A facinating book even if you have just a passing interest in this subject. It is written in an easy, non taxing style and so makes good bed time reading. I also have a copy of 'Outlaws & Highwaymen' by Gillian Spraggs which is a very formidible book, written in a very adroit manner but almost a little too scientific and clinical in its manner with a little too much emphasis on the Robin Hood subject important though he undoubtedly is. 'Stand & Deliver' is much lighter although in parts it relys solely upon acecdote, it nevertheless makes a darn good read. If anyone can recall the TV series in the late seventies with Richard O Sullivan then one can see, whilst reading, that Richard Carpenter dug deep to come up with characters and story lines!. I therefore would reccommend this book to anyone as an entry level source of information. The Gillian Spraggs tome I would recommend if you intend to study for a PHD. Enough said.