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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1st Paper Back edition (31 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141032251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141032252
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Frightening, disturbing' Irish Examiner

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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Format: Hardcover
If you love the series you will love this book truely amazing. Just recieved it today and can't put it down.Many things in it that you did not see on the tv program.
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No matter what you may think about Ross Kemp as an actor; this is a man who has a pair of seriously big balls. You've got a heck of a lot more guts than me if you can reach the end of the first chapter without a new found respect for him.
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.
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This is a great book, so much more information than the series on sky1. opens your eyes to things you'd never normally see...now reading gangs2.
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This book was really interesting, I couldn't put it down!
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!
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If you have watched the series on Sky1 then you will know what this book is about!!
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!!
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I don't typically write reviews, but this book deserved praise. This book is awesome. I bought it on a friday afternoon and as good as finished it by monday; with every spare moment I had (even in the bath...!) I consumed it's inticing pages.

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.
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What an insight into the dangerous people that live in this world. I bought this book after reading Ganags 2, another book I loved. I think you do have to have a genuine interest in crime and criminals, as it is quite gruesome at times. However it is to the point and I believe an accurate portrayl of life as it is on the streets and prisons of our world. 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 buy the DVD boxset to see if it is all as I had pictured in my head.
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Gangs by Ross Kemp was an interesting but disturbing read. Across the world millions of people are members of street gangs. In groups they fight, stab, rob, rape and murder anyone who isn't one of their own. And when rival gangs meet - what you get is warfare.

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.
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