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Lost Boys of the Bronx: The Oral History of the Ducky Boys Gang
 
 

Lost Boys of the Bronx: The Oral History of the Ducky Boys Gang [Kindle Edition]

James Hannon

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Richard Price, Academy Award nominated screenwriter and mainstream author of The Wanderers says, ""I read through [Lost Boys of the Bronx] in one sitting - It was GREAT!""

Straight from the streets of the mid-1960s Bronx comes a book about one of the borough's most feared gangs - The Ducky Boys. While their unusual name alone might contradict their reputation, in the Norwood/Bainbridge section of the Bronx their appearances provoked an ominous dread. So much so, that when Richard Price needed inspiration for a terrifying gang in his novel (and later movie) The Wanderers, he knew exactly which gang to choose.

Lost Boys of the Bronx tells the story of the Ducky Boys in their own words. It is a story of how a few pre-teen kids in the Botanical Gardens turned into a gang of hundreds - and a gang so alarming that rumors of their arrival would shut down local schools.

This is also a study of the mostly Irish Bronx neighborhood in which the Ducky Boys were born, and where so many of the Ducky kids got caught up in the tumultuous times of the '60s where their fierce loyalty was the only thing that got them through.

This is not your typical gang book. It neither praises nor demonizes the gang for the things they did, but rather simply reports what happened - warts and all. You'll see the truth behind the Ducky Boys' gang - their lives, their loves, their pranks and crimes, and so much more.

To borrow from a particular product's slogan - with a name like the Ducky Boys, you knew they HAD to be tough.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2837 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 145202054X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Authorhouse (10 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M18SI4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #612,374 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Boys of the Bronx 30 Aug 2010
By Patty Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was anxiously awaiting the release of this book after hearing about work on it last year and it did not disappoint.
I loved reading stories about my old neighborhood before it was mine. The same streets and same hangouts, only different people at a different time.
I realized after reading about them and how they looked out for one another that they were not all that different from my own friends.
It brought back so many great memories and made me proud of where I came from.
I think anyone who grew up in the Bronx could identify with this book.
I also enjoyed the recounting of the book project itself, it's origins, the hurdles which had to be overcome, and the author's passion and dedication which finally brought it to fruition.
That passion and dedication make for enjoyable reading with a story which is both genuine and comes from the heart.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Book! 30 Aug 2010
By Bronx Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I laughed and I cried while reading this book...it brought back so many memories of the people I grew-up with in the Bronx. The author does not sugar-coat and tells it like it was...it is an "easy read" and the events in the book flow very nicely. This is a fascinating story that needed to be told. I recommend this book for your personal library. Kudos to Mr. Hannon for taking an honest look at the Ducky Gang and to all the people that participated in the making of this book!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will NOT disappoint! 2 Oct 2010
By Patrick Guglielmo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you are interested in anything Bronx related, you have to pick up this book! An easy read from front to back - throughout the entire book you feel the author's passion for the subject and he easily gets you hooked.

Not only that, but it's impressive how he was able to get so many gang members to open up & discuss their storied past. We're not talking about some Discovery Channel executive paying thousands of dollars to hear some distorted voice on TV who could be Joe from down the block, you get real life accounts from members of the Ducky's gang.

5 Stars!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 5 star review of James Hannon's "Lost Boys of the Bronx..." 13 April 2011
By Michele Feiertag - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Don't you hate it when you read a book or see a movie that is "based on a true story" and you can tell which parts were "Hollywooded," to grab the audiences attention?!?! I know I do. You see, I am the type of person who enjoys non-fiction as opposed to fiction, when the categories are relating to the dramatic, the heroic, the anti-heroic, the mysterious, etc....This is because I believe that (just as in my own life) if any one person's life/any people's lives, are worth taking notice to, especially, if they are deemed book or movie worthy, then they most definitely have enough stories to tell, enough character, enough intrigue about them, enough glory, enough misery, enough depth....that there should be no need for faux dialogues/scenerios, B.S., creative license, expansion of truths, etc...and to do so and/or add "glitz", is way easier in my opinion, than to write honestly, with pure realism & still grab your audiences attention and keep it. Yet, that is exactly, what author, James Hannon, has done here. He stuck to the facts, got rid of the rumors and smoke screens, behind what became legend and still gave a fabulous true portrayal, that kept this reader up way past bedtime saying, "Just one more page. I'll just read one more page...." Go out and get this book!!!!!!!! Also, see James' talent, as a director, for the band "The RiffSurfers" video, for their song "Out From Under," on other popular websites.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended reading 1 Mar 2011
By Elizabeth A. Delaney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I met author James Hannon in an unlikely literary venue. We were appearing as costumed characters at my local comic book shop for a fundraiser to benefit domestic violence victims. We got to talking about books and writing somehow our conversation resulted in him telling me about this book he wrote about the Ducky Boys gang. It seemed like something I'd find curious but not sure how well I'd do actually reading it. I worried that if he gave me a copy, it would be as dry as reading someone's doctoral thesis. I'm happy to report, that it's quite the opposite. LOST BOYS OF THE BRONX is easy reading filled with interviews giving a reader's brain a shift from paragraphs of prose to an upfront transcript style. The written result is what should have been Hannon's filmed documentary. Because of Hannon's resolute hope, he hints that there still may be a full length film from this project some day.

As usual, there was a movie made that I've never seen (as a pop culture reporter somehow I still manage to miss a whole lot of movies and books due to budgetary reasons). According to LOST BOYS OF THE BRONX, the movie THE WANDERERS casts a non-flattering look at the Ducky Boys as more of the "losers" in the Bronx who were not equal to other gangs. Hannon's book doesn't exactly deny that the Duckies weren't as powerful but his tome definitely presents them as more fierce than perhaps they really deserve. By standards of the 21st century, reading the tales of the gangs from the 1970s is actually laughable. They had nowhere near the level of violence and crime that we have today. The Duckies barely had any drug activity at all because one of the leaders was rather anti-drug (or at least what he considered hard drugs) and would lecture the younger kids who were caught dabbling in the scene. They did however have as much cheap beer as they could get their hands on. Besides the eventual acquisition of one handgun near the end of the gang's history, the majority of the the criminal activity seems to have been stealing from an electronics store along with daily mischief in the Ducky Pond tunnels and park.

There are some rather frightening recounts about the child molestors that frequented a particular path of the park. There was a fair amount of prostitution there as well. The kids tried to be regular teens that spent their time snogging in the only area of the neighborhood not covered in concrete and asphalt but there were plenty of perverts that would attempt to watch from behind the trees.

Hannon's second chapter and prologue maps were extremely helpful for reading about a part of New York with which I am completely unfamiliar. He also gives appropriate biographical paragraphs on the Ducky Boys and Girls and the non-Ducky cast that were part of the stories. The only problem I faced while reading through those pages was that the photograph collage captions were in a "spiral" (left to right to down to left into the center) rather than a simple row by row, left to right format.

The funniest story is called The Great Train Robbery (Chapter Ten) where the boys stole the park's tram on more than one occasion. Chapter Nine tells about the various pranks, somewhat harmless all things considering, including stealing the police Vespa scooters. Yet another fantastic story is about how the Duckies' jealousy over not being invited to one of the girl's Sweet Sixteen party lead to a rather commanding show of Duckies lined up on the sidewalks and rooftops around this girl's house just like something that would have been choreographed on a movie set.

If it hadn't been for meeting Hannon in person and getting to know about his passion for writing, I don't think LOST BOYS would ever have come across my desk. I'm glad that it did. He's an inspiring person and extremely friendly. He's often part of panel discussions on the subject of the gangs of New York which I urge you to attend. Aside from reminiscing about the psychotropic 1970s chances are, you'll be educated about this much maligned part of New York City.
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