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Bikin' And Brotherhood: My Journey Paperback – October 10, 2011

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David Charles Spurgeon rode as a full patch member of two motorcycle clubs for over 15 years, the last 11 as an officer in the notorious 1%er club, the Outlaws MC. He retired in 1990. He still enjoys "life on the road" and travels extensively with his wife, and best friend, Susan. Find more information at davidspurgeon.org. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: WestBow Press (October 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449728057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449728052
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Honorably discharged US Army paratrooper. I spent 15 years riding with motorcycle clubs, the last 11 with the American Outlaw Association, a.k.a the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

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By Joe on December 2, 2011
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Very enjoyable read. Exciting, riveting, makes me glad for my "boring" life.
Mr. Spurgeon has my respect for being real and being honorable.
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This is a very well written book that kept my attention throughout. The author shows how his love of motorcycles and the bond of brotherhood carried him through many exciting and troubling events that most will never experience. He shows how easily life can spiral out of control to even the most well-intentioned people. I highly recommend this book!
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This is a gripping, first hand account of a man that lived a through an experience that others only watch movies and hear stories about. There is no doubt in my mind that David Spurgeon has lived through the life he has written about. I've only read the first few chapters and cant wait to read the rest.
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I read this book because I had a curiosity about MCs and the lifesyles of their members. I feel the author did a very good job describing what it takes to be a respected member and how a true 1%er looks at things.

I didn't read any reviews before I read the book and was surprised at the lack of profanity as I was reading, but the final chapters explained that.

After finishing I have to say I respect Mr. Spurgeon's message at the end, and I appreciate the fact that he didn't broach that subject until the end. He makes no apology for his beliefs and does not hide from his past.

A good book and very interesting read if you have a curiosity about this subject. I would imagine it is even more interesting if you ride or are a HD enthusiast. The story gives you what you are looking for, an inside look. I am now compelled to read more books written by other club members. I just ordered Sonny Barger's book Hell's Angel and I can't wait to read it.
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I wish I could give this book 3.5 stars as 4 stars is too generous and 3 stars is a bit too low.

As a biker, this book ticks a lot of boxes in what I look for in a biker book. Foremost, it is a personal tale about one man whose main passion in life is biking and brotherhood. For me, those two things are what life is all about. Mr. Spurgeon takes you on the road with him, and it is a fantastic ride. The book also covers a very important era in outlaw biker history, the 80s and 90s, and it is really great to get the perspective from a man who was there through it all and who had a prominent position in one of the world's most notorious clubs. Spurgeon loves motorcycles; he almost humanizes them. There is a very ernest passion within him for bikes as objects and his quality writing skills really articulate this fact. He was an Outlaw, but not once does he grandstand for the Outlaws or put down other clubs who might be considered enemies of the Outlaws. This was a big plus for me. It shows respect for his club but also for other clubs. I found his storytelling skills to be top notch, and this is a righteous book for bikers and non bikers alike.

However, my main problem with the book comes towards the end where he inexplicably, and within about an hour of a prison church visit, becomes fully born again. His transition to Christianity literally happens within a span of an hour, which baffles me. He walked into church a non-believer, and left the church fully converted? When you read this book you will see what I mean. It's truly bizarre. His acceptance of Christ is so fast and abrupt my brain said "Wait, what?" and I had to reread the previous few paragraphs. A conversion to Christianity is fine.
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By Kinny on January 14, 2012
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When I started reading this book I couldn't wait to tell my husband how good it was. Well, I should have waited because every time I went to pick it up he had it already! I have a relative who was severely injured in a fight with a Motorcycle Club member years ago so this hits close to home. Sometimes I would get pretty angry with this guy but I'm so glad I read it. He was honest with his story but didn't put too much detail in there. If you love riding Harley's than you'll love this book.
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By BigAl on December 22, 2011
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Outstanding firsthand account of one man's search for and journey of Brotherhood. The fast paced life style and dangerous methods, expressed by the author, proved to be his way to salvation. I enjoyed the tales of his daily life with fights, rides, and friends. I'm sure his true devotion to Brotherhood will only make his bonds to his Brothers in Christ that much stronger.
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I think many of the reviews accurately cover this book here. It's a good tale and we all know these books downplay some of the criminal activity but there are some pretty detailed stories inside. It glamorizes the lifestyle like any type of gang member book (motorcycle, mafia, etc.) you read until that lifestyle ends - and it always does. That's why these books aware written - because it's over. The ending was a surprise and personally not a fan of it but he does go on to explain the ending and it made more sense to me than what I had taken from it. Not going to waste your time or ruin for you how the book ends but it did lose one star for me simply because it's like an alcoholic finding something to obsess over instead of alcohol. Still worth every penny. I usually read just before bed with the intent of reading for maybe 15 minutes and yet I banged this on out in a week staying up later than planned. Keeping me awake, for me, is a sign of an interesting book.
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