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Wayward Angel: The Full Story Of The Hells Angels Paperback – October 14, 2008
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Until he found himself in reluctant service to the courts, Wethern was the quintessential Angel. Oneof the
A Wayward Angel is a powerful book, a not-for-the-squeamish portrait of the drug scene and the alienation of modern life in late-twentieth-century California. We witness killings, million-dollar drug deals, "picnics" that are nothing short of orgies, and the sometimes bizarre inner workings of the biker club. This is a story uniquely American. And it is a terrifying tale - because it's real.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book really fell apart at the end. Wethern took a wrong turn. Rather than talking at length about the details of his cooperation with authorities, and his feelings about his "ex-brothers" as well as their feelings for him, he spends little time on it. Instead, we are treated to page upon page of trailer park-esque writings between him and his wife. Who cares?
I also believe that the book was not particularly well edited.
Still, this is sort of a landmark writing because it blows a little lustre off the mystique, and there is not a lot out there by ex-insiders that purports to tell any truth. I do recommend "Under and Alone" by William Queen if you want a little more honesty about what it's like "inside."
As for Wethern's being a "rat", the people in question were all criminals to some degree anyway, so why get hung up on that? I do like the brotherhood aspect of OMGs and I am not particularly fond of rats, but there are reasons why George turned. Wethern was not the only one to not live up to the "brotherhood" ideal.
The down side to this book is the completely one sided behavior exhibited by the author towards his "brothers" even before he turns state's evidence against the club. His friend and fellow club member, Zorro, goes out of his way to buy a cabin cruiser for the both of them with his own money and lives with Wethern and his family, yet one night during a passing joke Zorro makes, George, high on PCP, shoots Zorro 7 times with a .45. Zorro ends up FORGIVING George and continues to involve George in club activities after Geroge is kicked out of the club for shooting Zorro. George repays Zorro by beating the handicapped man he himself handicapped when he begins to suspect Zorro of "framing" him and then testifies against him in court and sends him to prison.
Tiny Walters, another fellow Oakland Charter member, rushes over to George's home in the middle of the night when George has a bad trip on LSD.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome book. Took me right back to the 60's. Pairs up great with Dennis McNally's A Long Strange Trip about the Grateful Dead.Published 2 months ago by Russ Hanush
I enjoyed this book, and don't regret reading it, but the author comes out looking like a terrible person. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Donna
George Wethern was a Hells Angel, who was close with Sonny Barger, and an ex-VP of the Oakland Chapter. Read morePublished 9 months ago by MEB*
A good, gritty look at the early days of the Hells Angels. The Hells Angels have been shrouded in secrecy for a long time now and it was very eye opening for me to get a birds eye... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Heather
I believe the title to be misleading. I don't think this is the full story at all. While the book is interesting I just feel cheated. Read morePublished 13 months ago by J. Madden