J.R. Moehringer / Jun 17, 2019

Sutton 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 ca

  • Title: Sutton
  • Author: J.R. Moehringer
  • ISBN: 9781401323141
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 unemploymentWillie 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 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 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, 1969 he immediately set out to find her.Poignant, 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

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      • 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.


    1. ”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, more likable than Legs Diamond, more peaceable than Dutch Schultz, more romantic than Bonnie and Clyde, Sutton saw bank robbery as high art and went about it with an artist’s single-m [...]

    2. 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.

    3. 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 statemen [...]

    4. 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 fr [...]

    5. 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.

    6. 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 th [...]

    7. 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.

    8. 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 more 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 [...]

    9. 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 more 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 wan [...]

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

    11. SUTTONJ. R. MoehringerHaving been a huge fan and thrilled with Mr. Moehringer’s first book which was nonfiction and titled, THE TENDER BAR. I anticipated an exceptional debut novel from Mr. Moehringer.I certainly was not disappointed!Mr. Moehringer is a masterful writer, a gifted story teller and a superb tour guide.Willie “The Actor” Sutton may not be a name easily recognized today, but he became a folk hero for the oppressed Americans of the 20’s and 30’s fed up with the financial an [...]

    12. Sutton is a beautifully written novel that seamlessly blends fact and fiction and sweeps across nearly sixty years of history. The characters aren't exactly moral, but are so well developed that you can't help but cheer for them. Even though Sutton is about a life in crime, it is a surprisingly romantic read. Willie, lover of literature, has the soul of a poet: 'Life's complicated, love isn't. If you need to think about it for one half second, you're not in love'. Much of what he has done in lif [...]

    13. "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 dreams.So began the career of America's most successful b [...]

    14. - Very good storytelling. I must admit I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would.- Moehringer manages to create compelling characters and you do root for them, even though most of them are criminals.- Writing style was pretty decent, but mostly short, fragmented sentences, but they move the prose along nicely.- I did not like the ending, howeverI felt it was a let down when the reader realizes that Sutton's love for Bess was delusional at best, and probably self-invented. I felt it made th [...]

    15. The Good Stuff Was completely enthralled with the story and with Wilie Little hints throughout story grab you throughout the story and keeps you from wanting to put book down. Had a couple of late nights with this one - not to mention a couple of times I really didn't want to go back on the sales floor I was so engrossed Makes you think about so many things - especially about nature vs nurture How can you not love a bank robber who went out of his way not to kill people Need to know more about S [...]

    16. I picked up this book because I'm a J.R. Moehringer fan, due to his moving memoir, "The Tender Bar," and Agassi's autobiography, which remains one of the best sports biographies I've ever read (Moehringer ghost-wrote the memoir, telling Agassi he didn't want credit on the book itself because it was Agassi's story). I was curious how he'd take to writing fiction, though this was more like a non-fiction novel, I suppose. In his introduction, he says that he essentially made up most of the story si [...]

    17. Born on June 30, 1901 Willie “the Actor” Sutton was a notorious bank robber through the early part of the 1900’s. He died on November 02, 1980 after having spent more than half of his adult life in prison. He served time in several different penal institutions and managed dramatic escapes three times. Willie Sutton was a legend stealing more than $2 million during his dubious career. He became legendary mostly due to the fact that he never completed a robbery if a woman screamed or a baby [...]

    18. J R Mohringer has only written 3 books -- his own memoir, a biography of Andre Agassi, and now a fictionalized bio of a 20th center rascal, but he has in this short time become one of my favorite authors. His background as a journalist provides him a punchy enthusiastic style, and his talent for choosing intriguing subjects and fact finding for truth give even this work of fiction the stamp of originality and verisimilitude. Growing up in Brooklyn was tough for Willie Sutton, given that except f [...]

    19. I give very few books a five star rating. Three stars - I liked it. Four stars - I loved it. Five stars - it's either a classic worth reading again or worthy of being a classic. This was one of those books. Well done and so much more than I thought it would be.

    20. First things first: Sutton will be made into a movie. Of that there’s a 100% chance. In fact, I think part of the reason I finished this book so quickly was that I wanted to make that statement before I saw the “Sutton picture under way at Warner Bros!” story flash across my computer screen. It has all the qualities: an intriguing historical figure largely unknown to current generations (Willie Sutton), a charmingly gruff relationship between an old man (Sutton) and a young reporter; a pow [...]

    21. I found this to be an easy and enjoyable read. Willie Sutton the famous bank robber, jail breaker and folk hero is pardoned on Christmas Eve 1969. Upon his release from Attica, his lawyer has made arrangements for him to be interviewed on Christmas Day. Willie decides if the reporter wants his story he's going to have to listen to it the way Willie wants to tell it. He plots out all the key moments in his life on a map of New York City and insists they must be visited in chronological order. The [...]

    22. I've known about many of the "heroic" gangsters like John Dillinger (from my home state of Indiana; my grandmother often told my mother that she thinks they saw Dillinger driving past the park where they were one day), Capone, etc etc. But I don't remember ever hearing about Willie Sutton. It's amazing that I didn't because I was alive and conscious at the time he was released and when he died. I can't imagine our local newspapers didn't mention either one. But, what the hey, I didn't.So this bo [...]

    23. I liked the flashback style utilized as Willie, the reporter, and the photographer follow his chronological map of memories through NY. It reminds me of raptly listening to my grandpa and dad talk about the gangster days, relating street corners and buildings in the city to the “old days” – showing me yellowed pictures and news articles. I don’t remember them mentioning Sutton; maybe our Chicago location influenced their choice of gangsters? The mini-history lesson adds to Sutton’s per [...]

    24. Willie Sutton was the ultimate gentleman bank robber. Although he carried a gun he used it as a prop to convince those he was robbing to do as they were told. With his costumes, his charm and professionalism, he almost made bank robbing seem like a legitimate career. I couldn't help but like him. I'm not the only one; cops and criminals respected him, banks had good reason to fear his intelligence and diligence. Prisons had a hard time holding on to him, he successfully broke out of prison three [...]

    25. I loved this book. Sutton presents a winning and complex portrait of Depression/WWII-era bankrobber Willie Sutton and successfully probes the ideas of American myth-making and individual and cultural memory. The book deftly explores what happens when a man becomes a folk hero as well as "a legend in his own mind" and the relationship between the two: self-conception and public consumption. How much does one impact or shape the other.Sutton is imperfect and I imagine that most qualms will center [...]

    26. This is an interesting blend of historical fiction, fiction and what I call faction (fiction based on non-fiction). The true is that on Christmas Day, 1969, after his release from Attica, Willie Sutton spent the day with a newspaper reporter and photographer, taking them on a tour of his life. Based on that day, the author has written a supposal: what was Sutton thinking when he revisited sites (many of them long gone by 1969)? Moehringer has posited a Sutton who was beat up by his brothers, who [...]

    27. Spicuiri din recenzia finala care se gaseste pe blogul meuDe la o copilărie nefericită, terorizată de familie, trecând pe la întâlnirea cu prieteni potriviți sau nu prea, către marile planuri şi către marile eşecuri, nelăsând deoparte dragostea şi nici suferinţele, Moehringer crează şi reacrează un fir din care tare greu îţi va fi să mai ieşi. Eu una, am stat până dis de dimineaţă ca să îi aflu sfârşitul uşor fantezist şi clar departe de gustul meu. Din fericire, [...]

    28. My Review: Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres when it’s done well— and Mr. Moehringer nailed it. Willie Sutton was one of America’s most notorious bank robbers in the 1920’s and this book brings his soul back to life in a creative, captivating way. More than anything else, I admire the way Mr. Moehringer portrayed Sutton as utterly human- robbing banks for love rather than greed; standing up to (and being beaten down by) a corrupt and broken government system; wrestling with [...]

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