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Good Cop, Bad War

Good Cop, Bad War

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I did find myself in a juxtaposition on whether I liked his personality at times throughout the book with some of the tough decisions he made.

The risks, the situations, the scenarios, were so gripping and could be straight out a blockbuster, but the pen halfway through the whole premise and purpose of the book or story changes to a personal campaign. His discussion about his work with LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) takes up a slim chapter at the end. Good Cop, Bad War is probably one of the most absorbing reads I've had in terms of a non-fiction memoir I've experienced.We would scratch the surface of a murder and almost invariably find a turf war between dealers, or a gang protecting their supply network. Insofar as we make drugs illegal, we give big time criminals the opportunity for an excellent livelihood. When Neil left the police and pursued a life of changing the course of the fight against drugs, I was riveted and it is pure proven logic.

Good Cop, Bad War is an intense account of the true effects of the War on drugs and a gripping insight into the high pressure world of British undercover policing. for cannabis, 10% for cocaine, 10% for alcohol and 15% for crystal meth - with heroin as an outlier at 25%. What was also informative to me is the author's frankness about his innermost feelings, his dilemmas and struggle with a system that was becoming more difficult to believe in and the courage it took to do something about it. He really did fight the good fight against some very unpleasant men but also I think there was also lots of obsession and addiction within him driving him to do more and more undercover operations. Neil Woods provides a very compelling argument in support of the decriminalisation of drugs in Good Cop, Bad War (2016).Throughout his deployments in towns and cities across the UK he dealt with psychopaths and villains who preyed on addicts, torturing, maiming and killing those who crossed them. This is a really great book for those of us who do not have much knowledge about the life of an undercover police officer.

It does suffer from the unavoidable flaw of being restricted to only one person's version of events, but that's not a serious shortcoming. Starting out in the early 90s and making the rules up as he went, Neil was at the forefront of police surveillance. I would have liked at least half the book to discuss experiences in countries where drugs have been legalized, or talking with people who support the cause to legalize drugs.S. criminals fighting in Iraq for a decade first believed it would be easy, like Putin rightly said "it should have been done carefully from inside, not carelessly from outside". In the end, the only people the police forces can bust are just ordinary addicts, they no longer have any access to the big dealers and gangs. Derby, Nottingham, Northampton - to learn so much about the real state of the war on drugs and those helpless victims of addiction, is so deeply upsetting but ultimately, eyeopening and so important to be read, and heard by the general public. What we often hear from media propaganda about "war on drugs" is just oversimplified simulation of reality pretending to be the only and the only truth.



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