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My Bloody Life

Author : Reymundo Sanchez
ISBN : 1569762325
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Looking for an escape from childhood abuse, Reymundo Sanchez turned away from school and baseball to drugs, alcohol, and then sex, and was left to fend for himself before age 14. The Latin Kings, one of the largest and most notorious street gangs in America, became his refuge and his world, but its violence cost him friends, freedom, self-respect, and nearly his life. This is a raw and powerful odyssey through the ranks of the new mafia, where the only people more dangerous than rival gangs are members of your own gang, who in one breath will say they’ll die for you and in the next will order your assassination.

My Bloody Life

Author : Reymundo Sanchez
ISBN : 1904132324
Genre : Chicago (Ill.)
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Looking for an escape from childhood abuse, Reymundo Sanchez rejected schoolnd sport in favour of drugs, alcohol and sex. Aged just 13, his mother andtepfather returned to their native Puerto Rico, leaving him to fend forimself - he really was a lost boy. He found himself by taking refuge withhe Chicago Latin Kings, one of the most notorious street gangs in the USA.e was initiated into the gang by performing his first gun hit and soonarned a reputation for crazy violence - 'Lil Loco' was just 14 years old.he gang became his world but its inherent violence cost him friends, freedom,is self-respect and very nearly his life. This raw and powerful odysseyhrough the ranks of the new mafia graphically describes a way of life leady a particular group of American youths. A group where the only people moreangerous than rival gangs are members of your own, who in one breath willay they'll die for you and in the next will order your demise. "This was howll Latino youths seemed to classify each other - gang member first, humaneing second. Ironically, Latinos complain that police treat all youths as

My Bloody Life

Author : Reymundo Sanchez
ISBN : 1556524013
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A former member of the Latin King gang describes his search as a young Latino for a place to call home, discussing his abusive childhood; his escape to drugs, alcohol, sex, and the streets of Chicago; and his entry into one of the largest street gangs in America, a gang that became his refuge, but also cost him his self-respect, freedom, friends, and, nearly, his life.

Once A King Always A King

Author : Reymundo Sanchez
ISBN : 9781569762356
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This riveting sequel to "My Bloody Life" traces Reymundo Sanchez's struggle to create a "normal" life outside the Latin Kings, one of the nation's most notorious street gangs, and to move beyond his past. Sanchez illustrates how the Latin King motto "once a king, always a king" rings true and details the difficulty and danger of leaving that life behind. Filled with heart-pounding scenes of his backslide into drugs, sex, and violence, Once a King, Always a King recounts how Sanchez wound up behind bars and provides an engrossing firsthand account of how the Latin Kings are run from inside the prison system. Harrowing testaments to Sanchez's determination to rebuild his life include his efforts to separate his family from gang life and his struggle to adapt to marriage and the corporate world. Despite temptations, nightmares, regressions into violence, and his own internal demons, Sanchez makes an uneasy peace with his new life. This raw, powerful, and brutally honest memoir traces the transformation of an accomplished gangbanger into a responsible citizen.

Lady Q

Author : Reymundo Sanchez
ISBN : 9781569762851
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Looks at the life of a member of Chicago's Puerto Rican gang the Latin Queens, the female counterpoint of the Latin Kings, and details the years of sexual abuse that began at the age of five and the consequences of breaking the gang's code of silence when she appeared on Oprah Winfrey's local talk show.

The Almighty Latin King And Queen Nation

Author : David Brotherton
ISBN : 0231114184
Genre : Law
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A sociologist and a psychologist explore the cultural, social, political, and spiritual transformation of the Latin Kings gang, introducting the concept of "street organization" and the potential for political and social engagement in the community.

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.

100 Common Misconceptions About My Bloody Life

Author : Luke Syers
ISBN : 5458796306
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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.

Gang Leader For A Day

Author : Sudhir Venkatesh
ISBN : 1440631891
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A New York Times Bestseller Foreword by Stephen J. Dubner, coauthor of Freakonomics When first-year graduate student Sudhir Venkatesh walked into an abandoned building in one of Chicago’s most notorious housing projects, he hoped to find a few people willing to take a multiple-choice survey on urban poverty--and impress his professors with his boldness. He never imagined that as a result of this assignment he would befriend a gang leader named JT and spend the better part of a decade embedded inside the projects under JT’s protection. From a privileged position of unprecedented access, Venkatesh observed JT and the rest of his gang as they operated their crack-selling business, made peace with their neighbors, evaded the law, and rose up or fell within the ranks of the gang’s complex hierarchical structure. Examining the morally ambiguous, highly intricate, and often corrupt struggle to survive in an urban war zone, Gang Leader for a Day also tells the story of the complicated friendship that develops between Venkatesh and JT--two young and ambitious men a universe apart. "Riveting."--The New York Times "Compelling... dramatic... Venkatesh gives readers a window into a way of life that few Americans understand."--Newsweek "An eye-opening account into an underserved city within the city."--Chicago Tribune "The achievement of Gang Leader for a Day is to give the dry statistics a raw, beating heart."--The Boston Globe "A rich portrait of the urban poor, drawn not from statistics but from viivd tales of their lives and his, and how they intertwined."--The Economist "A sensative, sympathetic, unpatronizing portrayal of lives that are ususally ignored or lumped into ill-defined stereotype."--Finanical Times Sudhir Venkatesh’s latest book Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York’s Underground Economy--a memoir of sociological investigation revealing the true face of America’s most diverse city--was published in September 2013 by Penguin Press From the Trade Paperback edition.

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