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4.0 out of 5 stars The template for the Long Firm
Deadbeat account of the rise and fall of the Krays, most famous of the post-war London gangsters. A must for anyone curious as to the underside of 1960's London, the East End, and the source for the white hot poker incident, killing of Jack the Hat and other incidents recounted in the Long Firm.
Published on 14 Sep 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough nails
Anyone looking for stories about blokes' heads being nailed to cakestands will be disappointed by this book.

They will find that the text becomes increasingly concerned with the Krays' individual states of mind and relationships during their active period, and their ambitions to be gangsters on an international scale.

That makes for rather dull...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The template for the Long Firm, 14 Sep 1999
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Deadbeat account of the rise and fall of the Krays, most famous of the post-war London gangsters. A must for anyone curious as to the underside of 1960's London, the East End, and the source for the white hot poker incident, killing of Jack the Hat and other incidents recounted in the Long Firm.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very compelling, very direct, 7 May 2000
Very good account of the Kray twins rise to power, and thier fall. Very insightful. It does fall down a bit at the end by belaboring the obvious and trying to explain them in broad sociological terms. And earlier on in the book, one gets the feeling the author has identified a little too strongly with the Krays and glories a little in their successes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Want to know what the Krays were really like???, 3 Oct 2001
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Fantastic - I was given this as a present and its one of my favourite books ever. It toes the line between admiration and revulsion for the twins and their lifestyle. Well-researched and brilliantly written by a journalist initially approached by the Krays (just prior to their arrest) to write their life story. Little did he know what he had stumbled on! It records the lives of the twins in extraordinary detail, minus all those sensational headlines. It tries to explain how they became what they were, and gives a real sense of the bizarre double standards of the old East End. I was hooked.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the original East End villains, 22 Jan 2014
The Kray twins were 'the original East End villains', ruling London's East End of the 1950's and 60's . Born in 1933 in Hoxton, East London, from an early age, they were involved in armed robberies, arson, protection rackets, violent assaults including torture and finally, murders. The book outlines their early life including information on their parents and grandparents and their rise through the ranks of the criminals of London's East End. There were many things I didn't know - not having read a lot about them before - e.g. that Ronnie suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, Ronnie being gay which he was apparently quite open about and despite general hostility in society towards gays at the time, he was accepted within the criminal world as such.

The book very much keeps to the facts without being judgemental, which I prefer in 'real-life' crime books, thus completely overcoming the devide opinion about the Kray twins - vicious villans or glamourous gangsters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough nails, 31 July 2014
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Anyone looking for stories about blokes' heads being nailed to cakestands will be disappointed by this book.

They will find that the text becomes increasingly concerned with the Krays' individual states of mind and relationships during their active period, and their ambitions to be gangsters on an international scale.

That makes for rather dull reading ultimately. Let's face it - violence is what we want, isn't it?

One must give credit to Pearson as the first to chronicle the career of the Krays in any detail. Thankfully, the wealth of material from books and films since will easily satisfy the most bloodthirsty of readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the shocking truth, 25 May 2000
if your interested in the the krays than this book is a must, the book tells the shocking truth about gangland london in the 60`s and how the kray twins ruled london by fear and violence are they realy loverable rouges or volent killers?,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book, 15 July 2014
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This tells an unromantic view of the Kray twins, with no glamourising their vicious natures. It is quite a fascinating and frightening look at what can occur. The way they dodged the law in numerous ways is fascinating and amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enlightening, 19 Sep 2013
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Both my wife and I read this book and we found it interesting and informative. It's well written and gives you a very good insight into the lives of Ronnie and Reggie.
We'd both recommend this to people interested in true crime books.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Typos, 3 Jun 2013
There were many mistakes such as the twins date of birth! 1933 not 1934! but it was very informative, How far can you believe someone elses view though?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The rise and fall of the Kray twins.., 5 Oct 2012
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I have read many "Kray" booka and found this one to be very informative and well writen. A good read for anyone interested in the subject.
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