Underworld: The definitive history of Britain’s organised crime

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Anonymous says:

A very good overview There are two types of true crime writing about gangsters. First, there are the breathless glamourising puff pieces. These are often ghostwritten for celebrity gangsters – some former real criminals, others more wannabes – and one particular publishing house has created a veritable cottage industry in churning these out. Then there is the more serious side of true crime reporting. These tend to be written by serious journalists and steer clear of whitewashing their subject’s sins. Personally, I…

Anonymous says:

Best Book on 20th-Early 21st Century British crime and how it developed The Underworld, an expanded edition of Campbell’s book about the development of the British underworld, published in the early 1990’s, is a worthy update. Written skillfully and informatively, by a writer who has been at the cutting edge of British crime writing since the mid-1970’s as a crime reporter and then correspondent, it tells the story of how criminals have operated superbly, showing the ever-changing social background in which the villainous subcultures developed. The best overview…

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