On the Irish Waterfront: The Crusader, the Movie, and the Soul of the Port of New York by James T. Fisher

On the Irish Waterfront: The Crusader, the Movie, and the Soul of the Port of New York

Publisher: Cornell University Press; now available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


9 thoughts on “On the Irish Waterfront: The Crusader, the Movie, and the Soul of the Port of New York by James T. Fisher

  1. It was a great pleasure meeting so many avid waterfront fans and readers May 30 at the Javits Center Book Expo, just steps from some of the hottest historic piers in the Port of New and New Jersey.

  2. James T. Fisher July 8, 2009 — 4:17 am

    Karl Malden, Ave Atque Vale

  3. you are a sexy man…will read the book

  4. What a fascinating life. Is anyone working on a full-length biography of Budd Schulberg?

  5. James T. Fisher August 13, 2009 — 5:12 am

    Carol: there are two film documentary projects devoted to Budd underway; surely there will be a biography too. At this time my new book contains more biographical detail–and more interpretive material–than any other single source.

  6. Jimbo,

    You are the man. Conratulations on your new, well written book.

    Yer pal,


  7. I actually have some questions about this book — particularly the underlying homoerotic themes, as well as the alcoholism of Corridan, which seemed to proceed from his self-absorption and messianic delusions. How are we to deal with this strain of American Irish Catholicism?? Not overtly, certainly.

    I took away from the text Corridan’s thrashing attempts to jump aboard the work of folks who were doing the heavy lifting – heh – against the corruption of the waterfront in NYC. That’s about all. He was a source for a few journalists; other than that, all he seemed to be able to do was to drink and get folks to admire his physical manliness. Kinda confirms my perception that these “muscular” catholics are fighters of the “lemme at ’em” variety, who always seem to be held back by their superiors just at the crucial times.

    Feh. Wasted lives.

  8. Jack: your commentary suggests to me that we are now dealing with such things as these ‘overtly.’ I wrote the book grounded in empirical evidence; followed evidence toward conclusions; imagined others might see the material as opening to treat questions of their own. That’s what you have done and for that I am most grateful.

  9. Thank you, James Fisher for writing this book.
    This is the story of my growing up years. My father worked on the docks first loading ammunition during the war, then as a longshoreman, dock boss on Pier 45 (Grace Line), then as a checker on Pier 59 (U.S. Lines) and finally in Port Newark. We remember the wildcat strikes vividly. I remember my mother “squirreling” away part of each pay check to carry us through the next strike.
    I remember my mother warning us that if anyone called on the phone asking which union our father belonged to we were not to tell. I’m sure my father was part of the regular work gang but my uncle was part of the shape up.
    My father’s parents were Belgium immigrants. He did not have an Irish last name. Our last name was difficult to pronounce so it became shortened to the point that they were called down (NYSA) to prove my father did not have an “alias”.
    The reflections of the men regarding the movie, and the priest are what were recounted in our house.
    My mother’s brother was a Roman Catholic priest who studied at Dunwoodie and was ordained around 1945. Weather or not he had to participate in the grave diggers strike I don’t remember. My priest uncle was an historian and you quote him in your book
    (pages 4 & 5).
    Well done and again thank you for giving me a better prospective of what my parents lived thorough during those years.

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