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Good Cop, Bad War

Written by: Neil Woods, J. S. Rafaeli
Narrated by: Malk Williams
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
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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.

©2016 Neil Woods (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

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  • RWL
  • 01-12-16

Not just a good story but a good point well made

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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  • MR R J SPENCE
  • 13-05-19

Exceptional

This thinking could stop 90‰ all street violence. Just give it a listen. Eye opening

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  • Michael Sweeney
  • 19-04-19

Compelling and persuasive

Every now and then I have come across audiobooks that I just want to keep listening to. Good Cop, Bad War is such a book, I finished it 32 hours after downloading it.

It’s quite a tale, humane and full of insight into the living hell lived out by so many addicts on our streets. Highly recommended.

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  • Craig Hutton Cwh
  • 09-04-19

intriguing

very interesting read full of facts and insight into a world you could never imagine.

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  • d j harris
  • 06-04-19

Interesting and thought provoking.<br />

Makes you shift your thinking and perhaps we should be tackling the issue very differently.

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  • Pusateri
  • 05-09-18

Dangerous job

A considered and thoughtful story of undercover work, one which leads to the author questioning his role and the role of the justice system in dealing with drug addicts - the so called war on drugs. The situations this guy found himself in were truely terrifying, often with poor senior management. This was a great book and I enjoyed it immensely.

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  • Andy
  • 07-08-18

Absolutely excellent

Gripping, exciting, profound. Truly excellent read, eye opening in many ways. I only hope more people come round to this way of thinking.

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  • Dyl
  • 01-06-18

Great story

Interesting insight to the UK Police force with a fascinating story to go with it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-03-18

So much truth and understanding

Awesome once it started I couldn’t stop. Takes people like Neil to make a better change. Thank you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-05-20

Great

Really enjoyed this book. Would recommend to a friend, opens up your mind to what happens behind closed doors to enforce the law.

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  • mr
  • 13-10-16

Brilliant

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-19

Essential reading.

If you have any opinions about the war on drugs, put them on hold until you read this book.

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  • rachel
  • 21-10-16

Fantastic

A must read for everyone! Very insightful and thought provoking definetly a book to put on your must read list.

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  • Mark J. Fitzpatrick
  • 09-09-16

Intelligent and revealing

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.