- Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
- Publisher: Harper Collins; First Thus edition (2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006394949
- ISBN-13: 978-0006394945
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.4 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,069,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hells Angels at War Mass Market Paperback – 2004
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On the down side the book can be tedious. It largly consists of a frank description of events. More of an attempt should have been made to identify the important people and tell their specific stories throught the book. Instead what we tend to get is a constant stream of seemingly unrelated events.
Lavigne's work is extremely detailed. Many names and dates are provided and by page 40, I'm thinking yeah, I get the picture: war, blood, death, arrests, media spins, police incompetence, and so on, yet the info continues for many more pages. His points about the Angels' ruthlessness and how the police botched opportunities to shut the Angels down before they became so strong is mentioned numerous times throughout the book. Newspaper articles and interviews are reprinted when short excerpts would have sufficed.
When Lavigne included 50 pages of excerpts from minutes of Hells Angels meetings near the end of this 458 page book (broken up by a few photos), I groaned at first, but the minutes proved to be hilarious in places. Where else would you find board meetings granting permission for members to send greeting cards to other charters? Although nothing is ever mentioned about criminal activity in the minutes, there is a great deal mentioned about club rules. Clearly, the Hells Angels are better organized (although mired in their own bureaucracy) and smarter than society or the police acknowledge. If you're interested in the gang culture then you'll find the book insightful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my husband and he really enjoyed it. Learned a lot of things about the Hells Angles and he really enjoyed it,Published on August 27, 2013 by Pam
I am only giving this even 2 stars because some of the stories in it are interesting. Enough so that you keep reading the book. Read morePublished on April 1, 2004 by I. Coburn
I am at a loss to guess how you can be a professional journalist when I managed to find several hundred spelling errors, not to mention your utterly dreadfull grammar. Read morePublished on January 8, 2003 by Mr. Albert, H.S. English Teacher
Yves tries yet again to scare the pubic into buying another book. ITs all half-truths and untrue folks to perpetuate the fear started in the 60s was there living in SAN Jose when... Read morePublished on November 17, 2000
Unlike the fellow who didn't like the book above because he didn't understand the big words, I found the book well researched and much better written than the author's previous... Read morePublished on June 27, 2000
Fascinating book that deals with the Canadian and Scandinavian expansion/war, and the general wrold-wide expansion of Hells Angels and its proposed main business --selling drugs. Read morePublished on March 16, 2000
This book is another work by a guy whos never even met any true Hells Angels and still writes from what the rats that disgraced the club tell him. Read morePublished on March 2, 2000 by firstname.lastname@example.org