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Gangs of Glasgow: True Crime from the Streets Paperback – 16 Jul 2008

3.6 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Black and White Publishing (16 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845021339
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845021337
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Jeffrey is a long-serving Glasgow journalist and the former managing editor of the Herald group of newspapers. His many best-sellers include Glasgow's Hard Men, Blood on the Streets, Glasgow's Godfather and Crimes Past.


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This is an interesting and quite well written book. If I had bought it in the expectation of reading a 'social study' type of book about Glasgow gang culture then I would probably have been very satisfied. Instead, and largely because I didn't 'read the label' thoroughly enough, I expected an in-depth history of some of the major individuals in Glasgow gang history, but was disappointed to find relatively little of this. Still, I don't regret buying the book, it's a good enough read...it's simply that there appear to be other books by the same author that are more akin to what I was looking for. Next time I'll download the sample!

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Robert Jeffries writes, "research conducted by Glasgow University's Professor Neil McKeganey shows that one in three boys and one in twelve girls across Scotland has carried a knife at some time." A chilling figure.
I am Glaswegian and come from Easterhouse, one of the areas badly troubled by gangs in the seventies and can report first hand how bad gang warfare was. Avoiding contact with these gangs was an everyday pre-occupation throughout much of my childhood. There were running battles between rival gangs where knives, swords, bricks and chains were the weapons of choice.
Jeffries book is a well researched non-sensationalist historical account of the Glasgow gang problems over the past 100+ years. He looks at the various methods tried to eradicate the gangs, their changing motivations and the emergence of the 'Glasgow Godfathers'. There is a chapter on the names of the various gangs and I was shocked to be reminded that there were three seperate gangs in my small scheme that contained only 4 streets.
I'll finish this by saying that Glasgow is not a violent city first and foremost now. Whereas previously Gangs ran in the open and many innocent bystanders were sucked into the violence, nowadays the gangs are concentrated around organised crime and a normal citizen is unlikely to ever have any dealings with them. Not knowingly, anyway. But if you live in a good area, some of the people shopping at the supermarket could be involved in the gangs of the 21st century.
It's this way in every big city, and Glasgow is no different.
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IT IS AN OKAY READ.IT'S A SUBJECT THAT THEY KNOW GOES ON BUT TRY TO AVOID.LIKE ALL MAJOR CITIES IN THE WORLD,THIS IS WHAT LURKS JUST BEYOND THE FRINGE .UNLESS YOU ARE INVOLVED IN THIS GANG WARFARE YOU DON'T USUALLY COME INTO CONTACT WITH IT.
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I found this to be a durge. Feels like bits from other books have been thrown together to get this om shelves. Disappointed!
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Very good read brought back lots. Of memories as I
Am from Glasgow in the gorbals 1949

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from glasgow
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In my mind the author cut and paste abstracts from previous editorials ,novels and added his spin on several events.
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I should have tried the sample first. This a very dry and uninteresting book. I skipped about half of the pages
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as like the Scottish bastards a very indebt read of live in Scotland of old very well researched and deep
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