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Angels of Death: Inside the Bikers' Global Crime Empire
Angels of Death: Inside the Bikers' Global Crime Empire
by William Marsden
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tilting at the windmills?, 31 Aug 2007
If you already subscribe to the tabloid view of the HAMC then this book will be right up your alley.

Marsden uncritically reels off the experiences of undercover ATF agents to 'demonstrate' that all outlaw bikers are thugs, dealers and murderers. The author's sources are primarily US based and he gives the HAMC in the rest of the world a brief run down rather than an indepth analysis.

However he fails to convince that the HAMC has a Global Crime Empire, in much the same way that the long and expensive ATF 'investigation' failed to convince the US Courts of the same. Strangely, Mr Marsden makes little mention of the total failure of the ATF to convict more than a handful of angels from this 'global criminal conspiracy'.

This complex and interesting subject deserves a better and more impartial analysis than this.

Hells Angels Motorcycle Club
Hells Angels Motorcycle Club
by Andrew Shaylor
Edition: Hardcover

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A frank portrayal., 29 Aug 2007
At first glance these are guys you would probably not want to be caught staring at in the flesh. The close-up photographs magnificently capture the outward facing personas of English Hells Angels, but look beyond the tattoos and the reputation and you can perceive something of the personality within. Shaylor's unprecedented access uncovers something of what it's like to be on the inside of the famous patch. An unexpectedly touching book.

Angels of Death: Inside the Bikers' Global Crime Empire
Angels of Death: Inside the Bikers' Global Crime Empire
by William Marsden
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very one-sided view point spoils an interesting story, 29 Aug 2007
The rise of the HA from its West Coast USA origins to almost global motorcycle club supremacy should have been a fascinating read. Mr Marsden makes a stab at covering the HA presence across the world, but his main sources are in the US and the European biker scene gets a relatively brief overview.

Don't read this book and expect to learn anything new about the HA. In truth the text is more useful as a description of an inept and ultimately futile law enforcement attempt to portray the HA as a 2-wheeled Cosa Nostra. Clearly there have been some violent men within the club, and it's not hard to accept that, for those who reject society's norms, crime provides a more lucrative income than a straight 9-5 job.

However the author uncritically accepts the law enforcement versions of events, and in doing so he paints the entire outlaw biker community as thugs, pushers, and murderers. I just can't accept that good PR and a few toy runs would cancel out the kind of vile reputation that any wholly criminal gang would have.

Authorial bias oozes from every paragraph, undermining the facts and affecting this reader's initial open mind. An example - the reckless murder of a Gypsy Joker by a retired senior Austalian policeman, and the subsequent massive official cover-up is downplayed in a way that would never have happened if the victim and perpetrator had been reversed.

The title suggests some insight into the closed world of the HA, but this is just a list of crimes and alledged events garnished with brief and facile comments from ATF and FBI infiltrators. The accuracy of the Law Enforcers' opinions can be gauged from the final chapter, when it becomes apparent that two lengthy and expensive undercover operations culminated in the prosecution of a handful of Angels for a series of relatively minor crimes. The inescapable conclusion is that the HA Global Crime Empire is not quite the terrible threat to our way of life that Mr Marsden would have us believe.

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