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There are people in the know who say that Barbara Roberts, MD caused the downfall of the New England Mafia. She did this, not by killing someone, or sending someone to jail, but by keeping someone alive, and out of prison, for about a year too long. During this time, Dr. Roberts navigated life in two separate worlds. In the "straight" world, she was a single mother of three, the first woman to practice adult cardiology in Rhode Island, and an active feminist. In the other world she was the physician whose testimony prevented Raymond L. S. Patriarca, the head of the New England Mafia, from having to go to trial, and the secret lover of the alleged #3 man in the New England Mafia, Louis "Baby Shanks" Manocchio.
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"Barbara’s a heart breaker and a rule breaker. From her strict Catholic upbringing to fighting for her place at an elite medical school to standing alongside Gloria Steinem fighting for women’s rights and taking to the streets to fight against the Vietnam War. Her FBI file may only be matched by the men whose lives she would come to save, and whose secrets she would come to keep, as the cardiologist to the head of the New England Mafia. This book has it all so take a life lesson from The Doctor Broad."----Marc Smerling, Emmy Award winner, Outstanding Documentary Series for HBO’s The Jinx, co-producer of hit podcast, Crimetown
"From good Catholic girl to football star’s wife, from heart doctor to national abortion rights activist, from women’s libber to Mafia doctor and mistress, Barbara Roberts has led an improbable life. Roberts takes the reader on a wild ride through her colliding worlds, as The Doctor Broad battles to survive and succeed in a man’s world." ---- Mike Stanton, Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of the New York Times bestseller The Prince of Providence and Unbeaten: Rocky Marciano’s Fight for Perfection in a Crooked World
"Barbara's latest work takes a down and dirty ride through the secretive world of organized crime in the 1980's. Having just finished "VAULT," a film about a mob robbery set in the same city and era, (Providence, Rhode Island, New England's Wild West) I place this book on the must read list!" ---- Tom DeNucci, Filmmaker, Screenwriter, Actor and Director
"I applaud Barbara’s courage in stripping herself bare for the reader. This page-turner of a story will keep you on the edge of your seat, and will teach you valuable lessons about confronting controversy and adversity." ---- Georgia Durante, author of The Company She Keeps
Barbara Hudson Roberts, MD was the first female adult cardiologist in the state of Rhode Island. She graduated from Barnard College and Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. As a resident at Yale New Haven Hospital, she became active in the pro-choice movement, before Roe v Wade made abortion legal. She helped found the Women’s National Abortion Action Coalition (WONAAC) and was the keynote speaker at the first national pro-choice demonstration in Washington DC in November 1971. She also was active in the anti-Vietnam War movement, and spoke at the last mass anti-war demonstration on the grounds of the Washington Monument on the day of Nixon’s inauguration in 1973. She was a staff physician at Planned Parenthood for many years, and continues on the voluntary faculty at Brown where she is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine.
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The Doctor Broad: A Mafia Love Story releases on September 3, 2019.