The paper “ A Real Legal Issue and Results in Court Action in William Queen’ s Memoirs Under and Alone” is a breathtaking example of book review on the military. William Queen's Under and Alone is a harrowing memoir of this former officer of the Bureau of alcohol tobacco and firearms (ATF) 28-month experience working undercover as a member of the Mongol motorcycle gang in its San Fernando chapter from 1998 to the year 2000. The title is apt since so for much of his time with the gang he was largely operating on his own wits.
The ATF chose to send a field agent undercover within the Mongol organization because at the time this outlaw motorcycle gang was pushing all bounds with its extremely violent conduct. The ATF and other organizations have been involved in an ongoing war with organized crime gangs in the United States. Often this battle is fought to a truce with neither side exacting a complete victory. Queen was sent in as an undercover agent into the organization to set an example to other organized crime organizations in the country, that the law was always present. Queen was chosen for the operation of his unique talents.
A former decorated Vietnam hero and 20 year veteran of the ATF he also had experience going undercover throughout his time in the organization. At the time he was riding undercover in the Hells Angels and he had both the ideal profile and personality to do the job. He is a large intimidating man with a full goatee and an unwillingness to back down from physical confrontation. These qualities made him ideal. Before proceeding to examine Queen's success it is necessary to delve into the background history of outlaw motorcycle gangs here to gain some perspective on this book. The Outlaw Motorcycle gangs were originally born out of disaffected World War II veterans returning home to find society did not understand the terrible things to which they had been a witness and therefore no longer fit into mainstream life.
The original bikers were not a criminal group but rather free spirits in pursuit of the thrills that war had given them and no longer available in conventional society; however, this innocence was short-lived as a series of conflicts with the police dramatized in the film the Wild Ones that marked the beginning of outlaw status.
Even with their outlaw status, the bikers in the '60s had romantic associations for the growing hippie movement as they seemed to symbolize a part of the rebellion against the values of the previous generation. In 1969 at a Rolling Stones concert members of the Hell's Angels gang beat to death a young black man in what was believed to be a racially motivated killing.
After this, the biker gangs lost any aura of romance and were seen for the criminal organization they were. The Hell's Angels are the oldest and largest of the biker gangs but there are others, all of which exist in the state of smoldering enmity with each other, notably the Pagans, the Outlaws, the Bandidos and the newest arrivals the Mongols. The biker gangs were not based on any ethnicity like the other gangs and if anything they are characterized broadly by a racist ideology of white superiority, this despite the fact that an African- American Chapter of the Hell's Angels exists in California, the only exception being the Chicano organization of the Mongols.