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The Big Men by [Pieri, Joe]
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About the Author

Joe Pieri is one of Glasgow's most prominent and well-known Italian residents. Having lived in the city since the 1920's he has seen all the major social changes during the 20th century. He has written two previous books: Isle of the Displaced and Tales of the Savoy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Neil Wilson Publishing (30 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00796E4BO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #545,457 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Big Jim TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jan. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
My father was a cop in central Scotland in the fifties and sixties, admittedly in various pit villages rather than the Northern Division of Glasgow, but the tales related here are very reminiscent of stories he told me. these were the days of no grey areas, you were either a "good" guy or a baddie. Industrial central Scotland was often likened to the wild west and there is a lot of truth in that and I will leave it for others to decide if things were better then or not. One thing is for sure - you couldn't be a shrinking violet if you wanted to patrol the "mean streets" so the stories in this volume are full of macho bravado and may be subject to some exaggeration because, and my dad was no exception to this, the polis thought they were a bit John Wayne, one minute helping an old woman across the road, the next getting stuck into a ned who may (or may not?) have transgressed. Just to be picky there a few factual errors, for example a probationer would never have been given a driving course unless they had previous experience in the armed forces for example, and the writing is a touch naive in places but there are some good stories in here and some valuable social history as well. BTW I bought this in December for just over a quid and agree with a previous reviewer in that £8 for the Kindle edition is a bit steep and will dissuade the casual buyer. Shame really because this is an interesting read
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By A Customer on 4 Jan. 2004
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Gives a fascinating picture of police procedure in Glasgow in pre-war and immediate post-war days based on interviews with ex-policemen still alive of that era. Very well writen and compulsive reading.
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this book is really only worth a read if you are a serving or retired police officer and I did not think is was that well written
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real Policing 26 Jun. 2013
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An incredible insight into the roles of the " Big Men " the community police of the Glasgow area. My Dad had been one of the Big Men and it helped me understand the difficulties these men went through during this era. A must read for any law enforcement officer today.
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