Jersey Boy


by Adeyinka Makinde



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/2/2010

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 275
ISBN : 9781450206389
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 274
ISBN : 9781450206396
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 274
ISBN : 9781450206372

About the Book

FINALLY, THE TRUE STORY of the Mafia’s execution of Jersey City legend Frankie DePaula can be told:

-Was his world title bout with Bob Foster fixed by the Mob?
-Did the Mob kill Pat Amato, his first manager, in order to pave the way for him to sign with their front man Gary Garafola?
-How did he come to be involved in a notorious heist of $80,000 worth of electrolytic copper?
-Was his dalliance with the step-daughter of a high-ranking mobster the reason for his shooting?
-Or did the Mob kill him for giving up information on their involvement in the copper theft?

Although Frankie appeared to some to be a true life exemplar of a character from Dead End; a wild and unreconstructed deviant headed for disaster, his life is set against the backdrop of the oftentimes dysfunctional environs of Jersey City, for long the seat of power of an administration dominated for decades by Mayoral potentate Frank Hague and maligned by the corruption of local politicians and the increasing influence of organized crime.


“The author tells it like it was...Anyone who was around boxing in those days or has any knowledge of what the sport was like in the 1960s and early 1970s should read this book. It’s worth every penny.”
---J. Russell Peltz, IBHOF inductee and noted Boxing Historian & Archivist

"A brilliant biography...Makinde brings it all to life through meticulous research, painstaking chapter notes and a smooth, lyrical writing style."
---Murray Greig, The Edmonton Sun

"It's a cracking read"
---Steve Bunce, BBC Radio London Boxing Hour Show

"Makinde writes in elegant yet precise prose"

"A book worthy of a Hollywood encore"

About the Author

Adeyinka Makinde is Nigerian by birth and based in England. He trained as a barrister and is a lecturer in law at a number of colleges and universities in the United Kingdom. He wrote the well-reviewed biography, Dick Tiger: The Life and Times of a Boxing Immortal, which was published in 2005.