Villains' Paradise: Britain's Underworld from the Spivs to the Krays by Donald Thomas

Villains' Paradise: Britain's Underworld from the Spivs to the Krays by Donald Thomas

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A revealing social history of post-war Britain, seen through the powerful lens of crime

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With the war over, the forties and the fifties in Britain have the aura of a golden age. But nostalgia is deceptive: to contemporaries, the battlefront seemed only to have moved closer to home, as anxiety about armed robberies and psychopaths spread. Teenage Teddy Boy razor gangs proliferated and youths casually stabbed each other at dance halls. Newspapers revelled in headlines about the slashing of Jack Spot; Ronnie Biggs and his accomplices prototyped the gang of the future with the famous Great Train Robbery of 1963. Britain had lost the Ashes, exports had nose-dived and all of its secrets had probably been given to the Russians, but when it came to safe-blowing, it led the world.With the narrative sweep and eye for telling detail that was a hallmark of his previous 'underworld' accounts, Donald Thomas chronicles a history we might rather forget, through compelling stories we can't live without.

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SKU GOR002381453
Title Villains' Paradise: Britain's Underworld from the Spivs to the Krays
Author By (author) Donald Thomas
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher John Murray General Publishing Division
Year Published 2005
Number of Pages 528
ISBN 10 0719557348
ISBN 13 9780719557347
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
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With the war over, the forties and the fifties in Britain have the aura of a golden age. But nostalgia is deceptive: to contemporaries, the battlefront seemed only to have moved closer to home, as anxiety about armed robberies and psychopaths spread. Teenage Teddy Boy razor gangs proliferated and youths casually stabbed each other at dance halls. Newspapers revelled in headlines about the slashing of Jack Spot; Ronnie Biggs and his accomplices prototyped the gang of the future with the famous Great Train Robbery of 1963. Britain had lost the Ashes, exports had nose-dived and all of its secrets had probably been given to the Russians, but when it came to safe-blowing, it led the world.With the narrative sweep and eye for telling detail that was a hallmark of his previous 'underworld' accounts, Donald Thomas chronicles a history we might rather forget, through compelling stories we can't live without.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR002381453
Title Villains' Paradise: Britain's Underworld from the Spivs to the Krays
Author By (author) Donald Thomas
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher John Murray General Publishing Division
Year Published 2005
Number of Pages 528
ISBN 10 0719557348
ISBN 13 9780719557347
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
Ex Library No