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The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of an American Gang

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  57 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
In gangster lore, the Almighty Black P Stone Nation stands out among the most notorious street gangs. But how did teens from a poverty–stricken Chicago neighborhood build a powerful organization that united 21 individual gangs into a virtual nation?


Natalie Y. Moore and Lance Williams answer this and other questions in a provocative tale that features a colorful cast of ch
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 6th 2011 by Chicago Review Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Aug 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exceedingly well-researched, heartfelt, and even-handed book that was nonetheless a massive chore to read. I wish I could say otherwise, but this was a just-the-facts-ma'am chronology for the benefit of future scholars and researchers. It managed to hit all of the important points in the group's existence without ever giving one the day-to-day experience of being a Stone. It almost felt like certain aspects of the story had been embargoed pending final edit from one or more primary players in ...more
May 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars.

This book—eleven chapters, 88,000 words—badly needs editing. It's a mishmash of reporting, hortatory & hagiography. I almost gave up reading it midway, but I'm glad I didn't. The final chapter is good, informative. In fact, my notes indicate that I liked the Introduction and chapters 1 and 11.
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Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I learned about this book from reading "The Assassination of Fred Hampton", since they are both published by Lawrence Hill Books. The Blackstone Rangers were THE gang when I was growing up in Chicago. All I knew about them was what I heard on the news, and seeing their graffiti on buildings. "The Almighty Black P Stone Nation" does a pretty good job of describing how the Rangers got their start, with Jeff Fort and "Bull" Hairston, their transition to the Black P Stone Nation, and eventually to t ...more
Mar 05, 2011 rated it liked it
OK... this book fills a pretty big void. How was there no decent book on the Stones (Blackstone Rangers / El Rukns / Black P Stone Nation)? It gives a fairly accurate account (based on my limited knowledge) of the history and some insight into the main players. HOWEVER- the authors clearly have a bias and my eyes hurt from rolling so much. The authors repeatedly imply that the Stones are a "street organization" with a real commitment to the community. In the end I'm not even sure that the author ...more
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was almost perfect (and might be perfect for another reader). Well paced, accessible, informative, well-researched. There's some folksiness to the writing that grates at some of my training, but it doesn't at all take away from the book itself. The only part I really didn't enjoy was the sort of sanctimonious discussion by one of the authors about his recent work with this group at the very end of the book. It very much veered away from the objective story/history that was going on up ...more
Jun 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I heard about the El Rukns as a kid when they got arrested for working with Qhaddafi (funny how the man never seems to go away). And somewhere along the way I've heard of the Blackstone Rangers. So, I was curious.

I know nothing about gangs or the history of gangs, but this was an interesting read. The Rangers, in and of themselves, were incredibly contradictory: involved in the Civil Rights movement, becoming devout Muslims, into drugs, racketeering, and murder. You can tell the authors are fair
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a really good book. I've actually met one of the co-authors, Dr. Lance Williams, and sat in on one of the classes he teaches at NEIU. I think this book is amuse read for Chicago teachers, as well as those interested in the history of Chicago street gangs and how at least one of the many in the city managed to rise to prominence. My only complaint, if any, is that the book seems to get scattered in focus towards the tail end. Lots of amazing information though. I would definite ...more
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
This was well-researched and I learned a lot, but it was a very disjointed read for me. The chapters seemed choppy and dates jumped around for no reason, making it confusing. There were quite a few instances where I couldn't help but say out loud, "I know, you told us that five times already" - there was quite a bit of repetition of facts. Slang was also used in this book, mostly without definition, and although I was familiar with words and phrases, I think a lot of readers may not be.
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating read on the late 20th century South Side. Yes world, gang members are people too. If the system and you don't work well together-- be it work, school, family, church-- you can adapt or fit, exit, or try to change the system from the inside. For the youth of Chicago's south side, they exited the system and created their own. It's human nature.
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
A really thoughtful study of the trajectory of this gang (which has gone through several name permutations), which in its heyday was centered just south of my workplace. I had no idea that for a while its leaders & many members got regular funding for community organizing & other work (War on Poverty & other federal funds administered by a church & nonprofit agency).
Feb 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, chicago
Not the best book ever, but I never knew about El-Rukn and the Libyan connection. Interesting stuff.
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