Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Bikies consider themselves 'the last free people in society'; unrestricted by the laws that rule ordinary citizens. Yet they have strict joining rules and jealously guard their privacy. The 21st century has seen bikie culture move from secretive disorganised crime to far more threatening organised criminal activities that led to the death of a Hells Angels associate at Sydney airport in 2009, and the gang-style killings that preceded it. Arthur Veno, Australia's leading bikie expert, reveals the true picture of the brotherhoods. Drawing on in-depth interviews, personal stories and years of meticulous research, he explains the rules and rituals of the clubs, tells of landmark incidents and profiles some famous bikies. In this fully revised edition of The Brotherhoods, he outlines the rise of the so-called Nike bikies, whose drugs and turf wars threaten to spill on to our streets, and the attempts by governments to introduce controversial laws to control the violence. The Brotherhoods is the definitive account of bikie culture in Australia.
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