Gold Coast hands it to you on a silver tray, it's hospitality." Al Capone

"All I ever did was sell beer and whiskey to our best people. All I ever did was to supply a demand that was pretty popular." Al Capone

"Public service is my motto. Ninety percent of the people of Cook County drink and gamble and my offense has been to furnish them with those amusements. My booze has been good and my games on the square." Al Capone

"Today I got a letter from a woman in England. Even over there I'm known as a gorilla. She offered to pay my passage to London if I'd kill some neighbors she's been having a quarrel with." Al Capone

"They've hung everything on me except the Chicago fire." Al Capone

"Every time a boy falls off a tricycle, every time a black cat has gray kittens, every time someone stubs a toe, every time there's a murder or a fire or the marines land in Nicaragua, the police and the newspapers holler 'get Capone.' "

"I deny absolutely that I am responsible." Capone on the stock market crash of 1929

"I got nothing against the honest cop on the beat. You just have them transferred someplace where they can't do you any harm. But don't ever talk to me about the honor of police captains or judges. If they couldn't be bought they wouldn't have the job."
Al Capone

"A crook is a crook, and there's something healthy about his frankness in the matter. But any guy who pretends he is enforcing the law and steals on his authority is a swell snake. The worst type of these punks is the big politician. You can only get a little of his time because he spends so much time covering up that no one will know that he is a thief. A hard-working crook will-and can-get those birds by the dozen, but right down in his heart he won't depend on them-hates the sight of them." Al Capone

On loyalty: "Nobody's on the legit. Your brother or your father gets in a jam. What do you do? Do you sit back and let him go over the road without trying to help him? You'd be a yellow dog if you did. Nobody's really on the legit when it comes down to cases." Al Capone

"I don't want to die. Especially I don't want to die in the street, punctured by machine gun fire. That's the reason I've asked for peace. I've begged those fellows to put away their pistols and talk sense. They've all got families, too. I know I've tried since the first pistol was drawn in this fight to show them that there's enough business for all of us without killing each other like animals in the street. Competition needn't be a matter of murder, anyway. But they don't see it." Al Capone

I've lost a million and a half on the horses and dice in the last two years. And the funny part is, I still like 'em, and if someone handed me another million I'd put it right in the nose of some horse that looked good to me." Al Capone

Al Capone, when run out of Los Angeles by the police after a few days visit: "I thought that you folks liked tourists. I have a lot of money to spend that I made in Chicago. Whoever heard of anybody being run out of Los Angeles that had money?"

Al Capone, after reading a biography: "I'll have to hand it to Napoleon as the world's greatest racketeer. But I could have wised him up on some things. [His trouble was a swelled head; Elba should have been a warning.] "But he was just like the rest of us. He didn't know when to quit and had to get back in the racket. He simply put himself on the spot."

Al Capone, when he thought he had a deal to spend only 2 1/2 years in jail for tax evasion: "If the United States government thinks it can clean up Chicago by sending me to jail, well, it's all right with me. I guess maybe I owe the government this stretch in jail, anyway."

"You can say what you want about Al Capone. If people were desperate and needed help, he was there to help them. As long as you were on the up-and-up. He didn't expect anything in return and he never expected you to pay him back." By a lifelong Chicago resident of Italian extraction who was 16 in 1927:

"My people thought of Capone as Robin Hood." An Italian -American Chicago police sergeant

"He was no hero to me. He hurt the Italian people." Capone's favorite newspaper photographer, Anthony Berardi

“Al Capone was scrupulous in living up to his bargain. If I had it to do over again I would never ask a more honest partner in any business." Morris Becker, dry cleaner, who enlisted Capone as a partner to fight extortion by the Master Cleaners Association:

"It is not because Capone is different that he takes the imagination; it is because he is so gorgeously and typically American." writer Katherine Geroud

"One hand washes the other...both hands wash the face."-Sam Giancana

"Give me a man who steals a little and I can make money"-Sam Giancana

You see that fucking fish?  If he'd kept his mouth shut, he wouldn'ta got caught." -Sam Giancana

"The first guy that rats gets a belly-full of slugs in the head.  Understand?" Joey Glimco

Let him go. He cheated me fair & square" Tony Accardo referring to a  gambler 

 "'The United States of America versus Anthony Spilotro. 'Now what kind of odds are those?" - Anthony "Tough Tony" Spilotro

“The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes”
Stanley Kubrick

“I decided that if the police couldn't catch the gangsters, I'd create a fellow who could.” Chester Gould quotes  Cartoonist who created Dick Tracy

"No bum talks about a bum."-Carlo Gambino

"Me I never had the chance to say, Well, I'm going to do something I want to do. "I always did if for my family, for my children, for my father, for my mother."-Tommy Gambino

"Mafia is a process, not a thing. Mafia is a form of clan-cooperation to witch it's individual members pledge lifelong loyalty....Friendship, connections, family ties, trust, loyalty, obedience-this was the glue that held us together."-Joe Bonanno

"This life of ours, this is a wonderful life. If you can get through life like this and get away with it, hey that's great. But it's very unpredictable. There's so many ways you can screw it up."-Paul Castellano

"You are no better or worse than anyone else in La Cosa Nostra. You are your own man. You and your father are now equals. Your father, sons, and brothers have no priority. We are all as one, united in blood. Once you become part of this, there is no greater bond." -Thomas DiBella

"We're not children here. The law is-how should I put it? A convenience. Or a convenience for some people, and an inconvenience for other people. Like, take the law that says you can't go into someone else's house...I have a house, so, hey, I like that law. The guy without a house-what's he think of it? Stay out in the rain, schnook. That's what the law means to him..."-Paul Castellano

"There are certain promises you make that are more sacred than anything that happens in a court of law, I don't care how many Bibles you put your hand on. Some of the promises, it's true, you make to young, before you really have an understanding of what they mean. But once you've made those first promises, other promises are called for. And the thing is you can't deny the new ones without betraying the old ones. The promises get bigger, there are more people to be hurt and disappointed if you don't live up to them. Then, at some point, your called upon to make a promise to a dying man." -Paul Castellano

"If the president of the United States, if he's smart, if he needs help, he'd come. I could do a favor for the president..."- Paul Castellano

"There's no such thing as good money or bad money. There's just money"-Charlie "Lucky" Luciano

"If you have a lot of what people want and can't get, then you can supply the demand and shovel in the dough."- Charlie "Lucky" Luciano

 The world is changing and there are new opportunities for those who are ready to join forces with those who are stronger and more experienced. "Charlie "Lucky" Luciano

"Ever since we was kids, we always knew that people can be bought. It was only a question of who did the buyin' and for how much"-Charlie "Lucky" Luciano

"Behind every great fortune, there is a crime!"-Charlie "Lucky" Luciano

 "My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way."-Al Capone

 “I never killed a guy who didn't deserve it” Mickey Cohen

 "Everybody has a price."-Jimmy Hoffa

 "I like to be myself. Misery loves company"-Antonio "Tony Ducks" Corallo

''Let's take a son-in-law, somebody, put them into the (union) office; they got a job. Let's take somebody's daughter, whatever, she's the secretary. Let's staff it with our people . . . And when we say go break this guy's balls . . . they're there, seven o'clock in the morning to break the guy's balls.''-"Tony Ducks" Corallo

"Things change now because there's too much conflict. People do whatever they feel like. They don't train their people no more. There's no more respect."-Aniello Dellacroce

You don't understand Cosa Nostra. Cosa Nostra means the boss is your boss. Boss is the boss is the boss. What I'm trying to say is a boss is a boss. What dose a boss mean in this f___in' thing. You might as well make anybody off the street." -Neil Dellacroce

“When I think of the American Indian I think of their courage, strength, pride, their respect and loyalty toward their brothers. I honor the reverence they share for tradition and life. These traits are hungered for in a society that is unfortunately plagued by those whose only values are self centered and directed at others' expense... -John Gotti

 "He who is deaf, blind & silent, lives a thousand years in peace."-John Gotti

 ''If they don't put us away for one year or two, that's all we need. But if I can get a year run without being interrupted . . . put this thing together where they could never break it, never destroy it. Even if we die, be a good thing.''-John Gotti

 ''You will put the garbage in the cans and make certain that the cans are covered. We got to keep our own backyard clean.''-John Gotti

 "I never lie to any man because I don't fear anyone. The only time you lie is when you are afraid."-John Gotti

 I know where my mistakes are, where I made my mistakes. They're too late to remedy, you know what I mean?"-John Gotti

 "I called your f------ house five times yesterday, now, if you're going to disregard my m----- f------ phone calls, I'll blow you and that f ------ house up . . . This is not a f------ game. My time is valuable. If I ever hear anybody else calls you and you respond within five days, I'll f------ kill you.''-John Gotti

"Three-to-one odds I beat this." -John Gotti

“In Bensonhurst, that was it, becomin' a made guy. It's all we kid's ever talked about...I never saw the other side of it until I in, and then it's too late and you just do your work...-Sammy "The Bull" Gravano

"Never open your mouth, unless you're in the dentist chair"-Sammy "The Bull" Gravano

Murders came with smiles, shooting people was no big deal for us Goodfellas." Henry Hill

"You heard of the double cross? In this business you gotta watch for the triple cross. You gotta always be alert. There's so much jealousy. Guys always trying to set you up, put you in traps. Trying to get ya killed. There was so much viciousness in this thing."-Nick Carmamandi

"Other kids are brought up nice and sent to Harvard and Yale. Me? I was brought up like a mushroom."-Frank Costello

 Don't lie, Tell one lie, then you gotta tell another lie to compound on the first."-Meyer Lansky

"Don't worry, don't worry. Look at the Astors and the Vanderbilts, all those big society people. They were the worst thieves-and now look at them. It's just a matter of time."-Meyer Lansky

 "Goodfellas don't sue GoodFellas, Goodfellas kill GoodFellas."-Salvatore Profaci

 "Always overpay your taxes. That way you'll get a refund."-Meyer Lansky

 "Run from a knife and rush a gun."-Jimmy Hoffa

"According to my best recollection, I don't remember."-Vincent "Jimmy Blue Eyes" Alo

"We only kill each other"-Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel

"I'm no saint, but I swear to you that I'm no bum either."-Frank Cotroni

"Shoot me. But I'm not going to answer any questions."-Venero Benny Eggs" Mangano

"Don't let your tongue be your worst enemy."-John "Sonny" Franzese

''If you're clipping people, I always say, make sure you clip the people around him first. Get them together, 'cause everybody's got a friend. He could be the dirtiest (expletive) in the world, but someone that likes this guy, that's the guy that sneaks you.''-Illario Zannino

Honest people have no ethics-Sam DeCavalcante

“One hand washes the other...both hands wash the face."-Sam Giancana

"Give me a man who steals a little and I can make money"-Sam Giancana

"He's been crazy all his life. He's not just, you know, a little funny. He's really nuts." Anonymous mobster of Giacomo "Fat Jack" DiNorscio

"We're not crazed killers at least I didn't think we were at the time." Philip Leonetti, a Philadelphia underboss turned mob-informant

"Can't anybody shoot that guy so he won't bounce back up?" Dutch Schultz after failing to kill his rival Jack "Legs" Diamond for the umpteenth time

"The bullet hasn't been made that can kill me." Legs Diamond just before he was shot dead

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As the Sandwich Islander believes that the strength and valor of the enemy he kills passes into himself so we gain the strength of the temptation we resist.

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Sharon Olds

After we flew across the country we
got in bed, laid our bodies
delicately together, like maps laid
face to face, East to West, my
San Francisco against your New York, your
Fire Island against my Sonoma, my
New Orleans deep in your Texas, your Idaho
bright on my Great Lakes, my Kansas
burning against your Kansas your Kansas
burning against my Kansas, your Eastern
Standard Time pressing into my
Pacific Time, my Mountain Time
beating against your Central Time, your
sun rising swiftly from the right my
sun rising swiftly from the left your
moon rising slowly from the left my
moon rising slowly from the right until
all four bodies of the sky
burn above us, sealing us together,
all our cities twin cities,
all our states united, one
nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Olds, Sharon (1980). Satan Says. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.
1983 The Dead and the Living, Knopf ISBN 978-0394715636
1987 The Gold Cell, Knopf ISBN 978-0394747705
1987 The Matter of This World, Slow Dancer Press ISBN 978-0950747989
1991 The Sign of Saturn, Secker & Warburg ISBN 978-0436200298
1992 The Father, Secker & Warburg ISBN 978-0679740025
1996 The Wellspring, Knopf ISBN 978-0679765608
1999 Blood, Tin, Straw, Knopf ISBN 978-0375707353
2002 The Unswept Room, Tandem Library ISBN 978-0375709982
2004 Strike Sparks: Selected Poems 1980-2002, Knopf ISBN 978-0375710766
2008 One Secret Thing, Random House ISBN 978-0375711770
2012 Stag's Leap, Knopf ISBN 978-0375712258

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Capone. Torrio. Ricca. Giancana and Accardo. The giant legends of organized crime that led the largest, wealthiest, most powerful, and near completely documented organized crime syndicate in the world. At the height of its power, the Chicago mobs influence extended from Lake Shore Drive to the beaches of Havana, the neon lights of Vegas and the heroin drenched back alleys of Hanoi. The years 1900 through 1959 are largely considered the Golden Age for the Chicago mob. The end came with the accession of Sam “Momo” Giancana to the criminal throne that Big Jim Colosimo had founded. Flashy, arrogant and dangerous, Giancana’s rise to the leadership of the Chicago Mob was paralleled by the federal government’s assault on organized crime. By 1980, the Chicago mob has lost control of the organized labor on a national basis and given up Las Vegas Las Vegas. Virtually every significant Mafia Boss in the country was in jail or under indictment and Sam Giancana was shot dead by his own men. The so-called Golden Age of Chicago Mob had ended. Between 1900 and 1959, fifty-nine years, only seven Bosses led the Chicago Mob. Between 1963 and 2000, thirty-seven years, there were more than nine Bosses in rapid succession. All except one of them…the indomitable Tony Accardo…died in jail or under federal and state indictment. While the Chicago Mob still wields considerable criminal, financial, and political influence, it is a mere shadow of what it once was. With increased pressure from far reaching RICO laws, the constant surveillance of a well-informed and effective federal organized crime task force and increased competition from equally ruthless and ambitious new ethnic mobs, there is little chance it will ever reemerge as the awesome power it once was.


Amazon review: I heard a lot about Chicago mafia and I think it very interesting theme and I read few books but those books were so hard to read (!): small font, a lot of slangs, hard spelling words! But John Tuohy's book not like that!!! It's easy to read(and I'm not saying it written poor or anything), what I mean is for the person who doesn't know much about the mafia world this book is really helps to understand all the details, I would say to see the whole picture!!! This book is really interesting and helpful!
It also has a lot of photographs which makes the book even better!
I wish there would be more writers like John Tuohy who makes the books more interesting and cognitive!

Amazon review: Mr. Tuohy, has out done himself with this prized piece of literary work! Since I'm a Chicagoan, born and raised for 40 years, some of them on the very same streets where some of the Outfit's associates and higher-ups lived, and after the first few pages I'm hooked. His writing style to me is very easy to digest, and his photos are spectacular, either due to it's rarity or the person being photo, alot of these Outfit bosses/hitman didn't like to be photographed, and believe me, they made sure that you knew it. To take the Chicago Outfit and write about the ups and downs the Organization went through during this 100 year time frame is an amazing feat. You get some real good stories, written without an agenda, just to get the information out to the public. A brilliant topic which was handled with care and dignity by Mr.Tuohy, as I'm finding out is the case in ALL OF HIS BOOKS, be they organized crime or based on something else. Get if a try, you'll end up buying more than the one book, betcha you can't read just one!!!
An interesting book about the history of the Chicago mob. It highlights the legends of the Chicago mob in the 1900s. Any fan of the Chicago mob should add this to their collection.


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Recipes we would Die For

The Prohibition in Pictures

The Mob in Pictures

The Mob in Vegas

The Irish American Gangster

Roger Touhy Gangster

Chicago’s Mob Bosses

Chicago Gang Land: It Happened Here

Whacked: One Hundred years of Murder in Gangland

The Mob Across America

Mob Cops, Lawyers and Front Men

Shooting the Mob: Dutch Schultz

Bugsy& His Flamingo: The Testimony of Virginia Hill

After Valachi. Hearings before the US Senate on Organized Crime

Mob Buster: Report of Special Agent Virgil Peterson to the Kefauver Committee (Book support site)

The US Government’s Timeline of Organized Crime (Book support site)

The Kefauver Organized Crime Hearings (Book support site)

Joe Valachi's testimony on the Mafia (Book support site)

Mobsters in the News

Shooting the Mob: Dead Mobsters (Book support site)

The Stolen Years Full Text (Roger Touhy)

Mobsters in Black and White

Mafia Gangsters, Wiseguys and Goodfellas

Whacked: One Hundred Years of Murder and Mayhem in the Chicago Mob (Book support site)

Gangland Gaslight: The Killing of Rosy Rosenthal (Book support site)

The Best of the Mob Files Series (Book support site)

It’s All Greek Mythology to me

Psychologically Relevant

The Rarifieid Tribe

Perfect Behavior

The Upscale Traveler

The Mish Mosh Blog

DC Behind the Monuments

Washington Oddities

When Washington Was Irish

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The Day Nixon Met Elvis
Paperback 46 pages

Theodore Roosevelt: Letters to his Children. 1903-1918
Paperback 194 pages

The Works of Horace
Paperback 174 pages

The Quotable Greeks
Paperback 234 pages

The Quotable Epictetus
Paperback 142 pages

Quo Vadis: A narrative of the time of Nero
Paperback 420 pages

The Porchless Pumpkin: A Halloween Story for Children
A Halloween play for young children. By consent of the author, this play may be performed, at no charge, by educational institutions, neighborhood organizations and other not-for-profit-organizations.
A fun story with a moral
“I believe that Denny O'Day is an American treasure and this little book proves it. Jack is a pumpkin who happens to be very small, by pumpkins standards and as a result he goes unbought in the pumpkin patch on Halloween eve, but at the last moment he is given his chance to prove that just because you're small doesn't mean you can't be brave. Here is the point that I found so wonderful, the book stresses that while size doesn't matter when it comes to courage...ITS OKAY TO BE SCARED....as well. I think children need to hear that, that's its okay to be unsure because life is a ongoing lesson isn't it?”
Paperback: 42 pages

It's Not All Right to be a Foster Kid....no matter what they tell you: Tweet the books contents
Paperback 94 pages

From the Author
I spent my childhood, from age seven through seventeen, in foster care.  Over the course of those ten years, many decent, well-meaning, and concerned people told me, "It's okay to be foster kid."
In saying that, those very good people meant to encourage me, and I appreciated their kindness then, and all these many decades later, I still appreciate their good intentions. But as I was tossed around the foster care system, it began to dawn on me that they were wrong.  It was not all right to be a foster kid.
During my time in the system, I was bounced every eighteen months from three foster homes to an orphanage to a boy's school and to a group home before I left on my own accord at age seventeen.
In the course of my stay in foster care, I was severely beaten in two homes by my "care givers" and separated from my four siblings who were also in care, sometimes only blocks away from where I was living.
I left the system rather than to wait to age out, although the effects of leaving the system without any family, means, or safety net of any kind, were the same as if I had aged out. I lived in poverty for the first part of my life, dropped out of high school, and had continuous problems with the law.
 Today, almost nothing about foster care has changed.  Exactly what happened to me is happening to some other child, somewhere in America, right now.  The system, corrupt, bloated, and inefficient, goes on, unchanging and secretive.
Something has gone wrong in a system that was originally a compassionate social policy built to improve lives but is now a definitive cause in ruining lives.  Due to gross negligence, mismanagement, apathy, and greed, mostly what the foster care system builds are dangerous consequences. Truly, foster care has become our epic national disgrace and a nightmare for those of us who have lived through it.
Yet there is a suspicion among some Americans that foster care costs too much, undermines the work ethic, and is at odds with a satisfying life.  Others see foster care as a part of the welfare system, as legal plunder of the public treasuries.
 None of that is true; in fact, all that sort of thinking does is to blame the victims.  There is not a single child in the system who wants to be there or asked to be there.  Foster kids are in foster care because they had nowhere else to go.  It's that simple.  And believe me, if those kids could get out of the system and be reunited with their parents and lead normal, healthy lives, they would. And if foster care is a sort of legal plunder of the public treasuries, it's not the kids in the system who are doing the plundering.
 We need to end this needless suffering.  We need to end it because it is morally and ethically wrong and because the generations to come will not judge us on the might of our armed forces or our technological advancements or on our fabulous wealth.
 Rather, they will judge us, I am certain, on our compassion for those who are friendless, on our decency to those who have nothing and on our efforts, successful or not, to make our nation and our world a better place.  And if we cannot accomplish those things in the short time allotted to us, then let them say of us "at least they tried."
You can change the tragedy of foster care and here's how to do it.  We have created this book so that almost all of it can be tweeted out by you to the world.  You have the power to improve the lives of those in our society who are least able to defend themselves.  All you need is the will to do it.
 If the American people, as good, decent and generous as they are, knew what was going on in foster care, in their name and with their money, they would stop it.  But, generally speaking, although the public has a vague notion that foster care is a mess, they don't have the complete picture. They are not aware of the human, economic and social cost that the mismanagement of the foster care system puts on our nation.
By tweeting the facts laid out in this work, you can help to change all of that.  You can make a difference.  You can change things for the better.
We can always change the future for a foster kid; to make it better ...you have the power to do that. Speak up (or tweet out) because it's your country.  Don't depend on the "The other guy" to speak up for these kids, because you are the other guy.
We cannot build a future for foster children, but we can build foster children for the future and the time to start that change is today.

No time to say Goodbye: Memoirs of a life in foster 
Paperbook 440 Books

On the Waterfront: The Making of a Great American Film
Paperback: 416 pages


Scotish Ghost Stories
Paperback 186 pages

The Book of funny odd and interesting things people say
Paperback: 278 pages

The Wee Book of Irish Jokes

Perfect Behavior: A guide for Ladies and Gentlemen in all Social Crises


You Don’t Need a Weatherman. Underground 1969
Paperback 122 pages

Baby Boomers Guide to the Beatles Songs of the Sixties

Baby Boomers Guide to Songs of the 1960s

The Connecticut Irish
Paper back 140 pages

 The Wee Book of Irish Jokes

The Wee Book of Irish Recipes 

 The Wee Book of the American-Irish Gangsters

 The Wee book of Irish Blessings... 

The Wee Book of the American Irish in Their Own Words

Everything you need to know about St. Patrick
Paperback 26 pages

A Reading Book in Ancient Irish History
Paperback 147pages

The Book of Things Irish

Poets and Dreamer; Stories translated from the Irish
Paperback 158 pages

The History of the Great Irish Famine: Abridged and Illustrated
Paperback 356 pages


The New England Mafia

Wicked Good New England Recipes

The Connecticut Irish
Paper back 140 pages

The Twenty-Fifth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers
Paperback 64 pages

The Life of James Mars
Paperback 54 pages

Stories of Colonial Connecticut
Paperback 116 pages

What they Say in Old New England
Paperback 194 pages


Chicago Organized Crime

The Mob Files: It Happened Here: Places of Note in Chicago gangland 1900-2000

An Illustrated Chronological History of the Chicago Mob. Time Line 1837-2000

Mob Buster: Report of Special Agent Virgil Peterson to the Kefauver Committee

The Mob Files. Guns and Glamour: The Chicago Mob. A History. 1900-2000

Shooting the Mob: Organized crime in photos. Crime Boss Tony Accardo

Shooting the Mob: Organized Crime in Photos: The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre.

The Life and World of Al Capone in Photos

AL CAPONE: The Biography of a Self-Made Man.: Revised from the 0riginal 1930 edition.Over 200 new photographs
Paperback: 340 pages

Whacked. One Hundred Years Murder and Mayhem in the Chicago Outfit
Paperback: 172 pages

Las Vegas Organized Crime
The Mob in Vegas

Bugsy & His Flamingo: The Testimony of Virginia Hill

Testimony by Mobsters Lewis McWillie, Joseph Campisi and Irwin Weiner (The Mob Files Series)

Rattling the Cup on Chicago Crime.
Paperback 264 pages

The Life and Times of Terrible Tommy O’Connor.
Paperback 94 pages

The Mob, Sam Giancana and the overthrow of the Black Policy Racket in Chicago
Paperback 200 pages

When Capone’s Mob Murdered Roger Touhy. In Photos
Paperback 234 pages

Organized Crime in Hollywood
The Mob in Hollywood

The Bioff Scandal
Paperback 54 pages

Organized Crime in New York
Joe Pistone’s war on the mafia

Mob Testimony: Joe Pistone, Michael Scars DiLeonardo, Angelo Lonardo and others

The New York Mafia: The Origins of the New York Mob

The New York Mob: The Bosses

Organized Crime 25 Years after Valachi. Hearings before the US Senate

Shooting the mob: Dutch Schultz

Gangland Gaslight: The Killing of Rosy Rosenthal. (Illustrated)

Early Street Gangs and Gangsters of New York City
Paperback 382 pages

The Russian Mafia in America

The Threat of Russian Organzied Crime
Paperback 192 pages

Organized Crime/General
Best of Mob Stories

Best of Mob Stories Part 2


Mob Recipes to Die For. Meals and Mobsters in Photos

More Mob Recipes to Die For. Meals and Mobs

The New England Mafia

Shooting the mob. Organized crime in photos. Dead Mobsters, Gangsters and Hoods.

The Salerno Report: The Mafia and the Murder of President John F. Kennedy

The Mob Files: Mob Wars. "We only kill each other"

The Mob across America

The US Government’s Time Line of Organzied Crime 1920-1987

Early Street Gangs and Gangsters of New York City: 1800-1919. Illustrated

The Mob Files: Mob Cops, Lawyers and Informants and Fronts

Gangster Quotes: Mobsters in their own words. Illustrated
Paperback: 128 pages

The Book of American-Jewish Gangsters: A Pictorial History.
Paperback: 436 pages

The Mob and the Kennedy Assassination
Paperback 414 pages


The Last Outlaw: The story of Cole Younger, by Himself
Paperback 152 pages

Chicago: A photographic essay.
 Paperback: 200 pages

Boomers on a train: A ten minute play
Paperback 22 pages

Four Short Plays
By John William Tuohy

Four More Short Plays
By John William Tuohy

High and Goodbye: Everybody gets the Timothy Leary they deserve. A full length play
By John William Tuohy

Cyberdate. An Everyday Love Story about Everyday People
By John William Tuohy

The Dutchman's Soliloquy: A one Act Play based on the factual last words of Gangster Dutch Schultz.
By John William Tuohy

Fishbowling on The Last Words of Dutch Schultz: Or William S. Burroughs intersects with Dutch Schultz
Print Length: 57 pages

American Shakespeare: August Wilson in his own words. A One Act Play
By John William Tuohy

She Stoops to Conquer

The Seven Deadly Sins of Gilligan’s Island: A ten minute play
Print Length: 14 pages

OUT OF CONTROL: An Informal History of the Fairfax County Police

McLean Virginia. A short informal history

The Quotable Emerson: Life lessons from the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Over 300 quotes

The Quotable John F. Kennedy

The Quotable Oscar Wilde

The Quotable Machiavelli

The Quotable Confucius: Life Lesson from the Chinese Master

The Quotable Henry David Thoreau

The Quotable Robert F. Kennedy

The Quotable Writer: Writers on the Writers Life

The words of Walt Whitman: An American Poet
Paperback: 162 pages

Gangster Quotes: Mobsters in their own words. Illustrated
Paperback: 128 pages

The Quotable Popes
Paperback 66 pages

The Quotable Kahlil Gibran with Artwork from Kahlil Gibran
Paperback 52 pages
Kahlil Gibran, an artist, poet, and writer was born on January 6, 1883 n the north of modern-day Lebanon and in what was then part of Ottoman Empire. He had no formal schooling in Lebanon. In 1895, the family immigrated to the United States when Kahlil was a young man and settled in South Boston. Gibran enrolled in an art school and was soon a member of the avant-garde community and became especially close to Boston artist, photographer, and publisher Fred Holland Day who encouraged and supported Gibran’s creative projects. An accomplished artist in drawing and watercolor, Kahlil attended art school in Paris from 1908 to 1910, pursuing a symbolist and romantic style. He held his first art exhibition of his drawings in 1904 in Boston, at Day's studio. It was at this exhibition, that Gibran met Mary Elizabeth Haskell, who ten years his senior. The two formed an important friendship and love affair that lasted the rest of Gibran’s short life. Haskell influenced every aspect of Gibran’s personal life and career. She became his editor when he began to write and ushered his first book into publication in 1918, The Madman, a slim volume of aphorisms and parables written in biblical cadence somewhere between poetry and prose. Gibran died in New York City on April 10, 1931, at the age of 48 from cirrhosis of the liver and tuberculosis.

The Quotable Dorothy Parker
Paperback 86 pages

The Quotable Machiavelli
Paperback 36 pages

The Quotable Greeks
Paperback 230 pages

The Quotabe Oscar Wilde
Paperback 24 pages

The Quotable Helen Keller
Paperback 66 pages

The Art of War: Sun Tzu
Paperback 60 pages

The Quotable Shakespeare
Paperback 54 pages

The Quotable Gorucho Marx
Paperback 46 pages


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