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  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; Revised edition edition (July 9 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742371221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742371221
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #175,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Alan on June 25 2012
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Not to bad a book although it drags on on alot of little biker things so if your a biker you will not like that. Also claims 2 of the 8 Bandidos killed in the Shedden Massacure were undercover american cops (page 140) Wonder how he knows tha when 2 other authors who wrote books on this never claim this.
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Arthur Veno is actually American born and was even at the infamous Hells Angels Monterey incident in 1969 as a teenager. Now Arthur lives in Australia, which he has called home for almost 30 years, and his curiosity in what could be best described as "patch clubs" has almost been a life long interest.
The Brotherhoods is more about biker patch clubs in Australia, but a lot of the clubs he deals with have international standings. In his book Arthur talks a lot about the relationships between patch clubs and the police, and while not condoning what these clubs "can" do, he finds that most of the trouble we hear about is due to police heavy handedness. For the most part the patch clubs just want to get out and have fun, but when you start poking at a hornets nest (the clubs) with a stick (the police) there will always be trouble. He also talks about a lot of the terminology that the clubs use as well as typical processes you have to go through to become a member in these clubs which is highly interesting.
Strangely Arthur has never been an actual member of a biker club and he doesn't even particularly like bikes himself, yet he has major contacts within most of the major clubs in Australia including the Hells Angels and the Gypsy Jokers, commonly playing the role of mediator between the clubs and the police. A number of the stories that Arthur tells in his book may get him into hot water with some or all of the patch clubs he knows, and he acknowledges this while writing the book. In fact on numerous occasions in the past he has feared for his safety and life while being involved with the clubs, so his future may indeed become interesting after this book.
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By A Customer on Aug. 6 2003
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While the author is Australian and writes from his knowledge of Australian clubs he captures the flavor of the worldwide club scene. Of all the books I've read about biker (bikie) clubs, this one rides the best. Thanks to the author for his courage and for his story telling ability.
Ice USMV MC
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