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Old 01-20-2008, 09:55 PM #1
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Gang Leader for a Day

Im only about two chapters into this book but......WOW. Read the description and if it sounds somewhat interesting the actual book is 100 times better. If anyone has read this I'd love to hear opinions.........it amazes me that within our own cities you can find another world.



"The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in Freakonomics. Gang Leader for a Day is the fascinating full story of how Sudhir Venkatesh managed to gain entrance into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment.

When Venkatesh walked into an abandoned building in one of Chicago's most notorious housing projects, he was looking for people to take a multiple-choice survey on urban poverty. A first-year grad student hoping to impress his professors with his boldness, he never imagined that as a result of the assignment he would befriend a gang leader named JT and spend the better part of a decade inside the projects under JT's protection, documenting what he saw there.

Over the next seven years, Venkatesh got to know the neighborhood dealers, crackheads, squatters, prostitutes, pimps, activists, cops, organizers, and officials. From his privileged position of unprecedented access, he observed JT and the rest of the gang as they operated their crack-selling business, conducted PR within their community, and rose up or fell within the ranks of the gang's complex organizational structure.

In Hollywood-speak, Gang Leader for a Day is The Wire meets Harvard University. It's a brazen, page turning, and fundamentally honest view into the morally ambiguous, highly intricate, often corrupt struggle to survive in what is tantamount to an urban war zone. It is also the story of a complicated friendship between Sudhir and JT-two young and ambitious men a universe apart."
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Old 01-20-2008, 10:51 PM #2
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Wow, sounds really interesting. May have to pick it up.
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Old 01-20-2008, 11:12 PM #3
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Wow, sounds really interesting. May have to pick it up.
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hmmm sounds pretty cool.
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Old 01-21-2008, 09:45 AM #5
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War and drugs are the books I find most interesting. I want to read that.
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Old 01-21-2008, 11:07 AM #6
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The chapter in Freakonomics was really good, I might have to get this book now too.
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Old 01-21-2008, 12:44 PM #7
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My neighborhood, as well as myself, was chronicled by a sociologist for a book called "Gang Girls and the boys they know" I was unfortunately named as being involved in a walk-by shooting here in KC. Sucks I was on the receiving end of an SKS, but I'm fast as hell and ducked and dodged. The girl the ethnography centers on took like 10. She lived lol. I am still down with my neighborhood, but am a full time college student. Traded crack hustle for a paper hustle lol. I'll check this book out, as KC is no where near Chicago as far as gang violence, although I can attest that it gets pretty bad where I'm from here EASTSIDE........
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Old 01-21-2008, 04:54 PM #9
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This has definitely been a very intriguing book. Rarely do I find books that interest me but when I do they tend to be great, IMO. Im honestly not much of a book worm but Ive found it very hard to put this book down. I hope all of you find it as intersting and fascinating as me.
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