Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America
I honestly think the epilogue does not serve the story well. It pushes the book into didactic, instead of letting Canada's experiences speak for themselves.
But I really app ...more
“Long before President Barack Obama praised his work as “an all-encompassing, all-hands-on-deck anti-poverty e ...more
This book should be required reading for all Americans. Geoffrey Canada has not only written a coming of age story about a gifted child growing up in the ghetto but he also has a clear outline of ideas that will help reduce the violence children face today.
Geoffrey Canada survived a rough and tumble childhood, but even he was shocked when the drug trade switched over to crack and guns replaced fists and knives. Suddenly the rules of conduct no longer mattered. Guns allowed everyone to suddenly ...more
With plain language and unsentimental passion, through personal stories rather than stats, Canada describes the crazy war zone that poor children in America must navigate (or die trying). Against this backdrop he closes with a thumbnail ske ...more
I really enjoyed this book a lot. Honestly, this was probably my favorite book in Mr.Lakhaney's non-fiction section. One reason I liked this book was because ...more
I think about that a lot because I momentarily tumbled through the world of random street violence. It's hard for me to trust that a black teenager doesn't want my head on the pavement... but I know that most people out walking just want to get back home to watch TV or see a loved one. Even though I was an outsider to the neig ...more
The book was a heart-breaking look into our violent society.
Geoffrey Canada begins by describing his youth growing up in the South Bronx before the proliferation of guns. He was taught by his family, the culture of the streets, and common sense, that though he may not like it, he had to be violent to protect him ...more
Fist Stick Knife Gun is an amazing book and it is an interesting read. Fist Stick Knife Gun is a graphic novel but still portrays a powerful message. Fist Stick Knife Gun follows Geoffrey Canada through his life in the Bronx and it shows the well developed system of unwritten laws in place. Geoff is raised with three brothers and his mom in a bad neighborhood. This neighborhood has a system of fighting set up. The winners get to travel and play on the streets while the losers get to sit on the...more
This was a quick read, although it was nonfiction. This is the graphic novel edition, and there is obviously violence and cussing. Such was the way of Geoffrey's life in the Bronx. He doesn't soften anything, and as you read it, you realize this violence and always ...more
He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and a Master's degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.