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Charles Bronson is the most feared and the most notorious convict in the prison system. Renowned for serial hostage taking and his rooftop sieges, he is a legend in his own lifetime. Yet behind the crime and the craziness, there is a great deal more to Charlie. He is a man of great warmth and humor; a man of great artistic talent who exhibits his drawings around the countr ...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by John Blake (first published January 1st 2003)
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Ian Hallam
May 09, 2014 Ian Hallam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked The Krays or Mad Frankie Fraser
Recommended to Ian by: Tor Thompsell & Lauren Hallam
This is the second book about Bronson I have read and it is amazing that he has survived all that has been thrown at him.
Like he says why should he get life when he has not killed anyone yet Paedophiles walk free after release without us even knowing they are living within a close distance to our families?
At least reading the book shows that he has helped give a fair few what they deserve inside.
I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in true crime stories he tells it as it is warts and all
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Lori Watson koenig
Jun 23, 2016 Lori Watson koenig rated it it was ok
I couldn't finish. This is the kind of writing that is kept pretty much unedited to retain the original flavor, and it reminded me of some of the auto-biographies that I've read where ego is a huge part of the writing. Just too hard to take for me.
Dionne Griffiths
Nov 27, 2013 Dionne Griffiths rated it liked it
Gripped me to start reading about Bronsons experiences in asylums and prison but tired a little towards the end reading about his opion of the "system" while I understand where he is coming from it didn't make for very gripping reading and I found the last couple of chapters a struggle.
Wing-yan
A really good book about the life of a criminal behind bars and prison life in general. If theres anything to know about prison then bronson's the man to tell you. There are some unappeasing parts where a clearly bitter man rambles on but thats what makes charlie charlie :)
Kay
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He dosnt hold back lol
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English criminal and former bare knuckle boxer.

Bronson is often referred to in the British press as the "most violent prisoner in Britain".Bronson wasa petty criminal before being sentenced to seven years imprisonment in 1974.

While in prison, he began making a name for himself as a loose cannon, often fighting convicts and prison officers. He also embarked on one-man rooftop protests. He was rel
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