The only patch-wearing outlaw biker to become a sworn police officer and live to tell his tale
In 1977, Wayne “Big Chuck” Bradshaw was Jersey tough. He was a member of the outlaw Pagans bike gang, a One Percenter, and had earned his colors in a world of boozing, bloody bar fights, and high-stakes crime. But after getting too close to extreme violence, Bradshaw made the life-threatening decision to change his path.
The toughness Bradshaw used to survive biker life led him to a distinguished and heroic career as an undercover narcotics officer for the same New Jersey police department that had once arrested him. Bradshaw tells his story with the truth of the streets, from his time in the U.S. Army to his decision to join the Pagans, to the wild adventures of working narcotic stings. He rode with truly dangerous criminals and then returned to those same places as a cop. He tracks down fugitives in Jersey’s toughest neighborhoods, risks his life rescuing dozens from a fire in a seniors’ residence, and volunteers in the aftermath of 9/11.
Jersey Tough is an unflinching memoir of personal struggle, of battling with darkness, and ultimately of redemption.
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About the Author
Wayne “Big Chuck” Bradshaw is an Army veteran, former member of the outlaw Pagans motorcycle gang, and 20-year veteran of the Middletown New Jersey Police Department. After he retired and moved to Florida, he began teaching self-defense classes to women. Bradshaw is currently living in Cape Coral, Florida, with his wife, Barbara.
Douglas P. Love is a writer, editor and publicist who lives on Long Island, New York.
Renzo Gracie is a world-famous and championship-winning MMA fighter and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Could not stop reading it. Well written and keeps your attention!
Big Chuck’s rendition of motorcycle thug turned police officer is one I did not expect to enjoy so much. Although the beginning moves slowly and the army stories seem to drag and repeat themselves, the narrative is strong and flows smoothly. Bradshaw's love of literature is evident in his skilled writing and big personality. He is easily able to weave his history together successfully, pulling us into the nitty-gritty world of one-percenters and the Pagans. By the time our author reaches the Middletown Police Department, I had already forgotten that this was a non-fiction memoir. I also began asking myself, “what else could he possibly get himself into?” You’d be surprised; the “story” is just that good. I appreciate how in touch we are with Bradshaw’s integrity and thought processes, as well as the rawness of his accounts (even if they aren’t suitable for all ages). “Jersey Tough” does a great job of exposing the unforeseen realities of the military, racial bigotries, life on the Jersey Shore, and the hardships of undercover detective work. If you want to become entangled in a world of shifting morality and high-stakes, this book is for you! 4.5 stars from me!
Good read, fast paced, gritty, at times difficult to digest.