One percent Bike Clubs have always flourished after every American war. Post World War II produced a couple of the earliest and largest Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs the WORLD knows today. It would seem any time club membership falls into growth doldrums, the United States finds itself involved in another foreign war, or what it may affectionately call “A Conflict” and club growth returns. Not to say some clubs don’t grow during peace time, but my story is concentrated on one club and its relationship between the U.S. military and the wars the two have shared by their members. Although I never served in the U.S. Armed Forces, it’s easy for me to see there’s something about being in a Combat Zone one day, then on the Home Front the next, as much too sudden for some. I suppose there is a freedom in unregulated violence, to find a “Place in Time,” where all we know and all we have ever been taught about compassion is converted into primordial instincts, casting away all moral and governmental laws. Probably one grows to love maybe not so much the danger, but the freedoms of war. A freedom of not having to answer for his mistakes or even so much as mood swings. The freedom of doing whatever he wants whenever he wants, provided it’s cloaked under the “War Effort” and has a host government support that behavior. Not to say an American war zone is undisciplined rape, but many have told me the first man they killed in Vietnam was followed by the fear of prosecution. These men were raised in a nonviolent society governed by strict laws prohibiting violence, and then to have a medal pinned to them from the kill produced an almost invincible feeling. As they killed more, that feeling matured and they evolved into an educated “Cave Man” type of being! When returned to the United States and told to act as if they had never been to war and seen its horrors became the one “Lie” most U.S. veterans would not adopt! To some, Harleys Davidsons and Bike Clubs became the answer; they found truth in “Brotherhood.”
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Bikers by Dave Ebert
Wen I first started reading the book I got hung up on the punctuations (capital words and a lot of exclamation points). But once I settled in and read them as written, it was a super read. Hard to out down. Can't wait for the next book Bikers II nor due out by the middle of this year, 2013. I read the first chapter of that book on his site and it looks to be just as good if not better than this book.
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A good book, enjoyable throughout. Look forward to more like it. Well-worth the read.