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A brilliant historical study
on 21 November 2013
Andrew Davies is a true academic and respected historian who specialises on the history of crime in modern Britain. It's clear from this and his previous excellent book, Gangs of Manchester, that he possesses an abundance of skills which enable him to source a plethora of minute details over many years of research and bring them to life; creating a compelling, informative and entertainingly read with superb clarity page upon page.
Based on Glasgow, one of Britain's most violent cities in the 1920s and 1930s, the reader learns about its violent gangs such as the Billy Boys, their fashions, weapons, loyalties, politics and reigns of terror, as well as the myths propagated by others.
Yet this brilliant study doesn't belong in the past - it's both relevant as well as fascinating -as it draws comparisons between these gangs and modern day gang culture. Dates may have changed but many of the factors that led to the spawning of these violent gangs are still present today, still negatively impacting on our youth. City of Gangs sends out the message that unless society does something quickly to address many of its problems, such as deprivation and bigotry, more violent gangs will be spawned and we will be drawing similar comparisons within similar genre books for many decades to come.