Riding on the Edge: A Motorcycle Outlaw's Tale
Ride with author John Hall into the turbulent world of 1960s bike club culture, from the time he joined an upstart motorcycle club from Dixie, and rose to become Long Island chapter president of the Pagans, a club that the FBI called "the most violent criminal organization in America." Follow him into the Pagan heartland of Pennsylvania where he fell in love, got in a roadhouse brawl over a honky-tonk angel, and eventually went to jail for "takin' care a club business." Now after a career as a journalist and college professor, he returns to the violent days of his youth and smashes up stereotypes like he once smashed up bars, resurrecting long-dead brothers, in a style reminiscent of Jack Kerouac and Mark Twain. Hall presents them as they really were: hard living, hard loving, hard drinking, hard fighting rebels, but also hardworking, patriotic, loyal, and lovable characters, and a band of brothers whose outlandish behavior forged an all-American outlaw legend in the tradition of Jesse James, Doc Holliday, John Dillinger, and Pretty Boy Floyd. Outlaws yes, but outlaws as American as apple pie.
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Excellent readUser Review - cyclefreak - Borders
This book has you riding along with the Pagans in their glory days. An excellent read, impossible to put down until you've finished it, even if you know nothing about outlaw motorcycle clubs when you begin. John Hall is a gifted writer. Read full review
I have meet john on a few occasions through a mutual friend and let me tell you Mr hall is one of the most interesting persons I know. He is as intriguing as his book if not more. When we meet its usually for lunch were we sit enjoying a dark beer. I'm like a child in a daze of amazement and amusement as he tells the stories of his life. I always wanted to be a outlaw biker and after reading this book I cant decide if I'm scared have to death or exited beyond belief. So to summarize this book i never was able to read a book straight through until I got this one 14 hrs later I put book to a close and all I can say is WOW!! 5 STARS FOR YOUR BOOK JOHN 5 STARS.