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Gentle Johnny Ramensky: The Extraordinary True Story of the Safe Blower Who Became a War Hero

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Throughout an astonishing criminal career, Johnny Ramensky was the foremost safe-blower of his era. His exploits and audacious escapes from maximum security prisons also helped make him a household name - admired by some, notorious to others. But when the Second World War broke out, Ramensky joined the elite Commandos and his story became legend. Peacetime had brought John ...more
ebook, 262 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Black & White Publishing (first published April 1st 2011)
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Bill
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a rather sad story of a boy who grew up in poverty and who became one of the world’s extraordinary safe blowers, both as a criminal and a war hero Commando who qualified for the famous Green Beret.

Johnny Ramensky was driven by the need for danger, which some folks satisfy via adrenaline inducing sports. Instead, Johnny used his explosives knowledge gained down a mine to crack safes, which also produced the cash to feed his high stake gambling habit.

Although his 15 sentences totalled abou
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Zogman
Aug 04, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junked
I have tried twice to read this book, mainly because I remember my father telling me tales of Johnny Ramensky and also because they both came from the same Lanarkshire village. However, the amount of padding the author puts in makes the book impossible to enjoy. It reads at times like a Boys Own Annual with "jolly exciting tales", but ultimately fails to win this reader over. My dad's tales were much better.
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