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Wild Ride: How Outlaw Motorcycle Myth Conquered America [Hardcover]

Tom Reynolds

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4.0 out of 5 stars In the top 1% of the books about the "one Percenters" 5 April 2002
By Raol Finn - Published on
Hunter Thompson's much beloved bible 'bout the Angels, and them like 'em, and those that wannabe, is a ... hard act to follow. But I truly liked this book. Unlike a lot of the other books out there on the subject, which are just "retreads" (sorry 'bout that) of what we've all read and seen before, this effort actually brings us up-to-date. And it does it in a matter-of-fact, objective, but very readable way. In too many books about the "Outlaw Biker/Culture," the author gets in the way - trying to impress us with his, or her keen observations. Mr. Reynolds just lets the subject/subjects speak for themselves, and that to me made it all the more interesting. I've been riding since I was 14, and readin' even longer - and I highly reccomend this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars History presented fairly and evenly 5 Nov 2012
By Bill J. from Austin - Published on
With this book and the companion television production, Tom Reynolds was probably cashing in on the "biker" fad of the 1990s. However, his approach (in print; I've never seen the TV show) is neither sensationalist (see Julian Sher, and all those cops and snitches whose memoirs detail their own duplicity in trying to bring down the clubs) nor vindictive (think Yves Lavigne, the savagely biased Canadian "journalist" who has made a career of attacking the Hells Angels at every opportunity).

Instead, Reynolds has written an evenly-paced, well-researched history of "outlaw" motorcycle club culture, from its overhyped beginnings in post-war California to its worldwide prominence in the 1990s. Is his reportage definitive? No. However, it is thorough, and thoroughly enjoyable. There were even a few details I'd never seen before, and I've read a LOT of books about our history as motorcyclists.

Whether you're new to the genre, or a well-versed reader, I'd wholeheartedly recommend Reynolds' Wild Ride.
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, good book 7 Oct 2012
By Not-Rite178 - Published on
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If you are genuinely interested in a true history of Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs, this book is a must! Reynolds did his reasearch and does a good job of revealing the truth about the "image" of the Outlaw Biker.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of biker history 2 Sep 2011
By L. V. Sage - Published on
True, there is nothing new here, but if you're unfamiliar with the biker culture, then this is a good book to read. It is comprehensive for sure, covering the history of outlaw culture from the Hollister Rally & the Brando movie, The Wild One, to Altamont, Easy Rider, ABATE & biker rights. Informative & well-written.
4.0 out of 5 stars Wild Ride 6 Oct 2010
By Sam Adams - Published on
Published in 2000, this book reports on various people, clubs, movies, and events that highlight the association of Harley-Davidson motorcycles with the outlaw biker. A partial list: the Boozefighters (club), the POBOBs (club), Hollister 1947 (event), the Hells Angels (club), The Wild One (movie), Wild Angels (movie), Hunter Thompson (writer), Easy Rider (movie), Altamont 1969 (event). The book is more a collection of nearly independent chapters than a structured history or discussion of what the subtitle calls "outlaw motorcycle myth".

The author interviewed "several of the surviving Boozefighter members" (295) and his chapters on that club and their participation at the Hollister Rally of 1947 benefit from it. The book has eleven pictures of members of the club, including five taken at Hollister during the rally and one at a fortieth anniversary party.

"The research for this book was compiled from interviews with over forty individuals, plus secondary sources, including biographies, newspaper and magazine articles, government documents, archival footage, and materials available on the World Wide Web." (295)
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