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.
©2016 Neil Woods (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd
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
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.
"Not just a good story but a good point well made"
I've not read the print version so can't compare
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.
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
There were one or two amusing moments, I won't spoil them for you
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 :)
"Good insite in undercover police work"
No. I only listen to books once.
His way of describing the scene, which is good to imagine.
Very good book. Good story line.
brilliantly narrated, wonderful. First hand experience of the futility of the war on drugs. It really must end now.
Was given a tour of a world that I would never enter in to. Great book, was sorry when it finished and makes a lot of sense at the end.
excellent informative game changing . I'd recommend it highly. Nothing more to say really .
"Brilliant insight into undercover policing"
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A brilliant insight into undercover policing and his ideas on drug law reform are spot on.
"Does not fulfill potential"
A very poorly written book which detracts from what could have been an insightful perspective.
"Interesting and enlightening message but..."
Could have done without the poorly written and very repetitive conscience ridden, hero genius stuff and read the last two chapters as an essay.
"A game changer"
Few books that you will ever read will completely change your thinking about a subject. Good Cop, Bad War is hugely entertaining, even thrilling at times but most importantly,
"Fascinating and compelling"
A brilliant story of frontline policing and the dawning realisation of the futility of the war on drugs.
Good narration although I'm not sure all of the regional accents hit the mark. I think they helped add to the atmosphere of the story though.
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