Gangs Paperback – 31 Jul 2008
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About the Author
Born in Essex in 1964, Ross Kemp is best known for his potrayal of Grant Mitchell in EastEnders. The first series of Ross Kemp on Gangs was broadcast on Sky One in October 2006 and the second series in January 2007.
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Top Customer Reviews
What I love the most about this book is that he actually tries to treat them like real people with real emotions as opposed to just the 'evil men' that lesser documentaries paint gangs as, but doesn't try to humanize them to the point that he tries to excuse their horrible crimes.
One of the other reviews recommends that you watch the matching episode of the TV show after you finish each chapter and I have to say that is a great idea. The TV show gives you a face to these people and events, and the book gives you twice as much detail and background.
Although gorey at times it was weird to think that this stuff actually happens all the time.
Definately worth buying this book! Ross Kemp was lucky to survive what he went through with the people he met!
Its fantastic...Ross travels around the world meeting dangerous gangsters and gives a unique insight into their lives. Would highly reccomend! Can't wait for the next book!!
I saw the TV series and worried there wouldn't be anything new in the book, but the change of medium is nothing but a compliment. As a Criminology student I can see myself dipping into it time after time in the future.
One of the delights is the simplicity of the book; a biographical account of some of the most dangerous people on earth written in an interesting format by someone who genuinely feels (but does not, in must be emphasised, condone) the plight of the people. Ross doesn't litter his writing with theories by acemdemics and reference after reference to other books, but he does include the quotes and thoughts of the victims, perpetrators and those who try and prevent the gangs awful actions.
If you have any interest in crime, culture or even travel, buy this book. You will not be disappointed.
Ross Kemp, whose dad was a copper and taught him right from wrong, decided to infiltrate these secret underworld organizations to discover who they are, what makes them tick and what the law is doing to curb their criminal activity. On his harrowing journey he:
* meets murderous members of the Number gang in a Cape Town jail
* crosses paths with warlords in Guatemala
* gets shot at in El Salvador
* is set on fire as an initiation test for Russian Neo-Nazis
Only TV hardman Ross Kemp could get this close to the world's most violent street gangs: he's tough enough to earn their trust and so get them to confide their innermost secrets. How brave, if a little crazy, Ross Kemp and his team must have been to carry out their reasearch. The only question now is, do I rent the DVD boxset to see if it is all as I had pictured in my head.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the first I've read of Ross Kemp's 'adventures'. His style of writing is relaxed and it's as though he's telling you things face to face. Read morePublished on 29 Jun. 2014 by Maisie
This is a fantastic and very informative book! It's amazing how he manages to get involved and talk to some really dangerous people, and still be alive after!Brilliant!Published on 6 Jun. 2014 by miss jaime reeves
Great read and brave of Ross to go into some very dangerous situations to ensure a truthful story. Will read Gags 2Published on 15 Sept. 2013 by Robert Westray
Random scribble all the way through. Not even annotation or logical notes. This book was clearly labelled wrong. The quality was poor. Read morePublished on 18 May 2011 by Lauren
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