My Bloody Life

Author: Reymundo Sanchez
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 9781569762325
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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.

Once A King Always A King

Author: Reymundo Sanchez
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 156976235X
Size: 66.97 MB
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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
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1569762856
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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
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231114189
Size: 10.78 MB
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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
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 141658417X
Size: 27.15 MB
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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.

Sunset Park Latin King

Author: Brandon Cory
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781419611100
Size: 60.68 MB
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STORY OF A YOUNG MAN WHO JOINS THE LATIN KINGS. GUNS, KNIVES, MURDER, DRUGS, HE SEES IT ALL. A MUST READ

100 Common Misconceptions About My Bloody Life

Author: Luke Syers
Publisher: Lennex
ISBN: 9785458796309
Size: 53.64 MB
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In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "My Bloody Life: The Making of a Latin King." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.

Inside The Crips

Author: Ann Pearlman
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466860995
Size: 49.60 MB
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Inside the Crips is the memoir of the author Colton Simpson's life as a Crip--beginning at the tender age of ten in the mid-seventies--and his prison turnaround nearly twenty-five years later. Colton ("C-Loc") Simpson calls himself the only gang member ever allowed to quite the Crips--and one of the few to survive into his thirties. Simpson--son of a ballplayer for the California Angels and a mother who was relentlessly rough with her sons after their fathers left her--became a gang member at ten. Inside The Crips tells the remarkable--and at the same time, all too common--story of gang life in the 1980s in immediate and descriptive prose that makes this book a gripping true-life read. Inside The Crips covers the rush that comes from participating in gang violence and the years-long wars between the Bloods and Crips. Simpson's story also puts the reader in the middle of the struggle between the Crips and corrections officers in Calipatria prison. It covers gang life from the mid-seventies to the mid-nineties, and introduces characters it's impossible not to care about: Simpson's fellow gangbanger Smile; and Gina, the long-suffering friend and mother of two sons who married Simpson in prison.

Gang Leader For A Day

Author: Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781594201509
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Recounts the story of a young sociologist whose infiltration of a Chicago drug gang was originally introduced in the work "Freakonomics," describing the author's idealism, his friendship with gang leader JT, and his witness to the organization's crack-sel

Lords Of Lawndale

Author: Michael Scott
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ISBN: 9781600473029
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"When we both made it to the other side of Fullerton, the swarm of Gangsters were off-running for their lives, far out of our reach. I was pissed. Fullerton traffic had delayed me and it gave these guys time to get away clean. Regardless of the distance, I pulled the trigger anyway, and opened up with the shotgun..." Based on actual events, this soul-gripping tale is an account of survival in the urban jungle of Chicago, in the 1980s. While embarked on his own street-journey, Michael Scott enters a world in which a band of brothers are locked in a desperate engagement, an Alamo-like siege of their hood. Amidst turbulent conditions, the narrator gives us all a ticket to ride next to him on this roller coaster ride, with its twist and turns of horror and frustration, suspense and humor. Following in the tradition of profound gang tales such as "The Outsiders" and "West Side Story," this must-read book goes beneath the hardcore surface to show the struggle of the human spirit.