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on 28 November 2010
Fabulous book, very hard to put down, initially I found it a slow start but the pre-story information is essential and gives the reader a real understanding of key facts, law at the time and even the social economics which makes for a better understanding. I was fascinated and gripped by Fido's version of events, only slight criticism was that the author did inject his owm biased & personal views however, it doesn't detract from a well written and informative read.
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on 23 March 2008
Fido begins with a potted history of London's organised criminal gangs and families, placing the Krays in their historical context. He avoids the crass romanticising of these men's lives that the hack writers of best-selling Kray "biographies" indulge in. Fido identifies the reality behind their activities - Evil.
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on 23 August 2015
A much more realistic and informative book than so many of the cheap and nasty cash-in stories about the Krays. Martin Fido puts the Twins in the much broader context of British (well, maybe London) crime and discusses the bad things, as well as the better ones. He's done his research and his homework very well and produced a well-balanced book, free of the sentimentality and sensationalism that surrounds this topic.
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on 17 February 2016
I know of the Krays but I don't know anything about them, hence why I bought this book.

This book is shocking as to how coldly Ronnie and Reggie would dispatch people who displeased them (like Jack "The Hat" McVitie).

This book reveals new murders which were not thought to have been committed by the Krays at all and portrays them more as wannabe gangsters than real gangsters.
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on 19 April 2016
Pretty good book about he Krays if you are interested in criminal history.Does not reveal much that is not already known.
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on 14 February 2015
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on 22 August 2009
For a man who was on every kray tv docu sticking up for the krays and how staunch he was how when he always looked in the mirror he knew he held his silence...................... Then this book came out and destroyed tonys reputation of being the loyal member of the firm he was'nt.

His so-called close pal frederick foreman the director of british crime (what ever that is suppossed to mean?) wrote a book with lambrino called "villains talking", this was discussed why tony did it blah blah blah..... Now if you read foremans book he talks about tonys brother chris (who at least had the balls to admit he wrote an appeal statement telling the truth about the murder of jack the hat mcvitie) and how he hates chris for destroying any chance of winning his appeal WELL blow me down !! fred has odviously softened with old age as he forgives tony for GRASSING....

There is and never has been any honour amongst thieves LOL..... these so-called old school villains (pardon the pun) make up the rules as they go along to suit there own needs.

Only a handful of people slated tony for what he did, Ron kray, Reg kray, Charlie bronson and Frankie fraser...... The rest refused to believe it even when the statement appeared. So make your own conclusions about the so-called underworld its not pretty its not romantic its full of treachorious people like lambrino hanging of the back of the kray story when in theory he was no better than the betrayers he so slated in his book like albert donaghue, lennie hamilton, jack dickson....

The director of british crime (ipml) went on TV knowing 100% that reg krays parole hearing was coming up and openly admitted he killed frank the mad axeman mitchel, destroying any chance reg had of parole or a move to a cat d prison. And to cap it all off he was such a pal of reg he couldnt even be bothered to go to regs funeral "all because he was not a pall bearer !!!!! how sad and pathetic of the man (did anybody see Tony at the funeral! bah bah black sheep have you any wool ha ha enough said)..

Theres nothing glamourious about these people, thank fully they are mostly dead or near on.

with pals like these who needs enemys ay?
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on 25 February 2013
A different slant on the usual Kray books. A good read if you have read other books which glorify the twins to some extent
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