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A reporter for the Toronto Globe and Mail here examines the history and status quo of various groups of bikers (Hell's Angels are the best known) currently active in the U.S. and Canada. Lavigne describes--in overtly sensationalistic fashion--the media sensationalism that surrounds (and for a time succored) outlaw bikers, alleging that present-day gangs (Hell's Angels, Outlaws, Pagans, Bandidos) rival, and even surpass, traditional organized crime mobs in terms of revenues, organization and ruthlessness. While certain sections of the book (deep history, inter-gang feuding, an in-depth portrayal of the multiple execution of five Montreal Hell's Angels in 1985) do illuminate a relatively inaccessible subculture, the bulk of the volume is an amalgam of turgid prose, luridly violent anecdote and speculative, hyperbolic hypothesis. An assessment of bikers' attitudes toward women is couched in grossly offensive language, while a litany of security systems and weapons arsenals of gang-chapter clubhouses is merely boring.
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I am still in the process of reading this.. I laugh, get suspense and many things cleared up that the media has always had wrong. Great buy.Published 26 days ago by Heather
This was actually a gift for a friend ,it came in excellent shape almost new ! I read the first chapter and for me that was plenty it seemed scattered in the way the author was... Read morePublished 4 months ago by kelly
Love that this book is a history lesson of the wars and how HA came to be. Not done rreading yet,but loving each page as I move forward.Published 7 months ago by Stefanie Collins
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I have read this book a number of times and find it most absorbing. I don't agree at all that it's badly written; it's simply a "reporter-ese" rapid fire stream of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Volunteer of America
It always great to read books about the 1% club of the world and the respect between brothers and the Club,Published 18 months ago by Chris van Zyl