Hell's Angels: "Three Can Keep a Secret If Two Are Dead"

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A reporter for the Toronto Globe and Mail here examines the history and status quo of various groups of bikers (Hell's Angels are the best known) currently active in the U.S. and Canada. Lavigne describes--in overtly sensationalistic fashion--the media sensationalism that surrounds (and for a time succored) outlaw bikers, alleging that present-day gangs (Hell's Angels, Outlaws, Pagans, Bandidos) rival, and even surpass, traditional organized crime mobs in terms of revenues, organization and ruthlessness. While certain sections of the book (deep history, inter-gang feuding, an in-depth portrayal of the multiple execution of five Montreal Hell's Angels in 1985) do illuminate a relatively inaccessible subculture, the bulk of the volume is an amalgam of turgid prose, luridly violent anecdote and speculative, hyperbolic hypothesis. An assessment of bikers' attitudes toward women is couched in grossly offensive language, while a litany of security systems and weapons arsenals of gang-chapter clubhouses is merely boring. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780818405143
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: Carol Publishing Group ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 317,806
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 1.09 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2004

    denial aint a river in Egypt

    Great book, well written and well investigated. A geat look at what goes on behind the club-house doors, and behind the scenes of the out-law biker culture. Read it, believe it. Jus' a buncha good ol' boyz? Been there, done that, so dont pee on my leg and tell me its raining!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2003

    Bikie Horror Tales for the Uninitiated

    When I first read this work, the first I'd read by Mser. Lavigne, I neglected the notion that the information within was just as dated(as well as biased)concerning the whole biker scene. Some real hum-dingers of tales in here... his later book, 'Into the Abyss,' is even more biased regarding outlaw biker clubs. I must suggest one read Arthur Veno's much-better synopsis of the counterculture, 'The Brotherhoods.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2003

    The book is good but..........

    I read this book and I thought it was good, but the way that the 'Bikers' treat the women, is terrible. Don't they realize, we have feelings too? If they were treated that way, they would not like it, and maybe someday they will get a piece of their own medicine. I happen to know some Hell's Angels, that do treat their women good, it is the rest of them that give them a bad name.So even 'outlaw bikers ' can change, anyway, the rest of the book was very good, and i have told my friends to read it as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2002

    The Eye Opening Truth

    This was one of the best books I have ever read. The best of all the books I have read on the Hell's Angels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2001

    Take with a grain of salt

    The author seems to have a lot of contempt for his subject. This makes the book difficult to read and lowers the author's credibility. He also focuses on the French Canadian Hells Angels, which is far from descriptive of the entire club. Read it, but take it with a grain of salt. If you want more reality, read Sonny's book or HST's books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2001

    THE WAY IT USE TO BE

    LIFE CHANGES AS DID THE BIKER CLUBS. THIS BOOK BROUGHT BACK MEMORIES OF THE GOOD OLE DAYS. NOW THERE IS PEACE AMONG THE CLUBS. THIS HAS LASTED LONGER THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD. THE POINT IS, READ THIS BOOK, THEN READ IT AGAIN AND AGAIN. LIVE THE WORDS. BROTHERS AND SISTERS....'THREE CAN KEEP A SECRET IF TWO ARE DEAD'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 1999

    Outlaw Bikers at their BEST/WORST

    As a female biker in the male dominated outlaw biker world, this book was like a bible. It tied everything I learned 'in the field' together. It gave me insight & wisdom that saved my life or others more than once. I highly recommend this book to all new 'outlaw bikers'. It may save your life one day, if you ever have to rub elbows or run with the 'big dogs'. Exciting, nerve tingling.

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