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    1. The Outfit: The Role of Chicago's Underworld in the Shaping of Modern America
    by Gus Russo
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    Asin: 1582341761
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-24)
    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
    Sales Rank: 73658
    Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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    The never-before-told story of the great Chicago crime family called The Outfit.

    It is a common misperception that all the true-life organized crime stories have been written. Yet perhaps the most compelling gangster tale is one that has been, until now, too well-hidden. This is the story of the Outfit: the secretive organized crime cartel that began its reign in prohibition-era Chicago before becoming the real puppet master of Hollywood, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C.

    The Outfit recounts the adventures and exploits of its bosses, Tony 'Joe Batters' Accardo (the real Godfather), Murray 'The Camel' or 'Curly' Humphreys (one of the greatest political fixers and union organizers this country has ever known), Paul 'The Waiter' Ricca, and Johnny Rosselli (the liaison between the shadowy world and the outside world). Their invisibility was their strength, and what kept their leader from ever spending a single night in jail. The Outfit bosses were the epitome of style and grace, moving effortlessly among national political figures and Hollywood studio heads-until their world started to crumble in the 1970s.

    With extensive research including recently released FBI files, the Chicago Crime files of entertainer Steve Allen, first-ever access to the voluminous working papers of the Kefauver Committee, original interviews with the members of the Fourth Estate who pursued the Outfit for forty years, and exclusive access to the journals of Humphrey's widow, veteran journalist Gus Russo uncovers sixty years of corruption and influence, and examines the shadow history of the United States.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars I hope the Pulitzer people read this book.....
    This is the first book that I have recommended for the Pulitzer, and this book richly deserves the honor and many more to be heaped upon it.
    This book is a fascinating and well researched book, but it is much more than that. It is funny, smartly written and so entertaining that the book is actually a real page turner. The book is a real eye opener to the inner workings of the Chicago mafia and their dealings with the upperworld and political figures spanning 50 years. This book is shocking! The Outfit describes in great detail the association between the mafia and Truman, Lyndon Johnson, The Kennedy's, and numerous state and federal officials.
    The book also details the life of Curly Humphreys, the most important mob figure, Tony Accardo, Paul Ricca, Johnny Rosselli, Sam "Momo" Giancana, and Al Capone. The book is rich in details of their lives, it tells of all their exploits and describes their murders, rackets, and other operations. The book breaks down myths and realities regarding certain aspects of their businesses. They talk about the control of unions, the fixing of the Kennedy election, Las Vegas, and various other well known mob exploits that are often surrounded in modern day folklore.
    This book is absolutely excellent and it will give you straight facts, which is the most amazing aspect. While entertaining, it is extensively researched which is the best part of the book.

    I highly recommend this book, you will not be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Compelling Look at the Chicago Mob After Capone
    "The Outfit" is a well written, thoroughly comprehensive look at the post-Capone history of organized crime in the city of Chicago. Gus Russo does an excellent job of leaving no stone unturned as he chronicles the Outfit's activity from the jailing of Capone to its decline in the 90s. Along the way we meet the gangsters who made the Chicago mob rich and famous: Tony "Joe Batters" Accardo, Paul "the Waiter" Ricca, "Curly" Humphries, Johnny Roselli,Jake "Greasy Thumb" Guzik, and Sam "Mooney" Giancana. Russo discusses the role of each in making the Chicago Syndicate the power it was in the world of organized crime.

    Russo's breezy style makes "The Outfit" an absolute joy to read, deftly mixing facts and ancedotes like a master chef. Read about the takeover of IATSE, the Hollywood union, and the infiltration of the mob into the world of the Hollywood studios; the Mob's entry and takeover of Las Vegas; the infiltration into the Teamsters and the scheming of the Outfit to fix the 1960 presidential election and what happened when they were doublecrossed. It was by no means a smooth ride - along the way Russo details the eforts of law enforcement to balance the books, so to speak, with the result that the Outfit always had to keep scheming, keep looking, for new rackets and businesses to infiltrate. Russo keeps the pages turning with a compelling style that makes the book's 550 pages seem like 100 when you hit the end.

    Few books even attempt to cover the history of the Chicago Mob after Al Capone left the scene. Fewer still are this enjoyuable. A must for crime historians and those just interested in a good book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars overrated author
    I found alot of the authors references extremely dubious. For example, if Murray Humphries was such a smart mobster I find it hard to believe that he would allow his wife to keep a written journal detailing how the Kennedy election was fixed. The author also left out details of references to bolster his case that with the death of Tony Accordo the Outfit died also. When he cites an article called "Mob Lite" stating that there are only 50 outfit members remaining, he left out the part stating that there are at 700-1200 associates remaining and how they are more sophisticated than ever. I only wonder what else he left out.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sets a New Standard
    This is about as good as it gets in terms of criminal history. I agree with others that some of the secondary sources Russo cites are questionable (my eyes crossed when he cited the discredited "Last Testament of Lucky Luciano"), but Russo does an excellent job of placing the Outfit in historical context and telling their tale. Much previous writing on American organized crime has focused on the fractious and colorful New York families, but after you do a certain amount of reading, it begins to occur to you that the guys in Chicago seem to have a finger in every pie, but (after Capone) a knack for staying out of the papers. Russo makes the argument that the Outfit was actually much more powerful and cohesive than the New York families and had a much greater influence on American politics and culture. He convinced me.

    I am also convinced by Russo's basic thesis -- that "upperworld crime" utterly dwarfs underworld crime, both in terms of dollar volume and its affect on society. For example, it would take a thousand Outfits a thousand years to steal as much money as Wall Street did during the dotcom bubble.

    Thorough, well-organized, but never dry, this book will probably stand as the best work on the subject for many years to come.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The web of power
    Russo has finally written the book that begged to be written: detailing the close interaction sociologically, politically, etc., between the "underworld" as he so aptly calls it and the "upperworld" of nominally respectable business, politics, etc. Michel Foucault would be proud of him. As Al Capone put it: "Everyone is on the take." This book demolishes many stereotypes and cherished myths about both the "mob" and "respectable" business and politics. A sociological bombshell - not for the faint of intellect. ... Read more


    2. Jerry Capeci's Gang Land
    by Jerry Capeci
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    Asin: 1592571336
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
    Publisher: Alpha Books
    Sales Rank: 20862
    Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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    In 1987, seasoned journalist Jerry Capeci was hired by the New York Daily News to cover the crime beat. His reporting on the Mafia proved so popular that he was given a weekly column, which was tagged "Jerry Capeci's Gangland."

    "Gangland" was an immediate hit with New Yorkers and continued for almost seven years. Capeci wrote on the everyday trials and tribulations of La Cosa Nostra, putting the mob under a microscope and laying bare the inner workings and day-to-day operations of both mob bosses and low-level street soldiers alike. He reported on such major mob events as John Gotti's murder conviction and Sammy "the Bull"Gravano's testimony that put Gotti behind bars.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Stories
    Great book, I have not read the NY columns, great way to catch up on 15 years of the mob.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun and fascinating
    This is a well written journey through all the TRUE CRIME we love reading about in novels and watching on TV or at the movies. Capeci's construction of episodes is solid and gives them a gritty realism that really brings them alive.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tales of the Real Life Sopranos
    New York City has always been notorious as one of the capitals of Organized Crime (Chicago is the other). And those of us who follow the doings of the Mob have been fortunate over the years to read Jerry Capeci's "Gangland" columns in the New York Daily News. Capeci encapulated the doings of the Five Families each week in a column written with a panache and style rarely seen these days. His column was so incisive that John Gotti reputedly considered issuing a contract on him.

    Those who were not fortunate enough to read Capeci's columns when they originally ran can now rejoice with the publication of "Jerry Capeci's Gangland," a compilation of his columns over the years. This is more than just plain good writing; it is living history, a chronicle of the times when infighting coincided with RICO indictments to diminish the power and glory of New York's Five Families.

    Compelling from beginning to end, this is a book any interested reader should have on his or her shelf.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Godfather of Mafia Journalism...
    Jerry's great collection of real-life mob stories proves once again why he's the ultimate authority on the Mafia. Another good book by a good fella. Can't wait for the next one!

    5-0 out of 5 stars it's about time...
    that this collection was assembled. the one thing i'm wondering is how jerry could even choose the best of... but this is definitely worth the wait. plus, with its striking design and unique size this book is a perfect gift for a mob aficionado or any reader who appreciates the art of journalism. jerry knows his craft well! ... Read more


    3. G-dog And The Homeboys: Father Greg Boyle And The Gangs Of East Los Angeles
    by Celeste Fremon
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    Asin: 0826335365
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
    Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
    Sales Rank: 55973
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    Originally published in 1995, this paperback edition updates us on the lives of the homeboys with whom Father Greg Boyle continues to work, allowing for a unique analysis as to how some former gang members are able to make it out, while others are not. ... Read more


    4. Inner City Miracle
    by GREG MATHIS
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    Asin: 0345446429
    Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
    Publisher: One World/Ballantine
    Sales Rank: 23534
    Average Customer Review: 3.89 out of 5 stars
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    Millions have seen him on his nationwide TV show, dispensing justice in his own charismatic style. But Judge Greg Mathis’s own rise to success has been a trial by fire. In this truly candid memoir, his harrowing life on both sides of the law is revealed for the first time.

    It starts in Detroit—but far from the court where Greg would one day preside. Raised in the hell of the Herman Garden Projects, he grows to become a “bad-ass, cool-dressing, do-anything gangsta.” His father gone, his mother juggling two jobs, he falls in with the Errol Flynns—“funkified English gentlemen” in three-piece suits and Borsalino hats, urban Robin Hoods who are truly stylish as they steal from everyone and give to themselves.

    Considered bright but incorrigible, Greg is sent to stay in his middle-class cousin’s mixed neighborhood, where he enlists the local white youth in wrongdoing. Even jail can’t keep him from going bad again once he gets out. Then a threat to his beloved mother causes a shaken Greg to make a promise in a prayer to God: save my mother and I will straighten up.

    To his and everyone else’s surprise, he keeps his side of the bargain. Inspired by The Autobiography of Malcolm X, working at McDonald’s by day and attending classes by night, Greg pulls himself through high school and college and then law school, using in positive ways the innate intelligence that made him a master at crime. Soon he becomes the youngest judge in Michigan history, a District Court judge and, at last, undaunted by the odds and propelled by his personal story, a sought-after and highly paid TV star.

    In its blunt, bold, and sometimes hair-raising honesty, Inner City Miracle is both a cautionary and an inspiring story, one sure to stun all those who come to Judge Mathis’s TV courtroom every day.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars i like judge mathis
    I THINK JUDGE IS A POSITIVE PERSON ,AND HIS STORY SPEAKS FOR IT SELF, IT IS UPTO YOU TO MAKE A DIFFERENT IN YOUR LIFE. YOU CAN DO IF YOU WANT IT BAD ENOUGH. AND I FEEL IT IS ALL WANT YOU WANT OUT OF LIFE. WITH PRAY, AND WITH GOOD PEOPLE BEHIND YOU WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENT. AND IT GOES TO SHOW AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT JUDGE MATHIS DIDWITH GODS HELP. BECAUSE HE HAD TO HAVE GOD IN HIS LIFE IN OTHER TO GET AS FAR AS HE GOTTEN. I LOVE THE MAN, HE MAKES MY DAY. AND MAY GOD CON'T TO BLESS HIM AND HIS FAMILY. AND FROM WHAT I HAVE READ SO FAR I LOVE THE BOOK. HE IS A ROLL MODEL I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO MEET HIM . ONE DAY
    AND I LOVE HIS SHOW KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.BECAUSE HE IS A COMDEIAN ALSO HE COULD BE ONE

    1-0 out of 5 stars Inner City Debacle
    Judge Mathis is an ass! His book was even worse than his show, which I didn't think was possible. He's a disgrace to his profession, and I hope nobody takes any of the advice in this work of fiction. This guy is either a liar or a hypocrite....pick one. Hey "The Honorable" Greg......get your own house together before you lecture others, you jackass.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for People from All Walks of Life
    The courage Greg Mathis exhibited in turning his life around is phenomenal! This book not only serves as inspiration for inner-city young people but anyone who has taken a wrong turn in life. This wrong turn could be criminal in nature or it could be a mistake in choosing a mate or career. Whatever the mistake or wrong turn, Greg Mathis' life proves you can "turn it around." I know Greg on a personal basis and met him through my friendship with his aunt Eva and her son, Walter. I can truly say Greg is a compassionate and down to earth man who freely shares his blessings with family and friends.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Miracles Do Happen In The Innercity
    I was originally drawn to this book about Greg Mathis because while in an airport traveling from Chicago back to LA, I happened to catch his tv show. I was impressed by his style in the courtroom so when I heard that he had written a book about his story, I thought let me pick it up. I had no idea about his background so at first I was physically afraid of this young Greg Mathis in which his book went on to described. I continued to read because I kept thinking when is the miracle going to happen. I was not sure that he would ever become anything more than what he was at the time, a thug and a criminal. Finally, more than half way through the book, the miracle happened and I found myself rooting for the young man, Greg Mathis. In short, his story touched my heart in a different way. Although I'm an african american women and grew up in Chicago during the 1960s and 1970s. The life that Judge Mathis described in his book was foreign to me. But I was so impressed with his determination, preseverance, hard work and his ability to never give up. While I don't have a lot of street smarts I found myself thinking perhaps I had been more judgmental in my past about the young boys who grew up in the project because I totally saw the change in Judge Mathis in this book. I'm glad that I read it and have been sharing with others that it is definitely a must read for all ages. The bottom line is anybody can be anything they want to be if they work at it and become discipline. Kudos to Judge Mathis and other african american males who have decided to allow the miracle to happen in their lives.

    4-0 out of 5 stars You can succeed despite the odds
    The person who we see on television, and recognize as a no nonsense type of character, Judge Greg Mathis has lead an interesting life. If you watch his program, her very often alludes to his childhood but to get a deeper understanding, you have to read Inner City Miracle. Sure he's brash, but he's real. The youngest of 4 children, Greg was an oxymoron- a contradiction between what his mother wanted him to be and what he wanted to be. A student who excelled in class work, but arguably was the meanest bully in school. Teachers struggled with him' great grades but a horrible attitude. His idols were gangsters, pimps, drug dealers- the malcontents of society who always had money and loved to flash it. Growing up poor, naturally the lure of money was enticing. His older brothers weren't role models for they too aspired to greatness with little regard to the law. Greg and his siblings were lucky that they didn't meet their maker at a young age. His mother was the family backbone. She ruled with tough love, often kicking out her older sons until they could prove they were worthy of returning to the fold. Back to contradictions, he always strived to please her. His good grades, his weekly attendance in church services, his participation in church activities, his innate need to care for his mother made his other side so unbelievable. Mother wanted all of her children to succeed but there came a point when she even had to call the police on Greg. This was the turning point in a troubled young man's life.

    As Judge Mathis has publicly said on many occasions, the system that sentences so many youth to prison is the same system that helped him become the person that he is today. Defining change came when he was incarcerated and had visiting time with his mother. She told him that she was dying and that he needed to do something else with his life. He began from that point forward, a lifestyle that would make his mother proud. The judge sentenced him to get a GED and get a job or he would be back in jail. He did just that. He didn't stop there, he went on to college, he worked in city government, he managed election campaigns for Jesse Jackson, he married, he went to law school, and sued for the right to practice law in spite of his criminal background. His mother saw none of this but he believes that she's with him and still motivating him today.

    Inner City Miracle is an inspirational story, one that should be read by all of the seemingly hopeless youths of today. This should be required reading for those in juvenile detention. There is hope, in spite of present circumstances if you feel motivated. Judge Greg Mathis, and countless others, are proof. Out of ashes can rise a phoenix. Just because things look a certain way doesn't automatically define the future. ... Read more


    5. Mad About the Sixties : The Best of the Decade (Mad about the Sixties)
    by MAD Magazine, "The Usual Gang of Idiots"
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    Asin: 0316334189
    Catlog: Book (1995-09-01)
    Publisher: Little, Brown
    Sales Rank: 122364
    Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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    When American kids of a certain vintage--Bill Clinton, for example, but not Bob Dole--put down their childish things, they picked up MAD magazine. It didn't leave their hands until adulthood hit, and maybe after. The magazine ain't what it used to be, so it's easy to forget how keen it once was. MAD About the Sixties is a long-overdue collection of material from that seminal humor magazine's salad days. It's a welcome reminder that when MAD was good, it was very, very good: it featured solid writing coupled with great art, month after month. The movie andtelevision parodies ("Bats-Man," "Star Blech") are sure to be a hit, whether you saw the originals the first time around or as reruns. While it helps to have lived throughthe era--particularly for the ad parodies--there's enough generic daffiness in MAD About the Sixties to satisfy the reader who never saw Wings, much less Paul McCartney's other band. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars What the usual gang of idiots were up to during the Sixties
    What on earth ever made me think that "Mad" magazine was for kids? That might have been true when I it was rite of passage reading by the end of this decade, but it sure was not the case early on. For example, we are offered "A Day with J-F-K" (written by Larry Siegel and drawn by Mort Drucker) in which the President and everyone else launch into songs, all of which are sung to tunes by Gilbert & Sullivan. Now, even during the early years of the Sixties, how many "kids" knew just the tunes for "I Am the Captain of the Pinafore"? Sheesh, I STILL do not know that one, probably because my introduction to Gilbert & Sullivan came from Allen Sherman and Tom Lehrer, who were doing their own parodies.

    Anyhow, in "Mad About the Sixties: The Best of the Decade" as presented by "the usual gang of idiots," we have movie takeoffs on "201 Min. of a Space Idiocy," "East Side Story," and "Flawrence of Arabia" (which I actually remember reading the first time around) and TV satires including "Star Bleech," "Bananaz," "The Man from A.U.N.T.I.E.," "The Phewgitive," "Lizzie," and "Hokum's Heroes." That last one definitely shows Mad at its boldest as the suggestion is to replace their satricial version of "Hogan's Heroes" (a television sit com set in a German P.O.W. camp during World War II) with a similar fun show set in the Buchenwald concentration camp. That is pretty good for no-holds bared satirical humor.

    Add to the above classic examples of Spy vs. Spy, Sergio Aragones and his Mad Marginals, The Lighter Side, Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions, Scenes We'd Like to see, Don Martin, Mad-ison Avenue Ad Parodies, Mad Fold-Ins, and dozens of covers featuring Alfred E. Newman in all his glory. I checked out several of these "Mad" collections with regards to my Popular Culture class and if there is a better reminder of what was hot during a particular decade then I have yet to stumble across it in my "research." I especially liked the examples from the first part of this book, which looks at the Kennedy years. For most of us the assassination and the funeral pretty much overwhelm all other memories except for those exciting international crises like the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis. But "Mad" reminds us that once upon a time Kennedy was savagely lampooned just like all other presidents.

    So whether this particular collection is a walk down memory lane for you or an introduction to what "Mad" was up to years before your were born, if you have an appetite for serious social satire (especially when the subject is the Sixties, one of the most fun decades in American history), then check this one out.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Humorous Summary Of The Decade
    This book, which is a collection of things compiled from Mad Magazine, is funny summary of the decade. Mad About The 60's covers many of the most popular movies and tv shows from the 60's with their usual style of parody. This book also features many of the funniest cartoons that would appear monthly in the magazine such as Dave Berg, Don Martin, ect. Many of the featured elements of this book have a lot to do with the attitude, politics, and lifestyle of the 60's. For a Mad Magazine fan this book is a nice buy.

    4-0 out of 5 stars This is an OK book.
    What can one say about mad magazine? I've been reading for a long time. Even though I wasn't alive in the sixties, this book portrays them fairly well. Aside from Mad About The Seventies, this currently tops the Mad Magazine Humor list. With parodies of Gilbert and Sullivan, My Fair Lady,and Lawerence of arabia, this is a must read. My favriote section was in the late sixties. Overall, Superb.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great addition to lovers of Mad Magazine
    Anyone who has been following Mad, will really enjoy this book. It is a bit difficult to read like a novel. But, you keep coming back to it and each section keeps you smiling away.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This was a very funny novel.
    I enjoyed this book very much. IT told about all the things all of us grown ups really did in this book like Lsd and all those other drugs we injected into our bodies ... Read more


    6. The Masters of Deception : Gang That Ruled Cyberspace, The
    by Michele Slatalla
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    Asin: 0060926945
    Catlog: Book (1996-01-10)
    Publisher: Perennial
    Sales Rank: 143140
    Average Customer Review: 4.24 out of 5 stars
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    On January 15, 1990, the AT&T long-distance phone network crashed. Although it was eventually ruled an accident, the event was a wake-up call to telephone companies and law enforcement agencies everywhere, exposing the fragility of the systems that we all heavily depend on. The feds decided that the time had come to crack down on the handful of computer hackers they had been monitoring for several years in connection with the phone companies. The term "hacker" is about to become a household word, and not in the sense of "great programming."

    Set against this backdrop, two rival gangs--The Legion of Doom and The Masters of Deception--are about to go to war. What sounds like a clash of comic-book supervillains is actually a feud between factions of teenagers, fueled by misunderstandings and adolescent testosterone. The events leading up to the conflict and its climax are riveting and fun. The book features great depictions of some of the earliest celebrities of hackerdom, including Acid Phreak and Phiber Optik, as well as tales of their exploits and rivalries. Slatalla and Quittner do a great job of portraying the principals as both the powerful cyberspace masters they want to be and the scared, emotional young men they really are.

    There is also a nostalgic attraction at work in Masters of Deception. Anyone who remembers their first Commie 64 or TRS-80 will long for those golden days and be thankful that they were elsewhere when the Secret Service came calling. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars a great read, even for the non-techies
    This is a fascinating journey into the world of international computer networks just before the birth of the Internet. While I do not fully understand the technical aspects of computer hacking in those days (much less now), my lack of knowledge did not hinder my understanding of the tale woven by these two fine authors. Good and evil are drawn with muddy lines, and the boundaries between curiosity and destruction are hard to define. I wavered between sympathy for the hacker protagonists and sympathy for those they hacked. In the end, I felt a little cheated by the sympathetic slant the story took. I think I would have more feeling for those boys if I could have seen how they changed and matured once the whip came down. Paul is the only one I feel could have actually turned himself around and made good, but perhaps the others truly did so. The book was published nearly ten years ago. I wonder if it is possible to find out what happened to the five after this story ended?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Never put it down
    I read this book a while ago, but I was still so impressed by it that as I'm showing a friend of mine the web page here I couldn't help but add a review. My aunt bought me this book for Christmas, and I put it down only once over the course of two days. Masters of Deception brought to me, a teenager in the computer age, a wonderfully vivid description of what it was like to be a pioneer in the world of the Internet. With 100,000,000 people on the net or however many there are now, companies have become so security aware that adventures like the ones in the book require an amazing amount of expertise. Not to mention how much damage we can do now that the computing sector makes so much money. But the point is that through this book we're able to relive the experience, with all of the wonder and naive excitement that comes with exploring new territory, and we don't have to damage anything. The book was technically vivid, emotionally engaging, and just plain fascinating.

    4-0 out of 5 stars "Easy to Understand" Hacking
    Michelle Slatalla and Joshua Quittner's Masters of Deception: The Gang that Ruled Cyberspace is about hackers, more specifically hackers that enjoy entering into the telephone companies computers and looking around or as they call it, "research." I recently borrowed this from our library for an assignment, and am planning on purchasing it and reading many times more.
    The book follows the path of the MOD boys as the deal with pranks and "pliks" along with some very weird Secret Service raids. Quittner and Slatalla make this possibly boring read come to life by explaining all of the hacker underground in laymen terms.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Skip this one
    If you want a book on computer cracking that you can't put down, that will keep you up past your bedtime -- then skip this one and get The Cuckoo's Egg by Cliff Stoll. Factual and detailed. The Masters of Deception is more a feelgood fuzzy kind of sociological study, light on facts and correlations. Not one to read a second time.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting... but dated
    Back in 1990 a small gang of telephone hackers managed to bring down the entire AT&T long lines network through what was essentially very crude hacking: They found the login and password for a major AT&T switch, and they shut it down. In terms of technical skill, this is about as sophisticated as disabling a car by stealing the battery. But at the time, when AT&T was looked on as the rock Gibralter, it was shocking that a group of kids could manage to bring it down so easily.

    Since then, both phone switch technology and the skills of hackers have increased, phone and computer technology has exploded in dozens of new wired and wireless services, and the Web has replaced the phone company as the target of many a youthful discordian. Given that, the tales of teenagers poking about in telephone switches and wide-open databases is pretty boring.

    The real heart of the story of "Masters" isn't the technology, of course, but the sociology and the personalities of the teens involved. When this story first broke, the players were portrayed as young geniuses who had mastered an arcane technology and beaten the giant phone company at their own game. The truth is somewhat less impressive and less interesting. None of these kids were geniuses, although they were for the most part pretty bright. Most of their hacks involved diving in dumpsters for technical manuals or posing as AT&T employees to gain access and information. What they were doing was as much con games as anything, and what they did with the information they gleaned wasn't terribly sophisticated or imaginative. Nor were they themselves particularly sophisticated in hiding their tracks- even after being charged with crimes they continued hacking away at other computer systems.

    In the end, there really isn't much to tell. A few teens and post teens get prison sentences. And no one seems to have learned very much. ... Read more


    7. Uprising
    by Yusuf Jah, Sister Shah'keyah
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    Asin: 0684825376
    Catlog: Book (1997-02-25)
    Publisher: Touchstone
    Sales Rank: 243211
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    From the authors of Nation Conscious Rap comes a powerfully raw, intimate history of gang life in South Central L.A. In detailed interviews, gang members of the Crips and Bloods open up on a wide range of issues, including the bonds of the gang brotherhood, the significance of gansta rap, the despair of welfare, and the scourge of drugs. Photos. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Life ain't all you think it is
    This book is not understood by many people, mainly the white race is taking charge of black men in gangs, yeah many of us black men today gang bang today, and what are you all going to do about it? the only thing I can tell y'all is to take this seriously and you know this is a black thing, we are taking charge of our lives cuzz.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Out dated book good history though
    Great history of gangs, everything in here is true.

    Except a lot of these guys talk about coming together as black people against the oppressive white man. Total garbage. Why get together against the white man? What kind of ingorance is this?

    They seem to love their gang history as well, unfortunately gangs are pretty pathetic. They are not like the mafia at all, nothing romantic with these people, they are just poor people who are drug crazed and kill each other over 5 dollar bills, or simply because of a stupid color?

    5-0 out of 5 stars An eye opening book that informs and inspires.
    This book taught me more about the inner workings of gangs than any newspaper article or magazine piece I have ever read. Finally I have begun to grasp what is truly going on in the hearts and minds of gang members. It is a mind opening book and I encourage all people to read it especially educators. ... Read more


    8. Mad About the Seventies : The Best of the Decade
    by MAD Magazine, "The Usual Gang of Idiots"
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    Asin: 0316328022
    Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
    Publisher: Little, Brown
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    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Mad Just Before the Decline.
    Mad as a magazine hit its pinacle in the mid 1960s and then began a decline away from the adult readership to the aimed at kids pap it is today.

    The 1970s was however was a fertile period but you can see Mad's shift away from social issues towards the entertainment industry.

    Still a fun read though.

    4-0 out of 5 stars When MAD was at its best!
    Reading this book shows you MAD Magazine as it once was, the only place where anyone and anything can be slammed without stirring contrversy. I am a MAD subscriber and the issues I get have a lot of sexual innuendo or white trash humor or stereotypes of young adult life. (But it's still funny) MAD was great in the 70s, and am I glad to own a copy of this!

    5-0 out of 5 stars hysterically funny remembrances of the seventies
    If you lived through the seventies, and watched t.v. and movies during that period, this will bring all of the fun memories back to you! The satires of the movies and t.v. shows are, in particular, HILARIOUS!!! ... Read more


    9. Gang of Five: Leaders at the Center of the Conservative Ascendacy
    by Nina J. Easton
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    Asin: 0743203208
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-09)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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    In Gang of Five, bestselling author Nina J. Easton reveals the hidden history of American politics in the last thirty years. It's the story of the other, less well-known segment of the baby-boom generation: young conservative activists who arrived on campus in the 1970s in rebellion against everything "sixties" and went on to overturn the political dynamics of our country. Gang of Five focuses on the lives and careers of five major figures.

    BILL KRISTOL, the Harvard-educated intellectual and Weekly Standard publisher

    RALPH REED, the hardball politico and strategist for the Christian right

    CLINT BOLICK, the constitutional lawyer and "bleeding heart" libertarian

    GROVER NORQUIST, the anti-tax activist and leader of the so-called vast right-wing conspiracy

    DAVID McINTOSH, the fresh-faced congressman and architect of the Right's war on regulation

    Gang of Five is a major contribution to contemporary history that explains how we arrived at the politics of today. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Learn about the internal makeup of the conservative movement
    Being a Leftist, I didn't know much about how the conservative movement actually works. After reading this book, I think I understand it a little better. I had always known that the Republican Party is fractured, with religious conservatives and economic libertarians forming a coalition of people who have little in common with one another. This book showed me that there are even more divisions than that.

    It also showed me how the conservative movement has changed. In this profile of five relatively young conservative leaders, you won't find any mention of Jesse Helms as a role model. The Republican Party is trying to smooth the edges a little bit.

    Of the five leaders whose lives are profiled (Grover Norquist, Ralph Reed, Clint Bolick, David McIntosh, and Bill Kristol), I found Ralph Reed's to be the most interesting. I really didn't know how moderate he is. After his almost comical exploits as a young man trying to rig elections, his maturity and conversion come off as being genuine if incomplete. I loved the parts of the book where Ralph Reed tries to moderate the conservative christian message and is undercut by his own followers, who are much more interested in being anti-abortion crusaders than in crafting a complex social policy. When he missteps, it is usually by presuming to speak for them in ways for which they would not approve.

    Grover Norquist comes off as a Darth Vader-like character, a man almost completely blinded by his ideology. Reading about his torpedoing of a potential Colin Powell run for the presidency and about his thinly disguised sympathy for separatist militia groups, one is reminded of the ugly face of conservatism that earned it the traditional brand "mean-spirited". But one also realizes that people like Bill Kristol disapprove of that sort of thing vociferously, and still call themselves conservatives. Norquist operates under the supposition that 60% of the people of the country are Rightists, and that Democrats only win by cheating, but it seems that not even 60% of Republicans would meet his definition of a Rightist.

    This book chronicles the intellectual development, the rise to power, the internal conflicts, the illusions and delusions, the lessons learned through hard experience, and the ultimate disappoinment of the Right's leaders before, during, and after the Republican Revolution of 1994. As a liberal reader, I recommend it as a great primer. I don't know what a conservative reader would think of it. ... Read more


    10. The Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation:Street Politics and the Transformation of a New York City Gang
    by David C. Brotherton, Luis Barrios
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    Asin: 0231114192
    Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
    Publisher: Columbia University Press
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Important addition to the literature on street organizations
    Few books are currently available on street organizations (commonly referred to by sociologists, anthropologists and criminologists as "gangs") that present both an insider perspective and outsider analysis, and place these social formations into the context of both the contemporary and historical variables that cause their formation, and direct their transformation into radical political organizations.

    Without romanticizing the negative elements of the gang phenomena, this study offers a counter-perspective to the criminological canon, and challenges the theoretical assumptions proffered in all but a few standard texts on gang-behavior.

    A must read for those interested in the underclass debates, Latino/a youth culture, and grass roots social movements. ... Read more


    11. I Was a Killer for the Hells Angels : The Story of Serge Quesnal
    by PIERRE MARTINEAU
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    Asin: 0771054920
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-07)
    Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
    Sales Rank: 48334
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    The shocking confession of a five-time murderer

    When I arrived at the restaurant, my boss gave me a wad of $20 bills, which amounted to some $2,000. He was acting as though money was burning a hole in his pockets. But this suited me fine. Melou often acted that way. He didn’t want me to run out of money. A happy killer is a productive killer.

    When he was fifteen years old, Serge Quesnel started hanging out in strip bars and committing minor thefts and burglaries. He soon became known to the police. He learned more about crime when he served time, first in a detention centre, and then later in the infamous Donnacona federal penitentiary. On his release, he was ready to realize his true ambition, to become a confederate of the Hells Angels.

    To achieve this ambition, he set out to prove that he could hurt, maim, and kill people efficiently and without a qualm. His first murder victim was a drug dealer who was giving the local Angels chapter trouble. He and a friend beat the dealer to a pulp and then calmly wiped the crime scene clean of fingerprints. The Angels were impressed. He moved to Trois-Rivières and became a full-time enforcer.

    Quesnel, having now “sold out” to the authorities and assumed a new identity, tells his story of violence and betrayal in chilling detail to Quebec journalist, Pierre Martineau. The resulting chronicle is a modern crime classic.
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    1-0 out of 5 stars I was a killer for the Hells Angels: The Story of Serge
    Not a very good or entertaining book. More of a ramblimg egomaniac's diary. The book did not contain much detail on the events and jumped around way too much. He tries to make himself into a heavy and when it got hot he turned.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
    I just finished reading this book yesterday. It's a great book, not much detail in regards to the angels, it's just a biography on one of it's members. Good story, very easy read. ... Read more


    12. Hell's Angels: "Three Can Keep a Secret If Two Are Dead"
    by Yves Lavigne
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    Catlog: Book (1989-09-01)
    Publisher: Citadel Trade
    Sales Rank: 37417
    Average Customer Review: 3.62 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Who is this guy?
    An apparently well researched and written book on the background and history of the Hell's Angels, as well as many of the other major 1% clubs. The book is ten years out of date as of this writing, and is mostly about things in Canada, but is still interesting. I have some problems with the stuff between the lines, so to speak. What is the author's agenda in writing a work like this? Why does he have such a vendetta against his subject? The book is loaded with dates, names and events, but lists no sources other than an occasional "police photo" caption. The author has apparently gleaned his facts from thin air or from informant interviews and occasional public files or both. Perhaps "Yves" is an ex-member with an axe to grind. Who Knows? An interesting read, but take it with a grain of salt (or a bag...)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good book if you know nothing of the outlaw biker life.
    Yves Lavigne did one hell of a job in researching this book. He accuratley describes events and details in the lives of the Angels from the beginning into the eighties. He tells of the terror reigned by the Angels, but is very light to touch on the subject of the fundraisers and benefits that the Angels host. The book tells of many events in the underworld, giving names and dates and horrifying pictures of crime scenes. It shows exactly what the Angels can do, when provoked. All around, a good book to learn about the "other side". Well written and full of information.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 3 can keep A Secret ... an outstanding read!!
    I thought the book was an outstanding read and in fact have read the book several times. I have no idea why some reviewers want to critique Mr. Lavigne's writing style or "vulgar" word selection so harshly. He is, after all, writing about the Hells Angels. I feel these folks are missing the main point of the book which is to give the reader and insightful look into the bike gang, their rituals, codes etc. To this end, Mr. Lavigne does an outstanding job! I found the book to be a very comprehensive portrait of the most famous of biker gangs. If these readers were so offended by some of Mr. Lavignes language, choice of words whatever then they need not be worried with researching the Hells Angels! Simply put, the book is by far the best and most insightful look into the inner workings of the Hells Angels that I have ever read - and I have read most all of the books on the Hells Angels out there. I strongly recommend it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars One more thing...
    I need to add one more thing to my review above. There are a number of glaring errors in the book that call into question how much first person research Mr. Lavigne did and how much was based on hearsay from bikers, law enforcement, or other sources. The first error may be considered minor - a map purporting to show the locations of various HAMC clubs places San Bernardino in Ventura county instead of San Bernardino County. Others include claiming that the P.O.B.O.B's where founded in San Bernardino (they were founded in Bloomington - hence the acronym, "Pissed Off Bastards Of Bloomington", a suburb of Fontana, California.) There are others, but all together they make you wonder how much of this is reasearch by the author and how much is taken from other less informed sources.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Crudity aside, a good documentary
    Yves Lavigne's unrelenting vulgarity takes away from what is otherwise an informative and well researched first-person account of the growth of the Hell's Angels growth from 50's rebels to 60's cause celebre to modern day mafia. Their ability to enforce omerta (the code of silence)among their members, at least in this account, makes them more effective, and more dangerous, than La Cosa Nostra. How much of this admittedly entertaining tale is truth and how much is fantasy? Only Mr. Lavigne and the Hell's Angels know with any certainty. ... Read more


    13. Do or Die
    by Leon Bing
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    Asin: 0060922915
    Catlog: Book (1992-05-20)
    Publisher: Perennial
    Sales Rank: 85211
    Average Customer Review: 4.06 out of 5 stars
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    Do or Die is the first insider account of teenage gangs--the lives, loves, and battles of children who kill--from the only journalist ever allowed inside this closed and dangerous world.

    This is no West Side Story. Welcome to a world where teenagers wear colostomy bags and have scrapbooks filled with funeral invitations; where a young man, after being shot in the chest, drives himself to the hospital; where another youngster, caught in crossfire, uses his girlfriend as a human shield; where teenage gangsters are kidnapped, tortured, and held for six-figure ransoms; where kids hum the latest movie's theme music while killing people. It's a world of clickheads, sherms, bangers, ballers, and mummyheads; a world where the strongest feelings of family come from other gang members; a world where the most potent feelings of self-worth come from murder.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars realistic and graphic
    This book is real, in your face, account of LA's street gangs. It is amazing that the author gained the trust of the people she interviewed. This book adds no "fluff" or drama. It is a real-life account what our young people face in the street everyday. This book is a MUST for those wanting to learn about gang members, their lives and our youth who are incarcarated. Whether you are a professional or student wiritng a paper, read this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent read and writing by Bing
    How can I say this in as few words. This is the perfect training manual for students who aspire to be professional journalists, sociologists, or news anchors; anything that requires training to be OBJECTIVE. How often do I see a television anchor jump up and say, "why that no good!..."? I don't have to understand it or even like it, but this is their story, their life experience, and Leon Bing had the courage to get out there and get the story. I had the incredible experience to interview and work with these inmates for the past six months. This book really should be accompanied with training and supervision as I gratefully received, because it takes a lot of professional self discipline to learn to stay objective and merely observe. It was difficult for me many times in reading this book to not interject my own biased feelings and opinions. But I decided to keep my cheap shot two bits out of this review, as I did with 'La Vida Loca' by Luis Rodriguez, another excellent account of gang life.

    4-0 out of 5 stars This woman has alot of heart
    For a white woman to walk around South Central, tagging along with bangers...I have to give it to her. It was a little patronizing and a tad too melodramatic sometimes but all in all, it was worth the read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great chronicle of what gangs are really like
    Do or Die is written in the best tradition of great American chroniclers of horrifying social conditions, societal and political neglect,and the breakdown of social and human norms. Leon Bings tells the story of South Central Los Angeles' teenage gangs of the late 80s and early 90s,who - in a frenzy of uncontrolled violence - set out to defend their part of the hood and put in work for the set - in other words, kill members of a hostile gang. It's a shocking tale of innercity 12-year olds entering enemy neighborhoods to blast other gangmembers' heads off, just like 12-year old suburban kids enter the opposite soccerteam's penalty area to score the decisive goal.
    The main narrators are the kids themselves, Bing only providing necessary background information and the thread that links individual experiences into a whole. Throughout the book she stays remarkably objective - never trying to hide her sympathy for G-Roc, Sidewinder, and Co., but not shying away from breaking with political correctness' irrevocable laws by describing one kid she visits in juvenile detention as somebody she "wants to be kept inside forever".
    As far as I know, Bing, who by the way is an ex-model turned journalist who comes from money, which makes her undertaking even more remarkable, was the first author to seriously investigate ganglife and write about it. Thus, one might not find in Do or Die some information and analysis contained in later books. The lack of the latter has its plusses, though, since one is not forced to follow a particular line of thought, but has the opportunity to arrive at one's own conclusions.
    Last but not least, the book is very well written. Bing's calm style alternates with the agitated torrent of gang speech. Relaxing moments, which, after all, still exist even in South Cental, take turn with descriptions of violent action. Overall, a great book. Required reading for anyone with only the slightest interest in gangs and urban America.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Realistic to the youth of the 1990's
    Do or Die is an excellent documentation of L.A. gang members.
    I liked how she described even the looks of these people.
    One of the gang members admits to shooting a baby, his parents, and his wife with an AK-47 because they were in his "hood" and the father was a former gang enemy. It also shows
    how idiotic these people are, they kill each other over the most stupid things, such as a girl, or a fight over "colors" and just for your info this book was written around 1990 which was a while ago, i would update your knowledge to a newer book, "COLORS" is dead...gang members don't kill over colors anymore that was many years ago (the 80's). ... Read more


    14. 8 Ball Chicks : A Year in the Violent World of Girl Gangsters
    by GINI SIKES
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    Catlog: Book (1997-01-01)
    Publisher: Doubleday
    Sales Rank: 327790
    Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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    "TJ had never killed anyone before, but then who knew forsure? Sticking a pump shotgun out of a moving car and blasting into acrowd--you could never really tell which bodies fell because of you,whose life you were accountable for..." The cover may be gaudy, butthis account of girl gangbangers is down-to-earth and refreshinglyfree of melodrama. In order to write 8 Ball Chicks journalist Gini Sikes spent a yearhanging out with girl gangs in Los Angeles, Milwaukee, and SanAntonio. As Salon writes, "Sikes's analysis is sparse and notparticularly illuminating ('Without an effective national policy foryouth, kids fell through the cracks in droves'), but she's got a goodear and the sense to step back and let her subjects seize themicrophone most of the time." ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly engrossing and disturbing -- a real eye opener!
    I had read a review of this book in Glamour a while ago and always meant to buy it -- I purchased it with a gift certificate on amazon -- I couldn't put the book down --- although at times I had to take a break because the stories and the fact that they were real life accounts were disturbing and at times heartbreaking -- coming from a white middle class upbringing I couldn't comprehend what would make a girl choose a gang -- nor could I comprehend giving up your childhood, your sexuality, self respect, morals, etc -- however, I now have a glimpse and it's amazing the determination and willpower these girls have in the face of adversity and little or no hope; where there is no adult or family member to turn to --- I feel for the girls who are condemned to this life and applaud them their courage to turn their lives around!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Utterly haunting
    This is the best book I've read in a long time. I couldn't put it down. It was both fascinating and frightening to look into the world of girls in gangs. It's very sad how most of the time neither male gang members nor police officers see any value in the girls, most of whom are depicted as being intensely intellignet and insightful. They're a group of people who slip through the cracks, so to speak; they're neglected by social workers, police think they're worthless, and male gang members think there's nothing wrong with beating a girl, even if she's pregnant. This book shocked me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Through the eyes of female gangs!
    Originally I was reading the book because in a play at my University, (the play was on female gangs), and needed to do a little research, but when I picked up the book and began to read, I found many more reasons not to put it down. What captured me the most about the book was the way Gini Sikes was able to give the most vivid image of gang life through that book, I have ever read. I felt like I was on those L.A. streets and in those San Antonio neighborhoods.

    I believe Gini Sikes not only captured the violent side of gang life but the human side. I was able to see these people, she wrote about, as more than "gang bangers", these people had lives and were living like any other person. Overall, this book is like a documentary written down. "Cocoa" and "Alicia" were having some normal troubles in their life and in some way or another, I could relate to that. It was things like man trouble, parent trouble, and school trouble, any usual young adult will go through those things (maybe not to the extreme. In my imagination, I visualized every part of the book as if it were a film.

    Last, I believe Gini Sikes was very brave for going into each neighborhood personally and seeing for herself "the life". I think this made the book a lot better and it put more feeling into the book. I don't think she would have been able to write a very affective book if she had not actually stepped into the world of gangs for a minute. In conclusion, Gini Sikes did her job in dissecting the life of female gangs through a book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Girl Gangs
    We hear so much about boy gangs, that sometime we forget that females, are just as involved in the gang life as guys. If you would like to see what's its like for girl gang members, you don't want to miss this book. In reading 8ball chicks you will find out that girl gangs can be just as dangerous as the guys. The book is very informative, about female and their role in gangs.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Even in the gang culture women are treated with no respect..
    A lot of people ask me about women in gangs. After reading Sikes book, I am able to fill in a lot of the blanks concerning women as "gang-bangers." It was tough to read about how some of these beautiful young girls were treated. You have to get back out there and write a sequel, please. Thank you Ms. Sikes, good job. ... Read more


    15. Once a King, Always a King: The Unmaking of a Latin King
    by Reymundo Sanchez
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    Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
    Publisher: Chicago Review Press
    Sales Rank: 36091
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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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 heartpounding scenes of his backslide into drugs, sex, and violence, Once a King, Always a King recounts how Sanchez wound up in prison 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. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars All the King's Horses and All the King's Men...
    'I just want to know why me, why...me!' Reymundo Sanchez wails during an explosive argument with his estranged sister about how, as a child, he suffered years of abuse at the hands of their mother. That question, which occurs about two-thirds of the way through this sorrowful memoir, haunts every page of this book, and indeed seems to have been the theme of much of Mr. Sanchez's scarred, young life.

    Born in 1963 to a 16-year-old mother and a 74-year-old father in the hilltop village of Cayey, Puerto Rico, Sanchez (a nom de guerre) survived being raped and beaten by his 18-year-old cousin at age five. After his father died, his mother quickly remarried, decamped Puerto Rico, and moved the family to Chicago. There, Sanchez suffered another wave of physical and psychological torment from his mother and stepfather (and, subsequently, a third father figure named 'Pedro') while his sisters seemed to escape much, if not all, of the mistreatment. At 13, Sanchez found himself alone on the mean streets of Chicago, after his mother cast him out of the family home.

    By the mid-1970s, the Latin Kings had established themselves as a highly organized megagang in Chicago, and their mantra 'Amor de Rey' ('King Love') seemed to hold the promise of a better, if not love-filled existence for Sanchez, who quickly joined. To his dismay, though, he found only further violence and ruinous relationships in his newly adopted 'family.' Still, as a gang member, there were other castaways with whom he could relate, and although he hated what was required of him to maintain his membership, at least he felt a sense of belonging.

    Eventually, even the brotherhood of the Kings proved to be an illusion, and for the next ten blood-splattered years, Sanchez existed at the fringes of society on the unkindness of strangers and on a steady diet of alcohol, cocaine, and loveless sex. In the name of the Latin Kings, he also returned to society much of the brutality that had been inflicted upon him, by participating in the usual gang fare of beatings, shootings, and other acts of violence and revenge.

    Most of these events are chronicled in Sanchez's first book, My Bloody Life: The Making of a Latin King (Chicago Review Press, 2000), a savage record of a young immigrant's cold life on the streets, whose hopeful finale had Sanchez quitting the Latin Kings and thinking ahead to college.

    In this tortured sequel, Sanchez lets us know that that is not how things turned out.

    Like Michael Corleone in The Godfather, Part III, Sanchez proved no match for the lure of la familia, and was pulled back into the thick of the Latin Kings' lucrative drug trade, despite numerous attempts to stay out. He acknowledges that trying to give up gang life 'is like trying to quit an addiction.'

    After he was arrested and convicted on a drug trafficking charge, the young gangbanger spent two years in a state prison, which, he says, turned out to be his salvation. Sanchez reports that it was a turning point in his life, and freely admits that, paradoxically, it was his membership in the Latin Kings that afforded him that singular opportunity. He used his time inside to educate himself, to write, and to begin reflecting on all that happened in his life ' this time from an adult perspective, and in relative seclusion.

    In a series of emotional hemorrhages, Sanchez resurrects his tangled past, in particular, several ill-starred sexual relationships he had with women he mistook for people who cared, in part, one would imagine, out of a desperate need to relieve his own immense suffering, to feel loved, and to feel, finally, a sense of belonging to someone, anyone. Only in a coda tacked on at the end of the book does he reveal perhaps the real source of his impulsive behavior, and it's as eye-opening as it is troubling.

    While the first half of Once a King focuses on Sanchez's misdeeds as a 'restored' member of the Latin Kings, the second half centers around his life-redeeming but ultimately ill-fated relationship with a discontented feminist named Marilyn. Marilyn seems to be the first person in Sanchez's life who challenges his intellect, and whom he can trust with the knowledge of his horrific past. It is therefore devastating to Sanchez when she uses his past against him in a heated and ultimately violent exchange that alters their relationship forever. As Sanchez recalls: 'The one and only person I had ever opened up to about that experience with my cousin had just used my own words to destroy me.'

    But destroy him it didn't. In a final chapter titled 'Here and Now,' Sanchez seems to have achieved another level of self-awareness and acceptance, even if he still seems disquieted about the past. Although his family's lifelong indifference toward him still haunts him, he has come to terms with it.

    As a sequel to My Bloody Life, Once a King is best understood in the context of the earlier book. Like its predecessor, it is a somber, intense pathography, but offers a somewhat deeper insight into its author's tender psyche.

    Sanchez's narrative style is effortless and evocative; its power lies in the naked honesty with which he chronicles his ultimate deliverance from the past. There are times when it seems he is revealing too much about himself; at other times, it's hard not to want to reach through the page, extract him from the situation he's in, and give him a life-affirming hug. Though the prose has its flaws ('Hearing the name made me mentally reminisce about the old days') and occasional clichés ('I had been robbed of my childhood and young adulthood'), Sanchez hits his mark so often, and with such resonance and candor, that it is easy to forgive him the occasional miss. -Jeff Evans, author of Undoing Time: American Prisoners in Their Own Words

    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Real
    I enjoy reading, in fact their is nothing that I enjoy more then curling up with a good book. I finished Part I, and when I realized their was a part II I ran to the bookstore and picked it up, this book is amazing, very easy to read, keeps you captivated from the moment you start to reading it, very exciting, and you only wish you can locate his mother and find out why she did the things she did. I am a native of Chicago and very familiar with all of the streets, and even Bellas Pizza, you only wish you could have been around to give the author the love he needed growing up. An excellent book, I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars True hero
    I read "My Bloody Life" in two days, and immediately picked up the next installment, "Once a King, Always a King". Last year through Americorps, I taught in an elemenatary school near Humboldt Park, with the majority of kids coming from that neighborhood. These books gave me insights on two levels. First, it gave me a glimpse of what some of these students go home to, and what their life is like after the bell rang at 3. I did not grow up in an inner city neighborhood, so these books are extremely valuable. Second, and most importantly, it gave me a sense how the parents of these children grew up, and how these cycles of behavior that Sanchez describes in the book are being repeated in their children and grandchildren with whom I worked. I work with children again this year, and now have a new sense of urgency to help these cycles of self-destruction stop. However, despite my best efforts, my words and actions cannot be validated in the same way that Sanchez's can - I did not grow up poor, surrounded by gang violence, etc. In that way, I applaud Sanchez's ability to be so candid and honest, for that is the only way to get his message across. I also applaud his ability to take ownership and responsibility for his actions, and rather than hide them, he boldly confronts them, challenges them, and grows. I could only imagine the demons that he confronted and overcame. He is a true hero in a time when we care more about who Jennifer Lopez sleeps with than children who are destroying themselves. So, I personally would like to thank him for giving fuel to the fight not just against gang violence, but against violence in general and injustices. It is a must read for, well, anyone. Oh, and by the way, Mr. Sanchez, if you doubt your impact, I recently was at Clemente for a presentation, and talked with a teacher. That teacher recommended the book, because of my familiarity with the neighborhood, and said, "It's like a Bible around here." Let's hope that these kids open their minds and hearts to your message.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A GREAT BOOK, A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THE GANG
    I was very happy when I found out there was a second part to "Making of a latin King" because the first book left you
    wondering, what next? well this book has answered my question and more!!!I feel it is a must read for every person involved in a gang, so they can know there is hope!! Living in Humboldt park all my life I couldnt help but appreciate the realism that was portrayed in this book, (Even eat the same pizza "Bella's) for the fans who felt the first book was full of violence!! this one deals with the aftermath of the violence, This is why I say this is a MUST READ!!!!!!!!! ... Read more


    16. The Little Rascals : The Life and Times of Our Gang
    by LEONARD MALTIN, RICHARD W. BANN
    list price: $21.00
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    Asin: 0517583259
    Catlog: Book (1992-11-24)
    Publisher: Three Rivers Press
    Sales Rank: 31381
    Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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    When originally published in 1977 as Our Gang, this book sold more than 52,000 copies. This new edition, with an extensive amount of fresh material, will prove irresistible to all fans of the most popular TV series of all time. Illustrations. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best film books of all time!
    Originally published in the late 1970s, this updated (1992) Little Rascals edition has many attractive features. A film by flim synopsis is featured, along with Maltin and Bann's personal reviews of each film. A comprehensive cast listing is included, along with release dates for each film, copious photos, information about Rascal "impostors," and detailed biographies of the major "Rascals." A background of Hal Roach Studios, where the Rascals movies were made, is also included. The updated edition features information about film production costs, and even has a section on the Our Gang Cafe!

    If you grew up watching the Little Rascals on television, you will love this book. Thoroughly researched and written, Maltin and Bann have concocted a book for every Rascals fan and movie buff. This is truly one of the best film books of all time. The book's only drawback are the constant gripes about two people: Director Anthony Mack and Rascals wartime leading lady Janet Burston. It is clear that their films are weak, but the constant griping about them wears thin after awhile.

    All in all, however, this is a book I could not put down; I am on my third copy, having worn out the first two. Last updated in 1992, this book begs for a 21st Century revision, considering that several "lost" Rascals have been located, along with a few of the previous "lost" films.

    A must have for every movie buff. 5 Stars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Real Story Behind:"The Little Rascals!"
    This is the first real book to take a look into the creation,development and success of a popular movie comedy series:"The Little Rascals!".Noted film historians:Leonard Maltin And Richard Bann give the readers insight into the creation of the earliest films,the choosing of the kids that appeared in the series.Plot synopsis,Air dates,behind the scene facts about the incidents that occured during the filming of the shorts and biographies of the cast members.the book also looks at the creation of the other film series that were shot at the studio and about the Man who started it all:Mr.Hal Roach.Maltin and Bann also include a look at "The Our Gang"series successful revival on local and network kids tv shows and two new chapters that were not in the original l977 manuscript:A look at the merchandising of "The Little Rascals"that occured long before the series tv revival and a bio about the series other guiding genius:Robert McGowan. Along with an entire new collection of rare photos and an updated of the book's text."The Little Rascals:The Life & Times Of The Our Gang!" is a must for fans of movie comedies,kids tv and for the history of truly talented and funny kid actors.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good companion to the films
    Like some reviewers, I bought this when it first came out in the 70s when I was a kid and a fan of the (edited) rascals episodes on TV. Good stuff as a whole, the only book you'll ever really need on the Rascals. You may disagree with some reviews and some of your favorite rascals films might get trahsed (in my case-Shiver My Timbers). But it does introduce you to the world of the Silent Our Gangs and it's safe to say this book may have created the market that exists for the Silent Gang films that are out on VHS and DVD. In either case-get the book and you'll see what I mean. An addendum may be needed since quite a few of the lost Silent Gang films have surfaced since the 1992 updating of this book (especially Hal Roach's favorite "Your Own Back yard" and the very first Our Gang film from 1922).

    5-0 out of 5 stars JUST THANKS FOR OUR GANG.
    THANKS AMAZON.COM I LOVE THE LITTLE RACALS. I HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR A BOOK ABOUT THEM FOR WHILE. AMAZON HAD IT. I REALY WANTED TO SAY
    JUST THANKS. I COULD NOT FIND JUST THANKS FOR MY BOOKS.
    IF YOU LOVE THE LITTLE RASCALS AND WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THEM GET
    THIS BOOK THE LITTLE RASCALS THE LIFE AND TIMES OF OUR GANG.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
    What can I say, this is one excellent book. It gives detailed information behind the scenes on the Little Rascals. It also give information on how there were many impostors trying to pose as being on the Little Rascals. According to the book there was never a "Freckles", "Fatso", etc. I also have all 21 volumes of the Cabin Fever which restored the films. I wish there was more information on the Jackie Condon from the silent era, he was my favorite Rascal. But overall if out of 5 stars I give it a 10! ... Read more


    17. Quantum Field Theory Of Many-body Systems: From The Origin Of Sound To An Origin Of Light And Electrons (Oxford Graduate Texts S.)
    by Xiao-Gang Wen
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    Asin: 0198530943
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-04)
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Sales Rank: 462677
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    For most of the last century, condensed matter physics has been dominated by band theory and Landau's symmetry breaking theory. In the last twenty years, however, there has been the emergence of a new paradigm associated with fractionalization, topological order, emergent gauge bosons and fermions, and string condensation. These new physical concepts are so fundamental that they may even influence our understanding of the origin of light and electrons in the universe. This book is a pedagogical and systematic introduction to the new concepts and quantum field theoretical methods in condensed matter physics. It discusses many basic notions in theoretical physics, which underlie physical phenomena in nature, including a notion that unifies light and electrons. Topics covered are dissipative quantum systems, boson condensation, symmetry breaking and gapless excitations, phase transitions, Fermi liquids, spin density wave states, Fermi and fractional statistics, quantum Hall effects, topological/quantum order, spin liquid and string condensation. Methods discussed include the path integral, Green's functions, mean-field theory, effective theory, renormalization group, bosonization in one- and higher dimensions, non-linear sigma-model, quantum gauge theory, dualities, slave-boson theory, and exactly soluble models beyond one-dimension. This book is aimed at bringing students to the frontiers of research in condensed matter physics. ... Read more


    18. HOLE IN THE WALL GANG COOKBOOK : KID-FRIENDLY RECIPES FOR FAMILIES TO MAKE TOGETHER
    by Paul Newman, A.E. Hotchner
    list price: $14.00
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    Asin: 0684848430
    Catlog: Book (1998-11-04)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Sales Rank: 186634
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Join Paul Newman and friends in the kitchen and at the table with more than 70 kid- and family-friendly recipes.

    In 1988, Paul Newman and A.E. Hotchner established the first Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, using the profits from their food company, Newman's Own. Today, over 7,000 children attend the camps each year.

    The spirit of sharing and good times fills The Hole in the Wall Gang Cookbook.Letter and poems from the campers, candid photographs, and a preface from Paul Newman make using the book a treat. So tie on an apron, roll up your sleeves, and get ready for some good eating with recipes like:

    • JULIA ROBERTS'S Baked Potato Soup
    • NEWMAN'S Favorite Chicken Soup
    • DAVID LETTERMAN'S Baked Chicken in A+ Sauce
    • NATHAN LANE'S Turkey Meatballs and Spahetti
    • BILL IRWIN'S Three-Cheese Potato Gratin
    • ANJELICA HUSTON'S Bandito Broccoli
    • JUDY COLLIN'S Brown Sugar Carrot Coins
    • NEWMAN'S Own Sweet New England Popcorn
    • WHOOPI GOLDBERG'S Classic American Carrot Cake with a Twist
    • MICHAEL BOLTON'S White Chocolate Brownie Hot Fudge Sundae
    • ROSEMARY CLOONEY'S Two-Fisted Chocolate Chip Cookies
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    5-0 out of 5 stars God Bless This Company!
    I am a loyal user of Newman's Own and Newman's Own Organics. This is a fun cookbook. My daughter and I enjoyed making the Jack in the Beanstalk Soup. It is nice to have a cookbook including so many of the Newman products. Lemonade Chicken Wings? Very tasty and a nice variety from the spicy.

    Congratualtions Mr Newman. I hope this book makes the kids a lot of money!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Turkey meatballs and spaghetti is really good.
    The books recipes are fun and easy. Some of My family members will not eat beef, and the Turkey meatballs and spaghetti was an excellent sub for beef meatballs. ... Read more


    19. Our Guys
    by BERNARD LEFKOWITZ
    list price: $15.00
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    Asin: 0375702695
    Catlog: Book (1998-04-28)
    Publisher: Vintage
    Sales Rank: 173054
    Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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    In March 1989 a group of teenage boys lured a retarded girl into a basement in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, and gang-raped her. Glen Ridge was the kind of peaceful, affluent suburb many Americans dream about. The rapists were its most popular high school athletes. And although rumors of the crime quickly spread through the town, weeks passed before anyone saw fit to report it to the police. What made these boys capable of brutalizing a girl that some of them had known since childhood? Why did so many of their elders deny the rape and rally around its perpetrators? To solve this riddle, the Edgar award-winning author Bernard Lefkowitz conducted years of research and more than two hundred interviews. The result is not just a wrenching story of crime and punishment, but a hauntingly nuanced portrait of America's jock culture and the hidden world of unrestrained adolescent sexuality.

    A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
    A Los Angeles Times Prize Finalist
    An Edgar Finalist
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    5-0 out of 5 stars How true
    I have seen some reviewers complain that this book stereotypes the rich or panders to stereotypes against athletes. Let me say that those stereotypes exist for a reason, and that this author is dead on. The high school portrayed in the novel and its predatory athletes reminded me so much of my school that I couldn't put it down. The boys in the book were allowed to get away with everything their entire lives, thanks to their doting parents who spoiled them rotten, their teachers who sucked up to them because their trophies and awards made the school look good, and the girls that fawned over them because of their looks. They knew they could do whatever they wanted, which is why they decided to sadistically rape a mentally retarded girl. This kind of stuff goes on in many perfect suburban communities, featuring "All-American guys", except most of the time it doesn't make the news. An excellent book on a disturbing topic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Tragedy of Lionizing High School and College Sports
    This is a tragically true story of a young retarded woman in New Jersey who is raped by the "stars" of the town's football team. Some place in every high school curriculum, this book should be on a required reading list and it should be followed up by some serious discussion of the ethical issues presented in this true account of tragedy. If there is truth to the notion of teachable moments in life, there are many to be found in this book that could benefit every educator, student, parent and community member in this country.I would like to say that Bernard Lefkowitz did an outstanding job researching and preparing to write this compellingly true story. Six stars for Lefkowitz' courage and hard work!!! I well imagine he has received death threats as a result of this outstanding and socially significant book. As far as the reality of this documentary, it is a sad indictment of how we "talk the talk" of the ideals of secondary school athletics (and seemingly even worse, intercollegiate athletics), yet, we frequently fail to "walk the walk" to make sure that sports are complementary to the educational process and not of primary importance "in and of themselves" in an individual high school, college or community as a whole.We can look anywhere in this country -- certainly not just in New Jersey where this tragedy takes place and we can observe a twisted and sometimes seeminly pathologically sub-conscious agenda in the support of athletics. Sadly, I have witnessed this most often in the parents of athletes.At the end of this book, I couldn't help but feeling angry and sad about the whole story -- for the victim especially but also for the "star" rapists who had been misguided and used by their parents and their community.Probably more disgusting than the crime itself is the manner in which many members of this New Jersey community tried to minimize what occured by trying to avoid facing the truth about the dangers we create in the idolization of "high school jocks". While so many efforts have been made to improve athletics in the context of academics, there are still some sports that I believe tend to ultimately endanger the physical and emotional well being of kids because of some need their schools and towns have for winning teams and high school "heros."Typical American communities seem to have a tremendous need for winning teams -- most often in Football, increasingly Hockey and of course, Basketball. I mention these three because in my observation, they are often the sports that seem to bring out some of the worst traits in young people.In order of objectified and sanctioned "violence," I have to indict the first two, football and hockey, as among the worst.They are among the most finacially costly for schools to offer and beyond the violence, seem to demand the largest slice of the athletic department's funding. From equipment, to stadiums and rinks, they also have the highest liability insurance rates -- because more kids get physically hurt participating in these two sports than in any other sports that schools can offer. These "costs" don't even measure the potential for "emotional damage" that lots of former athletes suffer after their "stardom" ends.Yes, I understand the ideals of team play, of self discipline and all of the supposed positives of these two sports, I just don't buy it!I have observed first hand too much sanctioned violence on the field and in the stands to believe these sports stands the test of their supposed value. Most sadly, parents are often those screaming loudest for blood -- encouraging their sons and now their daughters to "hurt" the opposition. Supposedly there is no "checking" allowed in women's hockey. Watch a game; they'll take the two minute penalty over the regulation!The more violence, the more excited the fans seem to grow -- Is this something we want to encourage in the young men and women of our society? Some parents seem to be living out their own unmet dreams for themselves now somehow attainable only through their kids' victories. And to what end?The winners get to be "untouchable stars" that basically can do no wrong. That's the case I believe Lefkowitz makes most clearly in this outrageous documentary of violence permitted because of adolescent celebrity. Yes, the perpetrators finally received some consequences but in my estimation, far too little was done, far too late! And, I wonder whether anything has changed in that town?This book is a tremendous companion to one which Buzz Bizzinger wrote called "Friday Night Lights", about a town in Odessa, Texas where the entire community comes out for Football like zealots. While nothing as tragic takes place in ... Lights, as in "Our Guys", what is really clear in both books is how much we cheat kids by making them believe in themselves as "heros" at 16, 17 and 18 years of age -- only for them yet to realize that there's lots left to learn about life and at the end of high school, the star fades when they have outlived their "usefulness" and they're just an ordinary Joe or Jane who can't figure out what happened.Too often some of these "stars" never get over it and have lots of trouble comprehending how to move on in life in a positive manner. Lefkowitz has presented an outstanding work which documents a serious issue every parent, community member and educator needs to think a lot about. Without some lessons taken from Bernard Lefkowitz'tragic story, our society will certainly continue to fail our kids in helping them to develop a healthy, realistic and balanced sense of themselves and their place and tremendous potential for the greater good of our world. Let's not lose kids in early or late adolescence to the despair many now seem to experience when they realize the sun has set on their "stardom"!

    5-0 out of 5 stars unforgettable coverage of a surbuban scandal
    Sports is famously said to build character and school spirit, and help young people mature into admirable adults. But it can also promote violence against women and help young people cement an offputting sense of entitlement. Parents, teachers and other influential adults who look the other way with a "boys will boys" attitude can, in fact, do a great deal of harm, and this book shows just how.

    The author's interest in the Glen Ridge scandal was first piqued when he realized that most of the town apparently supported the boys who sodomized a retarded girl. The girl herself was "asking for trouble." The boys would be scarred for life, it was said, having to undergo a trial.

    The author's investigation uncovered a long history on the boys' part of deviant and inappropriate sexual behavior and bullying to peers and even adults. Despite sporadic attempts at discipline, the jocks were mainly permitted to do as they pleased. Until the trial, that is.

    The author's sympathies are clearly with the girl, and the reader comes to realize that she is far from the Lolita portrayed by the opposing side's lawyer. In addition, the author uncovers statistics on the correlation between violence and male athletes, even breaking it down by sport. Highly recommended.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Author's Bias Mars Good Account
    I bought this book after hearing the author on a talk show. I recalled the case and the author's allusions to masculinity intrigued me enough to purchase and read the book. I even gave the book to others to read. I found it very interesting. It's a riveting account of a rape, really a story about the strong taking advantage of the weak. The perpetrators were a group of athletes. The victim was a retarded girl. However, as time has passed and I reflect upon this book, I share alot of the views of those that have given the book negative reviews. I think alot of what's in the book is just plain unfair, plays on people's stereotypes about athletes and reflects the author's resentments against privilege. For instance, the party that trashed the girl's house didn't even involve the perpetrators. Instead, its suppose to reflect something about the callousness of an affluent suburb. I can't help but think that this author is using this terrible event as an indictment against socio-economic privilege. The perpetrators were from a privileged class: they lived in an affluent area and were part of a popular group, highschool athletes. They did reflect the town's values of materialism and athlete worship. However, it's just unfair to paint a whole town or class for the acts of a few. There are countless examples of less privileged people behaving badly. There are plenty of examples of evil acts by every socio-economic group. These hierarchies in our society reflect material wealth, not moral uprightness or moral turpitude (There may be some individuals who believe that material wealth is a reflection of one's moral superiority but their beliefs are just as wrong as the author's). Moreover, it seems to me that the author really resents the accolades the high school athletes receive and this resentment informs his narrative. For the author, it's the town of Glen Ridge or society which celebrates athleteism and materialism which appears to be as equally guilty as the perpetrators of a rape. Come on! Not only is that a huge leap in logic, but it's pandering to a resentment some feel against those who are more privileged or more popular. If the author dropped this underlying agenda, he would have had a more accurate account - but maybe not a sensational one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Tale Ironically Repeating Itself on Long Island in 2003!
    This is a very worthy real as the trial begins for boys who were members of a Varsity Football Squad of a Long Island High School who allegedly "hazed" the Freshman team by sexually abusing some of them with broomksticks, pine cones and golf balls during Summer Football Camp held in Pennsylvania in August 2003. A community stands divided over the whole incident; broomsticks are being thrown at the victims in the parking lot of school; the football season was cancelled and coaches have been terminated. Yet, the healing hasn't even started. Another high school sports tragedy makes its indelible mark on the lives of many!

    When high school and college sports have horror stories like the more recent one in 2003 and the earlier one, which Our Guys considers, there is something wrong! When parents and community members try to minimize it because the team's "shining lights" are involved, that's all the more tragic.

    Our Guys is the true story of a young retarded woman in New Jersey who is raped by the "stars" of the town's football team. Some place in every high school curriculum, this book should be on a required reading list and it should be followed up by some serious discussion of the ethical issues presented in this true account of tragedy. If there is truth to the notion of teachable moments in life, there are many to be found in this book that could benefit every educator, student, parent and community member in this country. I would like to say that Bernard Lefkowitz did an outstanding job researching and preparing to write this compellingly true story. Six stars for Lefkowitz' courage and hard work!!! I well imagine he has received death threats as a result of this outstanding and socially significant book. As far as the reality of this documentary, it is a sad indictment of how we "talk the talk" of the ideals of secondary school athletics (and seemingly even worse, intercollegiate athletics), yet, we frequently fail to "walk the walk" to make sure that sports are complementary to the educational process and not of primary importance "in and of themselves" in an individual high school, college or community as a whole. We can look anywhere in this country -- certainly not just in New Jersey where this tragedy takes place and we can observe a twisted and sometimes seemingly pathologically sub-conscious agenda in the support of athletics. Sadly, I have witnessed this most often in the parents of athletes. At the end of this book, I couldn't help but feeling angry and sad about the whole story -- for the victim especially but also for the "star" rapists who had been misguided and used by their parents and their community. Probably more disgusting than the crime itself is the manner in which many members of this New Jersey community tried to minimize what occurred by trying to avoid facing the truth about the dangers we create in the idolization of "high school jocks". While so many efforts have been made to improve athletics in the context of academics, there are still some sports that I believe tend to ultimately endanger the physical and emotional well being of kids because of some need their schools and towns have for winning teams and high school "heroes." Typical American communities seem to have a tremendous need for winning teams -- most often in Football, increasingly Hockey and of course, Basketball. I mention these three because in my observation, they are often the sports that seem to bring out some of the worst traits in young people. In order of objectified and sanctioned "violence," I have to indict the first two, football and hockey, as among the worst. They are among the most financially costly for schools to offer and beyond the violence, seem to demand the largest slice of the athletic department's funding. From equipment, to stadiums and rinks, they also have the highest liability insurance rates -- because more kids get physically hurt participating in these two sports than in any other sports that schools can offer. These "costs" don't even measure the potential for "emotional damage" that lots of former athletes suffer after their "stardom" ends. Yes, I understand the ideals of team play, of self-discipline and all of the supposed positives of these two sports, I just don't buy it! I have observed first hand too much sanctioned violence on the field and in the stands to believe these sports stands the test of their supposed value. Most sadly, parents are often those screaming loudest for blood -- encouraging their sons and now their daughters to "hurt" the opposition. Supposedly there is no "checking" allowed in women's hockey. Watch a game; they'll take the two-minute penalty over the regulation! The more violence, the more excited the fans seem to grow -- Is this something we want to encourage in the young men and women of our society? Some parents seem to be living out their own unmet dreams for themselves now somehow attainable only through their kids' victories. And to what end? The winners get to be "untouchable stars" that basically can do no wrong. That's the case I believe Lefkowitz makes most clearly in this outrageous documentary of violence permitted because of adolescent celebrity. Yes, the perpetrator finally received some consequences but in my estimation, far too little was done, far too late! And, I wonder whether anything has changed in that town? This book is a tremendous companion to one that Buzz Bissinger wrote called "Friday Night Lights", about a town in Odessa, Texas where the entire community comes out for Football like zealots. While nothing as tragic takes place in ... Lights, as in "Our Guys", what is really clear in both books is how much we cheat kids by making them believe in themselves as "heroes" at 16, 17 and 18 years of age -- only for them yet to realize that there's lots left to learn about life and at the end of high school, the star fades when they have outlived their "usefulness" and they're just an ordinary Joe or Jane who can't figure out what happened. Too often some of these "stars" never get over it and have lots of trouble comprehending how to move on in life in a positive manner. Lefkowitz has presented an outstanding work which documents a serious issue every parent, community member and educator needs to think a lot about. Without some lessons taken from Bernard Lefkowitz' tragic story, our society will certainly continue to fail our kids in helping them to develop a healthy, realistic and balanced sense of themselves and their place and tremendous potential for the greater good of our world. Let's not lose kids in early or late adolescence to the despair many now seem to experience when they realize the sun has set on their "stardom"!

    Daniel J. Maloney
    Saint Paul, MN USA ... Read more


    20. STREET SOLDIER
    by JOSEPH MARSHALL
    list price: $22.95
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    Asin: 0385314302
    Catlog: Book (1996-04-01)
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Sales Rank: 193832
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    As a public school teacher, Joe Marshall grew sick and tired of watching his most promising students fall prey to the lure of gangs, drugs, and crime, and end up either dead or in prison.Finding that neither the justice nor school system seemed willing even to try to address the underlying problems--to give the kids the kind of information and assistance they really needed--he leapfrogged right over the system and co-founded the Omega Boys Club, based upon the belief that young people of the inner city want a way out of the life they're in, but just don't know how to get out.Since the club's inception in 1987, with a handful of kids in a community center basement, he and his small army of street soldiers have already helped 600 kids out of gang-banging and drug-dealing, and pushed, tutored, driven and even funded 140 inner-city kids into colleges around the country.

    Four years ago, to direct kids at risk to the Boys Club, he started a weekly radio call-in program called "Street Soldiers" that is now broadcast throughout California to an audience of over 200,000.His callers ask tough questions about gangs, drugs, teen pregnancy, and the multiple pressures of life in the inner city today."Street Soldiers" not only provides callers with a lifeline and listeners with a practical resource for hope, but has repeatedly averted gang warfare and stopped "payback" violence before they occurred.

    Street Soldier is the story of Joe Marshall's success and, as virtually the only good news coming out of the inner city today, it is incumbent upon all of us--citizens, parents, legislators, and teachers--to listen.From Marshall's own college days in the turbulent sixties and his early years as an idealistic young teacher, the book moves to the heartbreaking lessons that compelled him to do something.Street Soldier then takes readers through the day-by-day trials and tribulations of his efforts in the `hood, searching for effective ways to convince gun-toting crack dealers and gang members to take pride in their race, take responsibility for their actions, and take charge of their lives.Along the way the book goes inside the minds and lives of a handful of the kids who transform themselves in the mast dramatic way possible--and a few who sadly cannot.In the end, Street Soldier is a call to each of us to help shape the future of this generation at risk, to help our children grow strong--to be street soldiers in our own communities.

    Filled with tense confrontations and joyous celebrations, Street Soldier is an uplifting story by and about one man who makes a difference--and the cure his story may well provide for the cancer eating at our nation today. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Can you name the risk factors for youth violence?
    Marshall has succeeded where others before him have failed. Street Soldiers offers all the "urban reality" stories to get you out of your comfortable chair, but doesn't simply stop there. Outlining a clear and concise approach for dealing with youth violence, Marshall has put forth the solution for tackling one of our nations hidden epidemics. Whether your a frontline worker with youth or not, you will find this a must read book to find out how you can best help stem this incidious disease impacting all of us. ... Read more


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