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Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member
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Manchild in the Promised Land is indeed one of the most remarkable autobiographies of our time. This thinly fictionalized account of Claude Brown's childhood as a hardened, streetwise criminal trying …
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Underboss: Sammy the Bull Gravano's Story of Life in the Mafia
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“As wild, unpredictable, and fascinating as the man himself. ” —Complex
“A cautionary tale that ends in triumph.” —GQ
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