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Thugs, Mugs and Violence [Paperback]

Jamie O'Keefe
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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: New Breed Publishing (Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0951756788
  • ISBN-13: 978-0951756782
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 894,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Crime classic - from the wrong side of the street to Mr Good Guy - a rollercoaster ride of emotion, highs and lows. Bloody brilliant insight into a real-life tough guy - a hard-hitting story with a happy ending. This book confirms the old saying thatr real `tough guys dont hurt women or pick on kids` A bible for the CHAV generation - they read and learn from the great man Jamie O` Keefe...

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars English Rocky 29 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
Bloody brilliant.

Crime classic - from the wrong side of the street to Mr Good Guy - a rollercoaster ride of emotion, highs and lows.

Bloody brilliant insight into a real-life tough guy - a hard-hitting story with a happy ending.

This book confirms the old saying thatr real `tough guys dont hurt women or pick on kids`

A bible for the CHAV generation - they read and learn from the great man Jamie O` Keefe...

I loook forward to his next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sparkle without the Shine! 6 April 2001
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Having Read Thugs mugs and violence as my first O'keefe book, I knew that I just had to read each and every one of them after that. Many people when accounting for their lifes exploits tend to shine over their own "Sparkle" in an attempt to make you gasp in awe of their excellence. Jamie on the other hand has produced a no nonsense rollercoaster ride through his early years right up to present day, leaving the sparkle out. This is a documentary of a book, a written fly on the wall account of how a bullied school kid took his own destiny in his hands and became the man he wished to be. I was totally enthralled from the front cover till the last! Infact I wish there were 200 more pages. This is one book that has to be read!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Violence is Glorious (Not) 29 Sep 2000
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Format:Paperback
Although I usually only put pen to paper to review music for American Upstart magazine, I recently came across and read a book from England that I liked a great deal and decided a a book review was in order.'Thugs' is basically the life story of a man who grew up around violence and hardship yet still managed to make the most of himself. As a young Mod in the East End of London, and one of the original members of the Mod gang "The Glory Boys", the author experienced a great deal. The book tracks his progession from Mod hooligan, to nightclub bouncer, martial arts instructor, father, and finally to author. I identified with many aspects of this book, particularly his remorse at some of the things he has done in his life. Rather than denying it though, he exposes these events in the hope that you and I might learn from them. This should be required reading for young thugs and hooligans who think all mindless violence is glorious.
James Cabel Correctional Officer Federal Maximum Security Prison Colorado U.S.A.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MAN OF GROWTH 5 Dec 1998
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Format:Paperback
I am very selective when it comes to giving interviews and editorials and rarely give book reviews, however, having read Jamie O'Keefe's latest book 'Thugs, Mugs And Violence' I felt the urge to put pen to paper. I do this for many reasons, it's written in plain understandable in your face English, it tells the truth about martial arts and it touched a nerve as I have lived a similar lifestyle and this book made me think about myself, not many books can do this.
You may think that this in itself does not necessarily make a good book, but this is where Jamie is different. He highlights martial arts as a sense of belonging, be it good or bad martial arts, the belonging can help some people through times of hardship. His book gives hope and understanding in as much that no matter how bad things are there is always something or someone to guide you on to better things.
All the above although good and useful is not the main reason I decided to review Jamie's book, as many people I know have similar stories to tell. What I took pleasure from was that this man made mistakes and learnt from them, for me this is a book about growth. Jamie started with nothing and throughout his life had problems and yet when opportunities came he took them, some were beneficial and some were not, nevertheless he took them.
He re-educated himself, and now he educates others and this book gives inspiration to anyone who thinks life is hard and has passed them by. I respect Jamie for having the 'bottle' to change and improve his life and also for taking the time to write an account of his past without falling into the ego trip that others fall into when writing about themselves. I hope another book on his life will be written in ten years time to show how much more growth is still within him, especially when he finally loses what's left of the anger inside him.
STEVE TAPPIN 5th Degree for Latosa-Escrima UK-EWTO Representative
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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THUGS, MUGS & violence....
What can i say about this book and jamie that has not already been said.
I first heard of jamie a long long time ago threw different martial arts publications when i was growing up in newcastle, it was a hard life for a martial arts practitioner growing up in the northeast known all of the good teachers were down south.
As i religiously read combat, martial arts illustrated and any other martial arts mags i could get a hold of, one name kept popping up jamie okeefe, as i watched him grow in martial arts stature over the years i hoped i would meet the man that who in my eyes became a legend.
i have known of his autobiography for a few years now and was always meaning to get a copy but never seemed to get down to it.
when i eventually received a copy threw the mail i couldnt wait in anticipation to read it after all these years.
And boy was i not disappointed as i read threw page after page the hardships and struggles jamie has went threw over the years really makes you take a step back and think about your own life.
For a man to go threw life with disopointment and hurt of 5 men and come out the other end is amazing to say the least.
Heres me expecting a martial arts biography and i get a book that actually made me cry was a bit of a shock.
Jamie has proven that no matter what life throws at you, you can come threw it and be ok, i just wish i was half the man he is.
thugs, mugs & violence is not a martial arts book or a book on crime but a true and honest account of one mans struggle and will appeal to every reader be it man or women, trust me when i say IF YOUR GOING TO BUY 1 BOOK THIS YEAR....MAKE SURE ITS THIS ONE.... you will not be dissapionted.
i hope jamie will write a follow up to thugs and mugs as i really think he has a lot more to tell about his life, and this time i will be first in line to buy a copie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brutally honest book
He talks very honestly about his life and there are very interesting stories such as "Farting Martin" the bouncer that farts all the time and always disappears when trouble pops... Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2012 by Charles
1.0 out of 5 stars warning biased reviews
I posted a critical review. I've read this book and it isnt very good. I'm surprised that my review was deleted. make of that what you will. Read more
Published on 18 April 2008 by Garner
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-Provoking
This book entertains and educates.

Jamie takes you into the dark side of life and shows you that with self-help and discipline that there is light at the end of the... Read more
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Part-Autobiography, Part-Life Lessons, Part-Empowerment Manual. This book is a life of broken homes, council estates and Broad Truths well told. Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2006 by Russell Wilks
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a 'Must Buy' purchase!
Jamie O'Keefe is a fine example of a contemporary 'Renaissance Man'- someone who has created himself through self-education, both academic and through the living of a fully... Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2001 by bambootemple@aol.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Admiration!! You can feel the honesty!
Reliving difficult times are never easy especially from a few years ago. You think, wince, and put on the rose coloured spectacles. Not Jamie. Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A crap hand dealt doesn't always mean a losing hand.........
Not just any old book. This book recounts how it was, for a man who lived >the life and took its consequences and dealt with them. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars a true triumph over adversity!
all i can say is jamie o'keefe must be one tough man.this is a guy who has gone through so much hardship and adversity and has still come out in one piece. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars There isn't a trace of a saint here..
It's hard to recommend this book without using worn-out cliches like "couldn't put it down", "must read", "page-turner", etc etc. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2000
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