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Freddie Foreman - The Godfather of British Crime [Kindle Edition]

Freddie Foreman
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To Britain’s criminal underworld, Freddie Foreman is the Godfather. Held responsible for the gangland killings of Ginger Marks and Frank ‘The Mad Axeman’ Mitchell, he was the punisher to those who broke the underworld’s strict code of conduct.

Foreman’s dramatic kidnap and arrest for Britain’s biggest cash robbery made headlines around the world, yet this daring raid was just the peak of a safe-blowing, bank-robbing career that spanned decades. His story is a fascinating, yet chilling account of life as a freelance enforcer for the Kray twins, and as London’s most feared gangster.

Bloodshed aside, Freddie’s often humorous stories reveal a caring man who believes that violence is a last resort and who always treated people with respect. Revealed in these pages are the amazing details of the heists, the double crossings, the shoot-outs and the betrayals that accompanied life as a career criminal when the streets were controlled by fear. Exposed are the audacious plans behind the century’s most famous crimes, the damning evidence of police corruption and the eye-opening events that gave Freddie this most revered reputation.

’The most blood-curdling gangster memoir you’ll ever read’ – The News of the World


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Being a couple of years younger than the author and being a Londoner, I can relate to the circumstances and characters. I too collected sacks of coke for our family fire, hot water and cooking. I can remember gas mantles etc.. I got into mischief but thankfully was able to remain a law abiding citizen. The book is authentic realism, a bit stark and brutal in its graphic detail and very matter of fact in its approach about what life made of people. My first five years of life from 1940 to 1945 we're spent living right next to the London docks where my Father was working in what was called a reserved occupation, keeping ships afloat at sea. Hearing about the various characters in the book and once or twice meeting one or two of them made the book seem very familiar, but slightly uncomfortable too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars When all's said and done ... 31 May 2015
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When gangsters write their memoirs, they always minimise their actions in their criminal enterprises; therefore, according to them a robbery victim `gets a slap' or a `tap' or are spoken to in a firm, no-nonsense way and this book is no exception. Just for the record, they're not. Robbers control their victim by suddenly screaming nonsensical demands at them - if they're lucky. If not, they're stabbed, shot, smashed up with pickaxe handles or have petrol poured over them; that is what armed robbery's all about. And when the victim of an attack is another criminal, then a large lump of justification is provided: `'E deserved it'.

But putting to one side the drivel expressed by some reviewers of these type of books i.e. `women could walk down the street in safety', `old ladies didn't get mugged' etc. this book is cleverly written and although it's necessary to take it with a large pinch of salt, it's reasonably entertaining. The reader may come to the conclusion that Mr. Foreman was `one of the old school', a `blinkin' Gent' or a highly dangerous, volatile criminal but whatever your opinion - with the amount of time he spent in prison, the wrecked relationships, the misery and damage to his victims, sometimes (according to Mr. Foreman) permanent, adding all that together - was it really worth it?
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I found it a bit difficult to finish and like this book, or rather its author and principal character. Goes on about honour in the underworld, but it becomes clear that such has to suit him and his mates of the moment. They're also allowed to dish out summary "justice" whenever it suits them, but its always "out of order" if it comes back on them. Woth reading though, for reasons of insight into that world
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5.0 out of 5 stars Foreman of the gang 6 Oct. 2014
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Although less well-known than the Kray twins, who exploited their formidable reputation to get others to do their dirty work for them, Freddie Foreman was a real hands-on criminal; the charismatic leader of a gang of prolific robbers who made himself wealthy in the process, before his inevitable downfall and retribution. This book is an articulate and fascinating account of his career in crime, and provides valuable background and an alternative viewpoint for many of the key moments in the endlessly intriguing saga of organised crime in the London of the 1960s and later.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written 15 July 2013
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Well written for this genre of books,read many old school villain books this is the best written very interesting stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FREDDIE FOREMAN 26 Sept. 2013
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this book brings home to you how nasty can be for greed and moneyMAKES YOU REALISE WHAT GOES ON BEHIND THE SCENES
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5.0 out of 5 stars Freddie Foreman 16 Sept. 2013
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An interesting read. I read this immediately after peter wilton's book 'Gotcha!' And thought that Freddies account of the matter may have filled in a few blanks. But it didn't really, probably for the best! Enjoyable nonetheless. Off to buy Freddie and lambrianou conversations now
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4.0 out of 5 stars great 14 Sept. 2013
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very interesting read thought it was a bit slow to start off with but the more you read the better it got
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