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Hell's Angels [Mass Market Paperback]

Yves Lavigne
2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Aug. 8 2000
Hell's Angels: Taking Care of Business is the ground-breaking book that launched Yves Lavigne's investigative series into the Hell's Angels. This book traces the growth of the Hell's Angels organization from the early, rowdy "club" to the insidious, far-reaching superstructure that now exists. Today's Angels still value the grinning death's head, but they keep it for funerals, runs, initiations, and laying heavies. Angels, like the undercover policemen who tail them, prefer street clothes to blend with their surroudings. In a world of drugs, prostitution and pornography, the shadow the Angels' wings falls on all of us. Hell's Angels: Taking care of Business is a fascinating and startling read.

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"A searing account of violence and underworld business"--Winnipeg Sun

"Alarming reading"--Toronto Star
"Lavigne's book is an original. He writes in a way that compels the reader to feel, sense and taste directly what motorcycle gang life is all about."--Clayton Ruby

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"A searing account of violence and underworld business"--Winnipeg Sun

"Alarming reading"--Toronto Star
"Lavigne's book is an original. He writes in a way that compels the reader to feel, sense and taste directly what motorcycle gang life is all about."--Clayton Ruby

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 12 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Good book n fast delivery
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Annoying writing style July 22 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book could have been good. But Lavigne doesn't seem to feel bound by a need to maintain any sort of chronological narrative, which seriously detracts from the book's usefulness. Instead, what you get is typical Yves Lavigne machine-gun anecdotes. While the anecdotes can be fascinating, they are also the book's downfall due to Lavigne's writing style. He has the annoying habit of writing everything in the present tense, without any historical or chronological context. Therefore, when he bursts into yet another anecdote about a particular biker or event, the reader often has no clue when the event took place.

Many reviewers have also complained about the author's unnecessary vulgarity, and I have to agree. I'm no prude, and I don't have a problem with a book about bikers containing vulgarity. However, in this case, Lavigne often throws in profanity-laced sentences and paragraphs where it is entirely unnecessary to do so. It's like he's trying too hard to lend a certain "authentic" tone to the book, and in doing so comes across as a phony. In trying to keep the book "entertaining", Lavigne has basically eliminated any informational value this book might have had.

This is the second Lavigne book I've read -- I don't plan on reading a third. He just doesn't seem to take the craft of writing seriously enough.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A good "story"? Jan. 2 2004
By Wayne
Format:Paperback
I have read this book and I am drawn to wonder how much is just assumption? If you get through the first few chapters without falling asleep, it picks up. Most of what Yves has to say on the history end of the club, is stuff you see on TV all the time. Nothing new.
As far as the "story", well, you can tell that he had to make up most of it. It is full of assumptions and hearsay. There would be NO way that he could know certain things that were writen. Let's face it, the people are dead and could not talk to the author.
He writes about things that agencies tell him are facts, when in the real world, they are what we call FUNDING facts. Stories made up to accuire public support and funds from different levels of government. And maybe to keep Mr. Lavigne in a job. Nice try, but I don't think so.
This book was written to strike fear into people and manipulate a system that is very one sided. It's also for people who know nothing about true bikers or thier lifestyle.
Sell your "STORY" somewhere else Mr. Lavigne.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pure Storytelling July 29 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading this book I find it rather humorous at best. As someone very close to the Hells Angels, I have to admit that this book is purely hearsay, and obvious statements that have been on the local news. So much of the book is unbelievable, & just ridiculos. He definately needs to find better sources, & stop writng on mudane sources. And many members AGREE!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TCB July 22 2007
By S. D'Annunzio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I thought it was great book. This is only my third or fourth book on the HA, so it is a relatively new topic for me. I really enjoyed the structure of the book and its history. I think this book is great for new readers who dont know too much about the HA.
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but very dramatic May 18 2009
By SuperGlide - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am not sure how much of this book is factual. It seems the author is reaching for the "shock" factor more so than the Outlaw Bikers. I found the most interesting part to be the description of the individual Angels. I had heard a lot these names, and now I know why. If you can find this book for a decent price, its not a bad read. Just be prepared for the Canadian version of the Angels, because its focused heavily on them.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it Dec 30 2013
By Brian Scott Reklaitis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
WAS AS ADVERTISED, I WOULD BUT FROM THIS SELLER AGAIN!
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A good "story"? Jan. 2 2004
By Wayne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have read this book and I am drawn to wonder how much is just assumption? If you get through the first few chapters without falling asleep, it picks up. Most of what Yves has to say on the history end of the club, is stuff you see on TV all the time. Nothing new.
As far as the "story", well, you can tell that he had to make up most of it. It is full of assumptions and hearsay. There would be NO way that he could know certain things that were writen. Let's face it, the people are dead and could not talk to the author.
He writes about things that agencies tell him are facts, when in the real world, they are what we call FUNDING facts. Stories made up to accuire public support and funds from different levels of government. And maybe to keep Mr. Lavigne in a job. Nice try, but I don't think so.
This book was written to strike fear into people and manipulate a system that is very one sided. It's also for people who know nothing about true bikers or thier lifestyle.
Sell your "STORY" somewhere else Mr. Lavigne.
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