Two cousins from Boston watch a movie and it gives them the idea to start a hooligan firm for baseball. Watch as Jack and Bobby’s lives get turned upside down as they are forced to test their relationships to see their firm succeed.
The Nation is one goodread that should be in everyone’s bookcase. The story is very well written and I think Ben Bayani does an excellent job of painting a clear picture for the reader. The author’s descriptive style and street talk dialogue makes this an enjoyable and entertaining read. The book focuses on a pair of cousins who live to support their Boston team at any cost. They form a fighting firm and in the process gain national attention through newspaper headlines. These boys put their lives on the line for their team. This story is action packed and stresses the importance of loyalty, trust, and honor. The book is well worth the short time it takes to read. I highly recommend this to any sports fan or Boston natives. I hope to see the sequel in the near future.
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Jack’s mother passed away before he had graduated high school, putting his father into a deep alcoholic depression. His father ended up losing because of this leaving Jack, the oldest brother of three, in a tight bind. He could have gone to college, but he was afraid of how his brothers would get food and other things they needed, not to mention his fathers abuse of the youngest and smartest brother, Jerry. This is where he meets Ray who, for lack of better terms gives him an offer he can’t refuse. He offers him to become a part of an “Irish family” who run rackets, loan sharks, you know the works. As Jack gets older he takes to family business fast and moves through the ranks. He puts his brother Jerry through Harvard and supports his middle brother’s, Tommy, boxing career. As Tommy goes for the title in Madison Sq. Garden, Jack is approached by the Irish family (In representation of the Italian family) from New York and is told to make Tommy throw the fight. Tommy had been training for that day his whole life and Jack wouldn’t allow him to throw it all away. Now because of his disobedience, Jack not only has to watch out for his Irish family, but also the Italians.
I rate this book, on a scale of 1-10, 10/10. I loved this book from beginning to end. Curry really shows the struggles of a family when a disaster hits and how much pressure is put on the oldest brother when both parents are dead. I could put more into the description, but I don’t want to ruin anything. This is my favorite book and the only one I have read more than once.