Books by Jimmy Breslin

Born in 1930, Jimmy Breslin is an acclaimed American journalist and author who has worked for the New York Herald Tribune and Newsday, among others. Though he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1986, Breslin is perhaps best known for his ties to the Mafia, cultivated while he worked as an investigative reporter examining members of the Lucchese family and other mobsters. He has also written more than 20 books. His latest book, Branch Rickey, is out this week.


BRANCH RICKEY by Jimmy Breslin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2011

"Quirky, idiosyncratic, oddly balanced and surpassingly entertaining."
This entry in the Penguin Lives series focuses on Branch Rickey's game-changing efforts to bring Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, shattering baseball's race barrier. Read full book review >
THE GOOD RAT by Jimmy Breslin
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Smart and stinging—Breslin in fine form, which means a winner."
Buck up, Sopranos buffs: Tony and the gang may be gone, but Breslin's steely look at mob life in the glory—and gory—days will take some of the sting away. Read full book review >
THE CHURCH THAT FORGOT CHRIST by Jimmy Breslin
NON-FICTION
Released: July 6, 2004

"The authorities will cry foul, but you can bet American Catholics will be reading and discussing Breslin's latest—and justly so."
A searing indictment of the faithful against a church that has failed their faith, with legendary New York newsman Breslin driving the nails into the cathedral door. Read full book review >
I DON’T WANT TO GO TO JAIL by Jimmy Breslin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2001

"A meandering, wonderfully colorful hop-skip-and-a-grunt tour of the Little Italy that tourists wish they could visit, told in Breslin's distinctively snappy, side-of-the-mouth style."
New York's greatest newspaper columnist (Not Exactly What I Had in Mind, 1997, etc.) does another number on da Mob. (You got a problem with that?) Read full book review >
THE SHORT SWEET DREAM OF EDUARDO GUTIÉRREZ by Jimmy Breslin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"A straightforward account of an illegal that comments eloquently on the human cost of globalization."
Legendary newspaper columnist and novelist (I Don't Want to Go to Jail, p. 347, etc.) Breslin's revealing and tragic saga of an illegal Mexican worker who perished in a 1999 New York City construction accident. Read full book review >
I WANT TO THANK MY BRAIN FOR REMEMBERING ME by Jimmy Breslin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 1996

"The Bard of the Boroughs is back with his accustomed wit in a chiaroscuro text that is more felicitous than the awkward title would hint."
Prototypical ink-in-the-veins journalist Breslin (Damon Runyon, 1991; The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight, 1969; etc.) now reports on a matter that concentrated his mind wonderfully, a matter for which his experience never prepared him: the opening of his skull to release an aneurysm. Read full book review >
DAMON RUNYON by Jimmy Breslin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 1991

"Could live forever."
The life of the mythic, wealthy journalist/short-story writer of the Broadway classic Guys and Dolls, told by the legendary, wealthy journalist/novel writer of Table Money, World Without End, Amen, etc. Making some allowances, this book is like Hemingway on Shakespeare. Read full book review >