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Gang of One: One Man's Incredible Battle to Find His Missing Daughter [Paperback]

Gary Mulgrew
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19 July 2012

Shortlisted for the Political Book Awards 2013 International Affairs Book of the Year.

GANG OF ONE is the remarkable true story of one man's journey from a Glasgow orphanage to a notorious gang-infested prison in Texas. Driven by his desire to return to his son in England and haunted by the increasingly frustrating search for his missing daughter, Gary Mulgrew attempts the impossible task of surviving the prison's gang culture.

Told with wit and humanity, GANG OF ONE shows a man constantly confronted by the moral and physical challenges of prison life, where everyone is encouraged to turn their back and 'see nuthin''.

Gary's choice - to walk away and let a man die, or intervene and lose the chance to get home - makes GANG OF ONE a book as unforgettable as it is enthralling.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (19 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444737929
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444737929
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A compelling new account of two blood-splattered years spent at the hands of America's penal system'. (Mail On Sunday)

'An entertaining read'. (Guardian)

'An eye-opening account of US jails...fascinating reading'. (Libby Purves, Midweek, BBC Radio 4)

'Utterly engaging'. (Richard Bacon, BBC Radio 5 Live)

'An absolutely fascinating story... an absolutely cracking read'. (Iain Dale, LBC Book Club)

'Confirms my worst fears about American jails...the real tragedy of this book was the human tragedy'. (Jeff Randall, Sky News)

Mulgrew's combination of personal insight and dark, subversive humour makes his new, autobiographical account of jail, GANG OF ONE a really special read, a kind of prison version of, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. (Catherine Deveny, Herald Magazine)

'An absolute education...a fantastic book'. (Pat Kenny, RTE)

'Anyone who still believes that we should be sending people to American-style jails should read the description of the violent Texas prison in Gary Mulgrew's GANG OF ONE'. (New Statesman)

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You're from Glasgow. You're in a notorious Texas prison. You're on your own. The true story of the man who became a ... Gang of One.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
an unputdownable page turner from start to finish which is a must read for MPs considering whether to amend our extradition laws to the US. as a father of young children this heartbreaking story had me in bits from start to finish. far to close to the bone and makes you think twice about doing business in the US
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gang of One by Gary Mulgrew 13 Feb 2012
By Bella
I read this very quickly because it held my attention from the very beginning. A good page turner. It is quite incredible that not much has changed since the Shawshank Redemption days. That was fiction but Gary`s story is all the more incredible because it is true. A very good read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterley Gripping 11 Feb 2012
I couldn't put Gang of One book down, it was utterley gripping. As the story unfolded and the tension and dread of what was ahead began to mount, I really felt like I was going through those emotions too, walking into Big Spring was terrifying. Gary writes openly about his experiences exposing his own thoughts and emotions throughout his extradition and imprisonment and gives a fascinating insight into this world. He brings to life the characters he meets along the way and manages to find humour in the most despairing of situations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gang of One 22 Mar 2012
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Gang of One is an inspiring and compelling read on a subject that is still all too relevant in todays newspapers.

It is an honest and moving account of a terrible ordeal. The book deals with raw emotional issues and will make you both laugh and cry. The "coping mechanisms" that Gary employed to get him through his time in Big Spring and the preparation beforehand are fascinating. Gary should be proud of how he coped with his situation in both Houston and in Big Spring and came out of the other side of this nightmare, ready to continue his search for Katrina.

I would thoroughly recommend this book and it would be a good "book club" book evoking plenty of discussion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Read 25 Jan 2012
I'm not too often concerned by tales of a convicted criminal, white-collar fraudester or not. Yet this book makes for extremely compelling (and worrying) reading. Mulgrew is disarmingly self-aware and gives real insight into the fears and heart-wrenching trauma of the consequences of being caught up in a prosecution that doesn't seem to match his conduct. I dread to think how many similar tales exist but remain untold. The book's funny and a tear jerker - sometimes at the same time. If you read it, bet you can't put it down (mine was stolen mid-read from me by family desperate to see for themselves what is gripping me so). I only hope we don't have to wait long for the sequel - with the happiest of endings in his finding his precious daughter. I wish him the greatest of luck in that search.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the title 26 Jan 2012
By eddiem
It says it in the title.

This book is not about the Natwest Three as such. It's the story of a Scottish ex-bannker who is chucked into a notorious US 'low security' prison. By 'low security' read 'highly dangerous'. Low level policing allows the gang culture of America's cities to rule. If an inmate doesn't belong to a gang, he is a nobody. A nobody has no protection and no respect - two vital ingredients for basic survival in this environment.

This man believes deeply in his own innocence, and is psychologically in pieces due to his enforced separation from his kids, whilst having to endure the terrifying experience of a US prison.

This book is a window onto the US legal and penal system. Whatever you do in your life, if you can possibly help it, don't get involved with either of them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read 25 Jan 2012
By Leith
As a parent of two young children I found this book a particularly compelling and emotional read - extremely well written and a real page turner. I hope for his daughter's sake he finds her soon. I strongly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Factual reading 23 Mar 2013
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Very interesting book about life in a Texas jail, amongst a bunch of weirdo prisoners and warders in a remote arid part of Texas.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I heard this man speaking on Radio 4 and had to buy the book. I really enjoyed it and would really like the next instalment of what has happened since!
Published 5 months ago by Mrs J Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
This was a great well written book.. it was funny too which I wasn't expecting. Ive read loads of prison books and this is up there with the good ones.. would recommend
Published 7 months ago by Mandy
5.0 out of 5 stars a fantastic book written by a great bloke
An incredibly moving account. I've read this twice now. Absolutely brilliant. Actually had my heart pounding on the second read. Even when I knew what was going to happen.
Published 8 months ago by trawler
3.0 out of 5 stars Blame Others
Too anti USA -our justice system is beset with problems.Gary was quick to put all the blame for his troubles on the USA
Published 10 months ago by coach
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
A true fall from grace for the protagonist taking us to the depths of America's prison system. Most enjoyable read that held my attention to the very last page.
Published 13 months ago by B Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
bad language but amazing story, and i come from Pollok too, so good luck to the lad, very well written
Published 13 months ago by Antony J. Cassidy
4.0 out of 5 stars American nightmare
Very interesting read and helped me understand the US justice system a bit better! It certainly makes you want to avoid the American prison nightmare at all costs!! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very personable account
Reading the inside account of the Natwest 3 written by David Bermingham is a great per-cursor to Gang of One. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Worziscool
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling reading
Compelling reading. Couldn't put the book down. Very strong language on almost every page and as a 'non swearer' I was terrified at what may come out of my mouth while reading this... Read more
Published 19 months ago by S. J. Sharkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I read this book within 5 days, highly addictive and an insightful look into the prison culture and how the US judicial system actually works.
Published 20 months ago by Ms. V. E. Townsend
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