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As an undercover police officer with the drugs squad, Neil Woods regularly risked his life on the streets, dealing with some of the most violent and unpredictable criminals in Britain.
Good Cop, Bad War is a unique story about a man with a striking ability to infiltrate and extinguish drug gangs but who, as the success of his operations grows, becomes disillusioned with the war on drugs, as he sees how it demonizes those who need help whilst empowering the very worst elements in society. This is an action-packed true-account listen like no other.
Would you consider the audio edition of Good Cop, Bad War to be better than the print version?
I've not read the print version so can't compare
What did you like best about this story?
It's a true story and is good in its own right, but it's the truth - the war on drugs is so counterproductive its bleeding obvious to anyone who thinks about it. This is someone who is extremely knowledgeable about his subject and his conclusions are based on practical reality as well as common sense.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The best scenes are the ones where he's a virtual derelict and facing serious violence. Not enjoyable because he's in that state but because I was really impressed with his dedication. Also the scenes where he proves the jobsworth clipboard coppers how badly wrong they are
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
There were one or two amusing moments, I won't spoil them for you
Any additional comments?
I was riveted to this book. It's depressing that ever more violent criminals are getting ever more powerful thanks to the phony War on Drugs but it's cause for some optimism that at least someone with relevant experience is talking sense. I'd rather my kids brought up in a society run by this guy than with those currently in charge of drug laws. Neil, keep up the good work :)
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couldn't leave this tale alone. exciting start to finish and eye opening. a must read
Unique insight into the war on drugs. Captivating. Lost lots of sleep listening to this
It tells you the reality of the drugs problem and the effect it has on people.
Loved it. What a story about the drug war and true cost of the criminalisation of drugs. Read it
this is the first book I've ever listened to the whole way through, kept me on the edge and wanting more!! a definite good read
Good narrator, great story and a very good point of view on the "War on drugs".
An unputdownable book. The story is on the most part a difficult one describing grim,violent and desperate situations. But towards the end Neil describes his prescription for a solution.
Honest, gripping, grittily real and hugely worrying.
Just read it.
What an extraordinary journey! All the more amazing, as it is all true. Get a taste of the tension of the hair raising adventures of an undercover cop. Hear stories of addiction and organised crime as you've never heard them before and an extraordinary personal journey.
good book well worth a listen. good insight in to his work and what he thinks on the war on drug.
Everything about this story is really interesting and written in such a captivating way that I couldn't stop listening, I'd heard Neil on Scroobius Pip's podcast which led me to this book. The narrater is really good. Highly recommended
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A must read for everyone! Very insightful and thought provoking definetly a book to put on your must read list.
As an anarchist I rarely have a good word to say for the police but this book is insightful and compassionate. Woods fiercely argues for a rational alternative to the woeful war on drugs (really a war on society ) and as an undercover cop directly involved in the war his message has to be taken seriously.