Bitten by the Tiger

Jack O'Donnell

Pages: 300, case bound
Published: September 2013
ISBN: 978-1-59715-096-5

Jack O’Donnell has written a fascinating account of the rise and fall of New York Governor William Sulzer. O’Donnell’s insights into the workings of Tammany Hall are entertaining and eye-opening.


“A vivid tale. Reads like a thriller. Hard to put down.”

The South Buffalo News


“Bitten By The Tiger is an absorbing, intelligent, and sometimes startling account of a vanished era. The time is long gone but the story offers a unique window into politics. It will appeal to history buffs, and anyone who seeks to under­stand politics today.”

The Front Page Newspaper Group


“Jack O’Donnell’s Bitten By The Tiger is an insightful take on a fascinating, but too-dim­ly understood, character in New York’s rich political history—and it is an even better read. I would expect no less from a political professional of Jack’s caliber. He was an integral part of the team that vaulted me into the United States Senate and that subsequently built the foundation for my successful first term. It is even more revelatory to see him apply that rare acumen to the written page.”

United States Senator Charles E. Schumer, bestselling author of Positively American: Winning Back the Middle Class Majority One Family at a Time


Jack O’Donnell is an expert in New York State politics and government whose extensive experi­ence in politics includes campaigns for former President Bill Clinton, Governors Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson, Senators Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton, numerous statewide and congressional campaigns as well as numerous local campaigns.

In government, O’Donnell served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for United States Senator Chuck Schumer and as Senior Policy Advisor to the New York State Comptroller.

A regular contributor to political programming on both radio and television, Jack’s insights and analysis have appeared in The New York Times, Buffalo News, and other leading media organizations.

He currently serves as Senior Vice President and Director of Communications for Bolton St. Johns, one of New York State’s premier lobby­ing and government relations firms, as well as an adjunct faculty member lecturing on the United States Constitution at Canisius College.

The recipient of a life-saving organ donation, Jack O’Donnell is the founder of Transplant Miracles Foundation, a non-profit organization providing support to transplant recipients and their families (

An honors graduate of Canisius College and the State University of New York at Buf­falo Law School, Mr. O’Donnell and his wife Marina divide their time between Buffalo and New York City.

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