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Author : S.J. Saunders
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A young boy, his loyalties torn between the old world and the new, fights to save his family as he faces the monsters without, and those within.


Author : Sanyika Shakur
ISBN : 9781555848750
Genre : Fiction
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The follow up to his best-selling memoir Monster, Sanyika Shakur’s T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. is a vicious, heart-wrenching and true-to-life novel about an LA gang member that masterfully captures the violence and depravity of gang life. Shakur’s protagonist is Lapeace, the leader of the Eight Tray Crips gang in South Central Los Angeles. In a deadly gunfight with Anyhow, a Blood and Lapeace’s rival since childhood, eight innocent civilians are killed. Anyhow is captured. Lapeace becomes a fugitive and he must hide out in the home of his girlfriend, Tashima, a hip-hop mogul as a pair of crooked LA detectives, John Sweeney and Jesse Mendoza, attempt to track him down. This novel was written from the confines of Shakur’s jail cell, and the authenticity of its street scenes—the relentlessness of violence, the do-or-die attitude of each side of the gang war, the sheer joy in the killing—is a testament to the hell that has been a majority of Shakur’s life. With T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E., Shakur delivers a powerful and gripping story about the terror of gang life and one man’s attempt to free himself.
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Author : Sanyika Shakur
ISBN : 1417683074
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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One of L.A.'s most notorious gang leaders takes readers inside the world of gang wars, recounting his ascension through the gang hierarchy, surviving attacks by rival gangs, and life in prison.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

A Book Review About Sanyika Shakur S Monster An Autobiography Of An L A Gang Member

Author : Amos Wesonga
ISBN : 9783668737310
Genre : Literary Collections
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Essay from the year 2018 in the subject American Studies - Literature, , language: English, abstract: The life of every society changes from time to time. These facts are real, particularly in the United States (U.S.). In 1993, a new trend of gang life began to emerge along the streets in the U.S. The book Shakur Sanyika’s Monster was the first one to provide an account of this lifestyle. The author of the book raised some concerns regarding criminal justice by revealing the acts of violence and sensationalist. Thus, this paper aims to review the book, with its significant sections including summary, significant themes in the book, strengths, and weaknesses of the text and context of the book.
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Life In Prison

Author : Stanley "Tookie" Williams
ISBN : 1587170930
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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The author's account of his life in San Quentin State Prison in California where he has lived in a small cell on death row for sixteen years because of a murder conviction.
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War Of The Bloods In My Veins

Author : DaShaun "Jiwe" Morris
ISBN : 9781416565338
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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By turns harrowing, moving, and ultimately redemptive, this is a war story -- a war that rages out of control on the streets of the United States, claiming the lives of our loved ones and neighbors. In this memoir, complete with child soldiers, unspeakable violence, and eventual salvation, we witness the journey of an East Coast member of the notorious Bloods gang coming to terms with the lost boy he was and the transformation into the man he wants to become. Unlike the child warriors of Mozambique and Sierra Leone, gang members and the wars they wage are the United States' homegrown nightmare. Lacking protection, support, or any alternatives, Dashaun Morris is forced into battle for the first time at age eleven, in the streets of Phoenix, when a friend's older brothers put him in a car filled with 40s and weed smoke, put a gun in his hands, then make him point it at the men on the corner and squeeze the trigger. The targets are Crips, of course, and, as Morris writes, "In the darkness of the streets, my childhood is murdered.... I am reborn -- a gangster." In this haunting, violent memoir, Morris takes us through an American childhood turned grotesquely inside out. In the fourth grade, he loses his first friend in a drive-by shooting. By high school he is the man, a champion on the football field by day and a reputable banger on his 'hood turf by night. Living the life of a gang banger, Morris does it all -- drug dealing, jacking, and continuing the aimless war with rival gang members -- almost opening fire one night on a close friend, a cheerleader, as she hangs out with young men he mistakes for Crips. He eventually makes it to college on a football scholarship, but on the verge of being drafted by the NFL, Morris can't escape his gang-banging mentality and gets caught up in crimes that snatch away all future hopes. Sitting in a prison cell, he anticipates the birth of his first child while counting the friends he's buried. War of the Bloods in My Veins is part of Morris's redemption, a cry to his brothers that gang life is mental illness. It is a rare and brutally honest look into the relentless storm of abandonment, violence, crime, death, and the endless rush toward the complete and utter self-annihilation that plagues the lives of the young "soldiers" who die every day in our streets.
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It Calls You Back

Author : Luis J. Rodriguez
ISBN : 9781416584179
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Shares the author's story of his brushes with the law and addictions to heroin and alcohol, tracing his complicated journey toward a recovery marked by a run for political office and his rise to an internationally respected gang interventionist.
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Do Or Die

Author : Leon Bing
ISBN : 9780060922917
Genre : Social Science
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Do or Die is the first insider account of teenage gangs--the lives, loves, and battles of children who kill--from the only journalist ever allowed inside this closed and dangerous world. This is no West Side Story. Welcome to a world where teenagers wear colostomy bags and have scrapbooks filled with funeral invitations; where a young man, after being shot in the chest, drives himself to the hospital; where another youngster, caught in crossfire, uses his girlfriend as a human shield; where teenage gangsters are kidnapped, tortured, and held for six-figure ransoms; where kids hum the latest movie's theme music while killing people. It's a world of clickheads, sherms, bangers, ballers, and mummyheads; a world where the strongest feelings of family come from other gang members; a world where the most potent feelings of self-worth come from murder.
Category: Social Science

Hand Dance

Author : Wanda Coleman
ISBN : 0876858965
Genre : Poetry
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The poems and prose of Coleman's sixth book, Hand Dance, show a wry political awareness ("inside this poor person is a rich one / struggling to come out"), a streetwise knowledge of what it means to be black in urban American ("in the world i come from / violence is a language and a bullet / sudden insight"), as well as a heady sensuality.Coleman's poems are an act of liberation, meant to be experienced as something almost physical, like a punch or a whipping . . . She wants her language to express anger, to incite anger, and to shake all those who read it out of their complacency. ? The Nation
Category: Poetry