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Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh
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Jun 30, 12


If you live in Chicago, or have any interest in the lives of poor people in cities in the US you must read this book. Gang Leader for a Day is engaging, powerful, and believable. The only times I did not enjoy this book were when I couldn't deal with the difficult realities it laid out. This is not to say that it is bleak or a slog. The book moves at a cracking pace. The stories are personal and specific while painting a picture of a much larger world.
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message 1: by Dan (new) - rated it 5 stars

Dan Sirotkin It really did open my eyes to how incredibly different life is in the innercity, and if you're looking for more hard data about how the War on Drugs has targeted blacks and destroyed the black family and economic situation by targeting black males and locking up so many potential fathers and bread-winners, this piece has a ton of other corroborating evidence:

http://tremblethedevil.com/?p=2310


message 2: by Casey (new) - added it

Casey Thanks for the tip Kyle I may have to check that out.


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