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Today's gangsters are a far cry from their earlier counterparts. The godfathers of old were seen by many as a stabilizing influence; their power inspired respect and they kept the underworld in check. Gangs of the 21st century have spread their brutality far and wide. The old crimes of prostitution and extortion are being dropped in favor of multi-million dollar drug deals Today's gangsters are a far cry from their earlier counterparts. The godfathers of old were seen by many as a stabilizing influence; their power inspired respect and they kept the underworld in check. Gangs of the 21st century have spread their brutality far and wide. The old crimes of prostitution and extortion are being dropped in favor of multi-million dollar drug deals, bringing gangsters more money and power than ever before. It is a cut-throat industry that is conducted in the shadows and driven solely by profit. Acclaimed true crime author Wensley Clarkson has met many of Britain's richest and most powerful gangs. In this fascinating and gripping account, he provides an extraordinary insight into the dark and glamorous underworld of British organized crime. His investigation leads to the shocking conclusion that crime is perhaps the third largest industry in the UK.


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Today's gangsters are a far cry from their earlier counterparts. The godfathers of old were seen by many as a stabilizing influence; their power inspired respect and they kept the underworld in check. Gangs of the 21st century have spread their brutality far and wide. The old crimes of prostitution and extortion are being dropped in favor of multi-million dollar drug deals Today's gangsters are a far cry from their earlier counterparts. The godfathers of old were seen by many as a stabilizing influence; their power inspired respect and they kept the underworld in check. Gangs of the 21st century have spread their brutality far and wide. The old crimes of prostitution and extortion are being dropped in favor of multi-million dollar drug deals, bringing gangsters more money and power than ever before. It is a cut-throat industry that is conducted in the shadows and driven solely by profit. Acclaimed true crime author Wensley Clarkson has met many of Britain's richest and most powerful gangs. In this fascinating and gripping account, he provides an extraordinary insight into the dark and glamorous underworld of British organized crime. His investigation leads to the shocking conclusion that crime is perhaps the third largest industry in the UK.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Tom Benson

    Anybody with a basic understanding of the subject can write a true crime book, but few can do so with the authority of Wensley Clarkson. 'Gangs of Britain' takes you behind the scenes, to meet the real hard men, and on some occasions women, who have spent time at the heart of gangland. It's one thing to see violence on the large or small screen, but to read about the real criminals and their escapades really eclipses the screenplays. Mr. Clarkson introduces the reader to men who came up through th Anybody with a basic understanding of the subject can write a true crime book, but few can do so with the authority of Wensley Clarkson. 'Gangs of Britain' takes you behind the scenes, to meet the real hard men, and on some occasions women, who have spent time at the heart of gangland. It's one thing to see violence on the large or small screen, but to read about the real criminals and their escapades really eclipses the screenplays. Mr. Clarkson introduces the reader to men who came up through the ranks of teenage violence, petty crime, and simple loyalties; right up to the high flyers and drug barons of modern day gangland. During my upbringing in Glasgow I saw the new gangsters of the time, when they were teenagers. The signs are there from early on, just as surely as the signs of success in any type of career. In this book, the men and women are real, and so are the incidents that are related. You don't need to stretch your imagination - just read and believe.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tom Minney

    Author Wensley Clarkson has extensive knowledge of the gangsters of the past, and knows many personally and has written a great many books on the subject. The structure is anecdotes, following the lives of key kingpins, such as Kenny Noye (due to be released in August 2019 after 19 years in jail). The book is excellent in giving a well-balanced view of how deeply entwined organized crime is in the police and justice systems in UK and elsewhere. The new edition has added a couple of chapters on c Author Wensley Clarkson has extensive knowledge of the gangsters of the past, and knows many personally and has written a great many books on the subject. The structure is anecdotes, following the lives of key kingpins, such as Kenny Noye (due to be released in August 2019 after 19 years in jail). The book is excellent in giving a well-balanced view of how deeply entwined organized crime is in the police and justice systems in UK and elsewhere. The new edition has added a couple of chapters on crime since the earlier 2008 edition, so much of the action is from the 1990s. The new chapters include interviews with a drugs "mule" about her gang of couriers, and too short an overview on the county lines with a chilling breakdown of the drugs trade overtaking Norwich and its effects. Its a great read if you want to know more about the stories behind the headlines, and show the scale of the battle that police face as the drugs trade pours ever more resources into crime, while technology makes networks more secretive. I also recommend his author website and the interviews on Clarkson's YouTube channel, where many of his characters tell their real-life stories.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kalle Wescott

    Quickreview: Poorly written but fascinating. __________ It was fun to read a book in British slang, about blaggers (thieves) getting nicked (busted) for a five-stretch (5-year jail sentence), and those selling puff (weed) and Charlie (coke) with protection from bent coppers (bribed policemen).

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