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Wayward Angel: The Full Story of the Hells Angels Paperback – 14 Oct 2008

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (14 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599214636
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599214634
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.1 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Powerful in its striking reality, "A Wayward Angel" is not for the squeamish, but the descriptions of the inner codes and working of the club make for a read you can't put down."--"Iron Works "magazine


"Powerful in its striking reality, A Wayward Angel is not for the squeamish, but the descriptions of the inner codes and working of the club make for a read you can't put down."--Iron Works magazine

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We all know about the Hells Angels: toughs on Harleys terrorizing the law-abiding; wild brawls and wild sex; drugs and cruelty, beatings, and even murder. But nobody really knows what it's like to be an Angel except an Angel. In this classic of Hells Angels literature, to be read alongside the works of Hunter S. Thompson and Sonny Barger, GeorgeWethern - for many years the vice president of the Oakland Chapter-tells it like it is.Until he found himself in reluctant service to the courts, Wethern was the quintessential Angel. Oneof the West Coast's top drug dealers, he was a man who loved bikes, fights, women, and drugs; a man who knew the deepest secrets of Angel life. Arrested, strung out, in despair, he bought a precarious freedom by testifying in major trials against Angels members - and then disappeared into the witness protection program. A Wayward Angel is a powerful book, a not-for-the-squeamish portrait of the drug scene and the alienation of modern life in late-twentieth-century California. We witness killings, million-dollar drug deals, "picnics" that are nothing short of orgies, and the sometimes bizarre inner workings of the biker club. This is a story uniquely American. And it is a terrifying tale - because it's real.

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The book starts with a fairly shocking opening which sums up the type of people involved with the Hells Angels at the time the account is set.

It really is fascinating to read first hand about tye types of activities, criminal and otherwise, these men were involved in. The account provides a realistic rather than romanticised view of the Hells Angels. Everything from gun and drug running to the extreme bond of 'brotherhood' and codes of honour they live by. Fascinating and unput-downable!
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I've read most of the Hells Angel true crime books and this one tops the list.

Easy to follow and read, you will find yourself on the back of the motorbike hanging on for dear life as the narrator takes us through life as a HA.

For all you hard-core bikers. This book will not disappoint.
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THis book is one of the only stories that I can document. George was a 'Hells' out of Oakland. He did what he said he did. He did control the LSD in his time. He did get the 1% tat the same time Sonny did. He did turn on his brothers. This is a good history read of a time gone by. The book is very well written. It keeps you attention and it should, it's mostly true. A good read.
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Being a fan of this genre and subject I've been burned many a time with fictional accounts. This book, written by a former friend of Sonny Barger and ranking member of the HA turned "rat", makes for interesting if disconcerting reading. If like I, you read it alongside Sonny's first book on the Angel's then you'll find the differing records of some of the events notable. Like all good factual writing should be, it's better than fiction. Recommended.
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The angels are the world's most feared and know motorcycle gangs,
I gave this a five star review because it was an eye opener for anyone who was thinking of going down this road,
Do you , don't you ? And if your accepted .GOOD LUCK !!!
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It sounds like a true enough account of the tough dealings that went on at the time in these gangs and has certainly been written by a biker, gritty, tough and no holds barred in it's descriptions of violence and drug highs and lows it had me fascinated. One of the best documentary-books I have read on this subject.
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Such a great book! You wouldn't believe it if it wasn't true. From the small beginnings to the hells angels we have heard of today. Superbly written with brutal truths about the club and the author himself. Really worth a read if your into bikers or not!
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A good starter book into the world of the Hell's Angels, and the risks taken by the likes of George Wethern. Can go off on a tangent at times and become a bit flat, bug stuck with it as it picks up again
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