New 'Whitey' Book hits store shelves Tuesday

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February 19, 2013, 9:25 am

(NECN) - James "Whitey" Bulger continues to make headlines - even as he awaits trial on 19 murder charges.

Dick Lehr, Co-Author of "WHITEY: The Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss", joined "The Morning Show" to discuss the new book, which hit stores on Feb. 19.

Lehr is a professor of journalism at Boston University and a former reporter at the Boston Globe, where he won numerous awards and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for investigative reporting.

According to the book's description, "WHITEY" "is a comprehensive examination of Whitey Bulger, focusing on his formative years, personal life, and dominance of the Boston underworld for 25 years.

"More than reexamine his life on the run, WHITEY digs deep into the mind of Bulger, the crime boss and killer who brought the FBI to its knees--a man who fostered a following with a frightening mix of fear, deadly intimidation.

"Building on their years of reporting and uncovering new Bulger family records, letters, and prison files, Lehr and O'Neill examine and reveal the factors and forces that created the man. It's a deeply rendered portrait of evil that spans nearly a century, taking Whitey from the streets of his boyhood in Southie in the 1940s, to his cell in Alcatraz in the 1950s, to his cunning, corrupt pact with the FBI in the 1970s, and, finally, to Santa Monica, California, where for fifteen years he hid in plain sight as one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted."

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