On the Irish Waterfront reviewed in Library Journal

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The October 1 issue of Library Journal contains the following glowing review of On the Irish Waterfront: The Crusader, the Movie, and the Soul of the Port of New York by James T. Fisher:

“Fisher captures with great clarity and encyclopedic detail the multilayered and fascinating history of the New York-New Jersey waterfront depicted in Elia Kazan’s Oscar-winning 1954 film On the Waterfront. Fisher’s impeccable research delves into the real-life stories behind the characters, particularly Pete Corridan, the crusading Catholic priest who tried to reform the longshoremen’s union and the recently deceased Budd Schulberg, who adapted Malcolm Johnson’s 1949 Pulitzer Prize-winning “Crime on the Waterfront” newspaper series for the screen. Fisher considers every angle of the story astutely and meticulously, setting it well in its mid-20th-century American context. This engaging narrative is essential reading for both labor historians and cinema buffs, plus anyone studying the waterfront, working-class and immigrant history, anticommunism, blacklisting, and the House Un-American Activities Committee.”—Donna L. Davey, NYU Library

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